Quotations on Compassion

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I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Compassion, Water, Will)

Compassion is not a popular virtue.
- Karen Armstrong
(Keywords: Virtue, Compassion, Popular)

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
- Francis of Assisi
(Keywords: Men, God, Compassion, Pity, Will)

We are a Nation of peace and compassion, yet these people have and will devote every fiber of their beings to the destruction of Americans and our Country.
- Charles Foster Bass
(Keywords: Peace, People, Americans, Compassion, Country, Destruction, Nation, Will)

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
(Keywords: Life, Friendship, Love, Compassion, Value)

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Compassion, Cure, Will)

Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Thought, Being, Compassion, Necessity, Order, Supernatural, World)

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
- Erma Bombeck
(Keywords: Mother, Compassion, Judgment, Understanding)

The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion.
- Julian Bond
(Keywords: War, Compassion, Iraq, Terrorism)

More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding.
- Paul D. Boyer
(Keywords: Love, Father, Discipline, Honesty, Compassion, Example, Understanding, Word)

A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Love, Compassion, Humanity, Lying, World)

Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.
- Frederick Buechner
(Keywords: Peace, Knowledge, Compassion, Feeling, Joy, Skin)

In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times.
- Michael Burgess
(Keywords: People, Compassion, Evil, Freedom, Limits, Value)

Our highly qualified teachers not only work hard, but they care about each and every student that enters their classroom. I thank you, Montana teachers, for your sense of duty and compassion to our precious future generation.
- Conrad Burns
(Keywords: Work, Care, Classroom, Compassion, Duty, Future, Montana, Sense, Teachers)

Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character.
- George W. Bush
(Keywords: Character, Courage, Commitment, Compassion, Nation, Promise, Today)

The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Causes, Compassion, Misery)

However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Balance, Being, Compassion, Connection, Delight, Doubt, Evil, Sorrow)

Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Food, Nature, Compassion, Hunger)

Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed.
- Joseph Butler
(Keywords: Compassion, Debt, Mind, Misery, Pain, Right, Sorrow)

The dew of compassion is a tear.
- Lord Byron
(Keywords: Compassion, Dew)

The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others.
- Anton Chekhov
(Keywords: Fear, Compassion, Grief, Sensations)

What President Bush has done speaks more than words about his feeling of compassion and commitment to people.
- Thad Cochran
(Keywords: People, Commitment, Compassion, Feeling, President, Words)

Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
- Leonard Cohen
(Keywords: Compassion, Despair, Judges, Killing, Will)

The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation.
- Steven Cojocaru
(Keywords: Hope, Compassion, Generosity, Importance, Inspiring)

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again.
- Paula Cole
(Keywords: Anger, Music, Compassion, Luck, Pain)

Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.
- Charles Colson
(Keywords: Compassion, Sense)

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.
- Norman Cousins
(Keywords: Compassion, Indifference)

Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.
- William Cowper
(Keywords: God, Heart, Compassion, Man, May, Will)

I think one of the best words in the English language is compassion. I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care... and if everybody just did something. We all make a difference.
- Michael Crawford
(Keywords: Love, Care, Compassion, Difference, English, Language, Words)

I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time. What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. 'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.' That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that.
- Tom Cruise
(Keywords: Life, Time, Artists, Compassion, Help)

The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion.
- Christopher Darden
(Keywords: Compassion, Justice, Law)

We obviously need more love in the world. And we obviously need more compassion and understanding. Our leaders need to really address these issues properly now.
- Dave Davies
(Keywords: Love, Compassion, Leaders, Now, Understanding, World)

Since its inception, our Nation has stood on the foundations of compassion and justice.
- Mike DeWine
(Keywords: Compassion, Justice, Nation)

The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.
- Everett Dirksen
(Keywords: Heart, Compassion, Mind, Persuasion)

I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers; rather, compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides.
- Kyan Douglas
(Keywords: Love, Fear, Compassion, Shame, Teachers, Understanding)

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart
(Keywords: God, Love, Compassion, Goodness, May, Name)

You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time.
- Dave Eggers
(Keywords: Time, Compassion, Listening, Open, Parents, Questions, Schools, Students, Teachers)

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.
- Albert Einstein
(Keywords: Beauty, Nature, Compassion, Living)

I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion.
- William Falconer
(Keywords: Soul, Compassion, Kindness, Man, Spirit, Voice, Will)

I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
- William Faulkner
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Soul, Compassion, Endurance, Man, Spirit, Voice, Will)

In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools.
- Mark Foley
(Keywords: Education, Faith, Trust, Discipline, Compassion, Ideals, Schools, Understanding)

Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.
- Morgan Freeman
(Keywords: Sacrifice, Soul, Compassion, Endurance, Man, Spirit, Voice)

The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother's love is the best symbol for love and compassion, because it is totally disinterested.
- Richard Gere
(Keywords: Love, Mother, Compassion, Symbol)

What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.
- Richard Gere
(Keywords: Love, Appreciation, Compassion, Kindness)

Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.
- Louis Gerstner
(Keywords: Computers, Dreams, Love, Compassion, Machine, Spirit, Tools, Understanding)

I am so proud of Michigan's citizens for the kindness and generosity they have shown in assisting in this endeavor. It is truly heartwarming to see the compassion shown for those in need.
- Jennifer Granholm
(Keywords: Compassion, Generosity, Kindness)

Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated.
- Brad Henry
(Keywords: Strength, Adversity, Compassion, Will, World)

What unites Oklahomans today is what has always united us: Our unshakable faith. Our love of family and compassion for others. The unlimited promise of a hopeful future.
- Brad Henry
(Keywords: Family, Love, Faith, Compassion, Future, Promise, Today, United)

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
(Keywords: Love, Time, God, Thought, Strength, Compassion, Defiance, Despair, Harm, Man, Religious)

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Compassion, Impulses)



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