Compassion Quotes

Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.

Betty Williams

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

Thomas Browne, Sr.

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism

Hubert H. Humphrey

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 J. Heschel

Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy

Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy

How can one, who eats the flesh of others to swell his flesh, show compassion?


Weapons are the tools of violence;all decent men detest them.Weapons are the tools of fear;a decent man will avoid themexcept in the direst necessityand, if compelled, will use themonly with the utmost restraint.Peace is his highest value.If the peace has been shattered,how can he be content?His enemies are not demons,but human beings like himself.He doesn't wish them personal harm.Nor does he rejoice in victory.How could he rejoice in victoryand delight in the slaughter of men?He enters a battle gravely,with sorrow and with great compassion,as if he were attending a funeral

Lao Tzu†

There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learned to see the great events of world history from below, from the perspective of the outcasts, the suspects, the maltreated in short, from the perspective of those who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior. Christians are called to compassion and to action.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The same was true of the most popular girls. They had no empathy, no compassion for more normal kids.

William M. Kucmierowski

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

Hubert H. Humphrey

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

Dalai Lama

Compassion automatically brings happiness and calmness. Then, even if you receive disturbing news, it will be easier to take, as your mind is still.

Dalai Lama

It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.

Dalai Lama

The path to guidance is one of love and compassion, not of force and coercion.


Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.

Simone Weil
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