Compassion Quotes

Most popular compassion quotes

Compassion is not conditional.

buddhist

Compassion is the basis of all morality.
To grow old is to pass from passion to compassion.
Compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.

maturity

Compassion without action is no better than indifference.
Compassion is a mixed passion, composed of love and sorrow.
Compassion in the highest degree is the divinest form of religion.

religion

A religious man is a person...whose greatest passion is compassion.
What value has compassion that does not take its object in its arms?
True compassion is not forged at a distance from pain but in its fires.
If one fully understands all the circumstances...one may have compassion.
Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.
Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
The highest forms of understanding we can achieve are laughter and human compassion.

laughter understanding

Compassion is our deepest nature. It arises from our interconnection with all things.

buddhist universalism

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

pain

Compassion can be defined, therefore, as an attitude of principled, consistent altruism.

altruism

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

universalism

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

empathy

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

happiness

By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also.
Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief.
and not seek for kind relief?

sorrow

The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able to say to him: "What are you going through?"
Look at flowers, butterflies, trees, and children with the eyes of compassion. Compassion will change your life and make it wonderful.

buddhist

Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that action as natural and to be expected.
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.
In languages that derive from Latin, "compassion" means: we cannot look on cooly as others suffer; or, we  sympathize with those who suffer.
Compassion is probably the only antitoxin of the soul.  Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
Compassion and love are not mere luxuries.  As the source of both inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.
Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion.  When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large.

empathy self-centered

Half the misery of human life might be extinguished, would men alleviate the general curse they lie under, by mutual offices of compassion, benevolence, and humanity.
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.

civil rights movement society

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.

charity knowledge love philosophers

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.
Sentimentality is superficial, easy listening that does nothing to expand our understanding.  Compassion is quite different. Risky and exigent, it puts you inside someone else. This is one of literature's greatest strengths.
Peace and compassion go hand in hand with understanding and nondiscrimination. We choose one thing over another when we discriminate. With the eyes of compassion, we can look at all of living reality at once. A compassionate person sees himself or herself in every being. With the ability to view reality from many viewpoints, we can overcome all viewpoints and act compassionately in each situation.

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