Compassion Quotes

Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self. -Arnold Toynbee


The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others. -Albert Schweitzer


Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will. -William Cowper


Compassion is no substitute for justice.- Rush Limbaugh


Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.- Henry Ward Beecher


Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. -Eric Hoffer


Compassion is the basis of all morality.- Arthur Schopenhauer


By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also. -Thomas Browne


There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.- Milan Kundera


I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. - William Faulkner


Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. - Bhagavad Gita


You'll discover that real love is millions of miles past falling in love with anyone or anything. When you make that one effort to feel compassion instead of blame or self-blame, the heart opens again and continues opening. - Sara Paddison


One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. - Simone de Beauvoir


The chemist who can extract from his heart's elements compassion, respect, longing, patience, regret, surprise, and forgiveness and compound them into one can create that atom which is called love. - Khalil Gibran


The media have just buried the last yuppie, a pathetic creature who had not heard the news that the great pendulum of public consciousness has just swung from Greed to Compassion and from Tex-Mex to meatballs. - Barbara Ehrenreich


Let us have compassion for those under chastisement. Alas, who are we ourselves? Who am I and who are you? Whence do we come and is it quite certain that we did nothing before we were born? This earth is not without some resemblance to a gaol. Who knows but that man is a victim of divine justice? Look closely at life. It is so constituted that one senses punishment everywhere. - Victor Hugo


The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation.-Steven Cojocaru


The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.-Norman Cousins


The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion.-Christopher Darden


The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.-Everett Dirksen


The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.-Jim Ramstad


The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.-Albert Schweitzer


The super power that I would choose would be compassion. Because that's what I think it takes to make it through life-an understanding, a give and take. It saves an awful lot of resentment.-Craig T. Nelson


The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.-Anton Chekhov


The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion.-Julian Bond


The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.-Thomas Merton


The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.-Samuel Johnson


There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.-Milan Kundera


There's nothing wrong with the free-enterprise system. But it has to have some compassion.-Jim McDermott


These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness.-Anthony de Mello


They weren't impatient for the boys to turn into cartoons again. They awarded sympathy, gave compassion. Because deep down they had found parts of themselves in the characters. You said it George.-Audrey Meadows


Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.-George W. Bush


Today, our actions must be motivated only by our intense desire to achieve a just and lasting peace. The compassion and charity of the American people should be reflected in this legislation, though sadly, they are silenced.-Nick Rahall


Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.-Albert Schweitzer


Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace.-U. Thant

We are a Nation of peace and compassion, yet these people have and will devote every fiber of their beings to the destruction of Americans and our Country.-Charles Foster Bass


In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times.-Michael Burgess


It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion.-Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.-Ursula K. Le Guin


It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.-Haile Selassie


It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.-Erma Bombeck


It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man.-Barbara Walters


Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.-Leonard Cohen


Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America.-Henry Cabot Lodge


Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.-Dalai Lama


Make no judgements where you have no compassion.-Anne McCaffrey


Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.-Stevie Wonder


Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.-Morgan Freeman


Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.-William Cowper


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice.-Mark Pryor


May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.-Marianne Williamson


More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding.-Paul D. Boyer


My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment, compassion and common sense.-Polly Toynbee


My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.-Michelle Obama


My wife is the most awesome person in the universe. She's made this experience much less miserable for me, with her compassion, patience and understanding.-Wil Wheaton


No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim.-Boris Pasternak

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