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

Compassion is not a popular virtue

Karen Armstrong

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black.

Robert F. Kennedy

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

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

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

Erma Bombeck

He who feels no compassion will become insane.

Hasidic Saying

But if we have the energy of compassion and loving kindness in us, the people around us will be influenced by our way of being and living.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Compassion takes imagination.

Jennifer Beals

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

Dalai Lama

Compassion is not a popular virtue. Very often when I talk to religious people, and mention how important it is that compassion is the key, that it's the sine qua non of religion, people look kind of balked, and stubborn sometimes, as much to say, "what's the point of having religion if you can't disapprove of other people?" And sometimes we use religion just to back up these unworthy hatreds, because we're frightened too.

Karen Armstrong

The one and only test of a valid religious idea, doctrinal statement, spiritual experience, or devotional practice was that it must lead directly to practical compassion. If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express this sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, or self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology. Compassion was the litmus test for the prophets of Israel, for the rabbis of the Talmud, for Jesus, for Paul, and for Muhammad, not to mention Confucius, Lao-tsu, the Buddha, or the sages of the Upanishads.

Karen Armstrong

It is easy enough to be friendly to one's friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.

Mahatma Gandhi

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.

Chinua Achebe

It is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.

Albert Camus

When morality comes up against profit, it is seldom that profit loses.

Shirley Chisholm

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

Robert Baden-Powell

Compassionate love may be strong. It sobs, it burns, then it wipes away its tears – and it does nothing.

Alexander Herzen

The well taught philosophic mind To all compassion gives; Casts round the world an equal eye, And feels for all that lives.

Anna Letitia Barbauld

The students [of the 60s] substituted conspicuous compassion for their parents conspicuous consumption.

Allan David Bloom

A diner having a row with a waiter in a swanky restaurant chills the blood in a way that a quarrel over a pizza order elsewhere would never do. Compassion is rarely the custom of the privileged.

Derren Victor Brown

One love, one heart, one destiny.

Bob Marley

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

John Bunyan

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.

Jane Goodall

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Updated On : June 25, 2013
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