Tender Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tender quotes, tender sayings, and tender proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There are few things so tender as a man's dignity.     

Robin Hobb

A light, tender, sensitive touch is worth a ton of brawn.     

Peter Thomson

The tender Mercy of God has given us one another.     

Catherine McAuley

A simple smile, a tender touch, speaks the true language of love.     

Dan Fogelberg

The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.     

Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

A tender heart is a wakeful, watchful heart. It watches against sin in the soul, sin in the family, sin in the calling, sin in spiritual duties and performances.     

John Bunyan

The cure for tender sensibilities is to make more of our objects and less of ourselves.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

With the tough mind, there must also be a tender heart.      

Martin Luther King Jr.

It is better to have a tender than harden human heart.      

Lailah Gifty Akita

Tender are a mother's dreams, But her babe's not what he seems. See him plotting in his mind To grow up some other kind.     

Clarence Day

Tender expressions of love and affection toward children are as much the responsibility of the father as the mother. Tell your children you love them.     

Howard W. Hunter

Tender words we spoke to one another are sealed in the secret vaults of heaven. One day like rain, they will fall to earth and grow green all over the world.     


There is nothing as strong as tenderness, And nothing as tender as true strength.     

Saint Francis De Sales

Where you are tender, you speak your plural.     

Roland Barthes

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of sympathy have been touched.     

Paul P. Harris

Love is an act of endless forgiveness, a tender look which becomes a habit.     

Peter Ustinov

Fathers need to be tough and tender...you be tough for your family, be tender with your family. You protect them, and you be a safe place.     

Mark Driscoll

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas time.     

Laura Ingalls Wilder

He who tenders doubtful safety to those in trouble refuses it.     

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Even the smallest tender mercy can bring peace when recognized and appreciated.     

Richelle E. Goodrich

And I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples and bastards and broken things.     

George R. R. Martin

Just a tender sense of my own process, that holds something of my connection with the divine.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Her tender feet felt as if cut with sharp knives, but she cared not for it; a sharper pang had pierced through her heart.      

Hans Christian Andersen

No power on earth compares to a mother's tender prayers.     

Edwin Arnold

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy ground. There's no greater investment.     

Stephen R. Covey

Love is a tender plant; when properly nourished, it becomes sturdy and enduring, but neglected it will soon wither and die.     

Hugh B. Brown

True love is deemed to be the most tender of our emotions, as even the blind and deaf know; but I know, what few believe, that true friendship is more tender still.     

August von Platen-Hallermunde

It is in your self-interest to find a way to be very tender.     

Jenny Holzer

If no tender words are spoken, no tender hearts can be broken.     

Kim Kardashian

Sometimes you have to avoid mentioning things because people's feelings are tender.     

Garrison Keillor