62 Beautiful Quotes About Compassion

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What does it mean to be compassionate? How can we become more compassionate in our daily lives towards friends, family, and even strangers?

To find out, we’ve collected some of the best words ever written about compassion. Share your favorites, and spread the love.

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

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 your life you will have been all of these. - George Washington Carver

Feel For All Living Beings

For 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, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival. - Dalai Lama

In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more. - Unknown

Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of knowledge. - Albert Einstein

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit. - Charles de Lint

If compassion was the motivating factor behind all of our decisions, would our world not be a completely different place? - Sheryl Crow

Compassion For The World

Compassion is the ability to see how it all is. - Ram Dass

When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story. Everyone has gone through something that has changed them. - Unknown

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action. - Daniel Goleman

Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else. - Karen Armstrong

Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love. - Jane Goodall

Compassion Into Action

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. - Dalai Lama

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. - Jesse Jackson

Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human. - Henri J.M. Nouwen

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, and don’t put up with people that are reckless with yours. - Kurt Vonnegut

Compassion begins with attention. - Daniel Goleman

With compassion, we see benevolently our own human condition and the condition of our fellow beings. We drop prejudice. We withhold judgment. - Christina Baldwin

You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him. - James D. Miles

Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you — not because they are nice, but because you are. - Unknown

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

The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. - Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Everyone Is Afraid

By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them we relieve ourselves also. - Thomas Browne, Sr.

If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. - Bob Hope

The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them. - Louis C.K.

Compassion is the deep awareness of the suffering of another, coupled with the wish to relieve it. The key to opening that door is letting go of the illusion that people are separate from each other; compassion teaches us that everyone is deeply connected to one another. Compassion is empathy, and empathy is being sensitive to the thoughts, feelings, and experiences of others without them have to directly communicate those things to us. - Mary Brantley

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. - Harold Kushner

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. - Maya Angelou

By compassion we mean the deep feeling that comes when we recognize our soul’s reflection in another person, when that other person’s pain or joy becomes our own. - Cindy Spring

What Comes From The Heart

Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances. - Saint Vincent de Paul

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 feelings 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. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. - Albert Einstein

If thou are a master, be sometimes blind; if a servant, sometimes deaf. - Thomas Fuller

We are called to be strong companions and clear mirrors to one another, to seek those who reflect with compassion and a keen eye how we are doing, whether we seem centered or off course … we need the nourishing company of others to create the circle needed for growth, freedom and healing. - Wayne Muller

Compassion begins with the acknowledgment of the single inescapable truth that is the foundation for the possibility of love between human beings — an awareness of the tragic sense of life. - Sam Keen

Fair And Softly

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. - Henry Ward Beecher

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. - Nelson Mandela

Compassion and justice are companions, not choices. - William Sloane Coffin

An attitude of compassion does not mean looking down on someone, pitying them in their misery. Compassion is based on respect. We discuss life as equals, learn from each other and strive together to improve our lives. - Daisaku Ikeda

Compassion is a verb. - Thích Nhất Hạnh

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one’s life — reciprocity. - Confucius

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

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. We have it within our means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter. - Norman Cousins

Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves. - Horace Mann

A mind committed to compassion is like an overflowing reservoir — a constant source of energy, determination, and kindness. Or this mind can be likened to a seed; when cultivated, it gives rise to many other qualities, such as tolerance, inner strength, and the confidence to overcome fear and insecurity. - Dalai Lama

One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. - Simone De Beauvoir

The more you care, the stronger you can be. - Jim Rohn

Make no judgments where you have no compassion. - Anne McCaffrey

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again. - Og Mandino

Compassion and happiness are not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength. - Dalai Lama

Be Nice To The Waiter

To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. - Howard Zinn

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

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. - Maya Angelou

All beings wish for happiness, so extend your compassion to all. - Buddha

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