Quotations on Sympathy

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We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.
- Samuel Hopkins Adams
(Keywords: Time, Sympathy, Living)

A crowd always thinks with its sympathy, never with its reason.
- William R. Alger
(Keywords: Sympathy, Reason)

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Sympathy, Criticism, First)

The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Sympathy, Knowledge, Stress)

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Sympathy, Balance)

A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism.
- Irving Babbitt
(Keywords: Faith, Sympathy, Progress, Cause, Desire, Future, Mankind, May)

You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men.
- Max Beerbohm
(Keywords: Men, Sympathy, Dogs, Will, Woman)

I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
- Aneurin Bevan
(Keywords: Sympathy, Altruism)

Criticism in the universities, I'll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It's Stalinism without Stalin.
- Harold Bloom
(Keywords: Sympathy, Criticism)

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls.
- Lionel Blue
(Keywords: Sympathy, End, Pity)

It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world.
- Nellie Bly
(Keywords: Sympathy, Kindness, Trouble, World)

It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
- F. H. Bradley
(Keywords: Nature, Change, Sympathy, Economy, Help, May)

I have nothing but sympathy for the people who are forced to work with me. I'm better now at picking out those that want to play that game with me, and those that don't.
- Alton Brown
(Keywords: Work, Sympathy, People, Nothing, Now, Play, Want)

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.
- Robert Browning
(Keywords: Sympathy, Autumn)

I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves.
- John Burns
(Keywords: Power, Sympathy, Desire, Help, Man, Want)

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Friendship, Sympathy, Trying, Words)

A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated from any human philosophy.
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Keywords: Sympathy, Philosophy, Present, Will)

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Love, Sympathy, Friendship, Passion)

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Keywords: Sympathy, Virtue, Selfishness)

Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help, and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy.
- Stafford Cripps
(Keywords: War, Sympathy, Arguments, Difficulties, Help, May, Respect, State, Will)

We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living.
- Davy Crockett
(Keywords: Sympathy, Act, Balance, Injustice, Living, Respect)

Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink.
- W. H. Davies
(Keywords: Men, Sympathy, Generosity)

I believe that we must reach our brother, never toning down our fundamental oppositions, but meeting him when he asks to be met, with a reason for the faith that is in us, as well as with a loving sympathy for them as brothers.
- Dorothy Day
(Keywords: Faith, Brother, Sympathy, Brothers, Meeting, Reason)

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Sympathy, Feelings, Thoughts, Habits, Nations, Poor)

IT is mere coincidence that Cooper was born in the year which produced The Power of Sympathy and that when he died Uncle Tom's Cabin was passing through its serial stage, and yet the limits of his life mark almost exactly the first great period of American fiction.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren
(Keywords: Life, Power, Sympathy, American, Fiction, First, Limits)

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
- George Eliot
(Keywords: Marriage, Sympathy, Conquest)

If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other's nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth.
- Henry Ellis
(Keywords: Men, Nature, Women, Sympathy, Youth)

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
- Ben Elton
(Keywords: Sympathy, Feeling, Resentment, Victims)

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.
- Tom Ford
(Keywords: Sympathy, America, World)

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
- Edward Gibbon
(Keywords: Sympathy, Misery)

There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order.
- William E. Gladstone
(Keywords: Experience, Sympathy, Ideas, Desire, Freedom, Generations, Loyalty, Order)

No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
- Emma Goldman
(Keywords: Education, Sympathy, Soul, Wealth, Effort, Generosity, Kindness, Treasure)

There's no greater way to gain an audience's sympathy than by being unfortunate.
- Seth Green
(Keywords: Sympathy, Being, Gain)

Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
- Angelina Grimke
(Keywords: Education, Women, Sympathy, Inferiority, Liberal, Man, Wrong)

I am the son of a small and far-away nation and the other laureates have all come from different countries from all over the world and we all were equally received here with signs of sympathy.
- Albert Szent Gyorgyi
(Keywords: Son, Sympathy, Countries, Nation, World)

More negatives write than call. It's a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic.
- John Hall
(Keywords: Sympathy, Contempt, Expression, Letters, Poor)

Autumn wins you best by this, its mute Appeal to sympathy for its decay.
- Robert Browning Hamilton
(Keywords: Sympathy, Autumn)

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of sympathy have been touched.
- Paul Harris
(Keywords: Sympathy, Motherhood)

Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer.
- William Hull
(Keywords: Death, Sympathy, Bible, Support)

I take people very seriously. People are all I take seriously, in fact. Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave - and nothing but laughter to console them with.
- John Irving
(Keywords: Sympathy, People, Fact, Laughter, Nothing)

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change.
- Jesse Jackson
(Keywords: Change, Sympathy, Result, Tears, Will)

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.
- William James
(Keywords: Sympathy, Community)

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.
- Jerome K. Jerome
(Keywords: Sympathy, Faults)

I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot by people outside of school, it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough they'd take sympathy on me.
- Daniel Johns
(Keywords: Sympathy, People, Being, School, Theory)

Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
- Louise J. Kaplan
(Keywords: Sympathy, Adolescence, Children, Compassion)

California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. May we not rely upon your sympathy and assistance?
- Denis Kearney
(Keywords: Sympathy, American, May)

Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Keywords: Sympathy, Soul, Concern, Giving, May, Pity)

We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.
- Helmut Kohl
(Keywords: Sympathy, People, Deep, Respect, United)

Sympathy is charming, but it does not make up for pain.
- Lillie Langtry
(Keywords: Sympathy, Pain)

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Keywords: Sympathy, Expression)



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