Selected Quotes about Compassion

To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is ever the beginning of one's real ethical development. -- Felix Adler

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it. -- Thomas Aquinas

A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. -- Edward Bulwer-Lytton

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these. -- George Washington Carver

I'm not sure I knew what an entrepreneur was when I was ten, but I knew that starting little businesses and trying to sell greeting cards or newspapers door-to-door or just vending machine kind of thing is.. there's just something very intriguing to me about that. -- Steve Case

When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it's bottomless, that it doesn't have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space. -- Pema Chodron

Years ago I recognized my kinship with all living things, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on the earth. I said then and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it; while there is a criminal element, I am of it; while there is a soul in prison, I am not free. -- Eugene V. Debs

I remember when I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people's hands, people used to be shocked because they'd never seen this before. To me it was quite normal. -- Princess Diana

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. -- Benjamin Disraeli

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. -- Albert Einstein

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. -- Viktor Frankl

Genuine politics -- even politics worthy of the name -- the only politics I am willing to devote myself to -- is simply a matter of serving those around us: serving the community and serving those who will come after us. Its deepest roots are moral because it is a responsibility expressed through action, to and for the whole. -- Vaclav Havel

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. -- Abraham Joshua Heschel

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -- Thomas Jefferson

I look forward confidently to the day when all who work for a living will be one with no thought to their separateness as Negroes, Jews, Italians or any other distinctions. This will be the day when we bring into full realization the American dream -- a dream yet unfulfilled. A dream of equality of opportunity, of privilege and property widely distributed; a dream of a land where men will not take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few; a dream of a land where men will not argue that the color of a man's skin determines the content of his character; a dream of a nation where all our gifts and resources are held not for ourselves alone, but as instruments of service for the rest of humanity; the dream of a country where every man will respect the dignity and worth of the human personality. -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. -- HH the Dalai Lama

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

Reason guides our attempt to understand the world about us. Both reason and compassion guide our efforts to apply that knowledge ethically, to understand other people, and have ethical relationships with other people. -- Molleen Matsumura

It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers. The more solitary I am the more affection I have for them. Solitude and silence teach me to love my brothers for what they are, not for what they say. -- Thomas Merton

I use the word power broadly, because even more important than military and indeed economic power is the power of ideas, the power of compassion, and the power of hope. -- Condoleezza Rice

...when we finally know we are dying, and all other sentient beings are dying with us, we start to have a burning, almost heartbreaking sense of the fragility and preciousness of each moment and each being, and from this can grow a deep, clear, limitless compassion for all beings. -- Sogyal Rinpoche

Compassion is the basis of morality. -- Arnold Schopenhauer

All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering the animals are our equals. -- Peter Singer

Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice. -- Spinoza

Pay attention, people! There's no excuse for making the same mistakes that others have made. If you do, it's your own fault and you should expect no sympathy, no compassion. -- Donald Trump

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. -- Desmond Tutu

So people actually, if they want to know, "What is God like?" they would have to look at you and me and see us as being compassionate, because God is compassionate, as being loving, because God is loving. -- Desmond Tutu

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