Sayings about Compassion

Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart. ~ Phil Jackson

Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are goint to be compassionate, be prepared for action! ~ Desmond Tutu

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

When we know ourselves to be connected to all others, acting compassionately is simply the natural thing to do. ~ Rachel Naomi Remen

Compassion is silent but does not remain secluded. It goes out at the sight of trouble, sin, and need. ~ E. M. Bounds

Compassion is the chief law of human existence. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky

The dew of compassion is a tear. ~ Lord Byron

Honesty without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle hostility. ~ Rose N. Franzblau

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves. ~ Pema Chodron

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ John Le Carre

Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving good for you if your kindness reaches the undeserving take joy in your compassion. ~ James Fadiman

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with. ~ Myriam Miedzian

In the beginning, compassion is like the seed without which we cannot have any fruit; in the middle, compassion is like water to nourish the see we have planted; in the end, compassion is like the warmth of the sun that brings the fruit to ripening. ~ Buddha

Compassion crowns the soul with its truest victory. ~ Aberjhani

Compassion is the sense of our own misfortunes in those of another. ~ L. M. Stretch

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

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

We have to make mistakes, its how we learn compassion for others. ~ Curtis Sittenfeld

True compassion is not forged at a distance from pain but in its fires. ~ Christina Feldman

Some people’s compassion is worse than their indifference or even hatred. ~ E. P. Day

I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don’t despise it. But it can’t quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it. ~ Georges Bernanos

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness. ~ Mother Teresa

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

Love and compassion are the mother and father of a smile. We need to create more smiles in our world today. Smiles, after all, pave the way to a happy world. ~ Steve Maraboli

Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural. ~ John Berger

Compassion is not just a feeling; it is a response to pain that is deeply rooted in wisdom. It is a commitment to alleviating suffering and the cause of suffering in all its forms. ~ Christina Feldman

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

It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts. ~ Steve Maraboli

Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all. ~ Theodore I. Rubin

The family is a school of compassion because it is here that we learn to live with other people. ~ Karen Armstrong

Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody. ~ Margaret Deland

Pain must enter into its glorified life of memory before it can turn into compassion. ~ George Eliot

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. ~ Willard Beecher

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

Compassion makes you a lotus. You start rising above the muddy world of desires, greed, anger. Compassion is a transformation of your energies. ~ Osho

Great compassion is the root of all spiritual paths, and of all Superior beings. ~ Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

The symptoms of compassion and benevolence, in some people, are like those minute guns which warn you that you are in deadly peril. ~ Madame Swetchine

We will be remembered not for the power of our weapons but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare. ~ Hubert H. Humphrey

Let’s get loose with compassion. Let’s drown in the delicious ambience of love. ~ Hafiz

Most women bestow their favors upon men, not from Passion, but from Compassion. ~ Abraham Miller

Compassion is that species of affection which is excited either by the actual distress of its object, or by some impending calamity, which appears inevitable; it is a benevolent sorrow for the sufferings or approaching misery of another. ~ Charles Buck

Compassion to an offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them. ~ Junius

Compassion is born when we discover in the center of our own existence not only that God is God and man is man, but also that our neighbor really is our fellow man. ~ Henri Nouwen

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

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

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

Compassion–that’s the one thing no machine ever had. Maybe it’s the one thing that keeps man ahead of them. ~ D.C. Fontana

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. ~ Andrew Boyd

Compassion is the basis of all truthful relationship: it means being present with love—for ourselves and for all life, including animals, fish, birds, and trees. ~ Ram Dass

There is no small kindness; every compassionate act makes large the world. ~ Mary Anne Radmacher

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world. ~ Francis Schaeffer

Liberals measure compassion by how many people are given welfare. Conservatives measure compassion by how many people no longer need it. ~ Rush Limbaugh

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

Compassion is no substitute for justice. ~ Rush Limbaugh

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~ Steve Maraboli

Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken. ~ Henri J. M. Nouwen

Let our compassion express itself in efforts to bring the erring back to sacred principles, and if they persist, let us pity them the more for a blindness so fatal to themselves. ~ S. E. D. Charnage

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion. ~ Meister Eckhart

All people are endowed with the faculty of compassion, and for this reason can develop the humanitarian spirit. ~ Albert Schweitzer

We must bring compassion back to the market place. Social justice is our goal. To achieve it, we all must help create a more tolerant and fair society. ~ Rave Bird

Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion! ~ Camille Paglia

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. ~ Pema Chodron

To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion. ~ Albert Camus

Compassion is the basis of morality. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer

The ideal of compassion is not feeling bad for what we cannot do; it is joyfully and energetically doing all that we can for others in any given moment. ~ Lorne Ladner

Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil within us. Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. ~ Eric Hoffer

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

Compassion is a mixed passion, composed of love and sorrow. ~ Noah Webster

There is often more pride than goodness in our grief for our enemies’ miseries; it is to show how superior we are to them that we bestow on them the sign of our compassion. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void. ~ Karen Armstrong

There never was any heart truly great and generous that was not also tender and compassionate. ~ Robert South

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


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