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Compassion Quotes

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People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Related topics: Inspirational Love Live-By Kindness Gentleness Feelings

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

 

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Whether one believes in a religion or not,
and whether one believes in rebirth or not,
there isn't anyone who doesn't
appreciate kindness and compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

One of the secrets of life is that
all that is really worth the doing
is what we do for others.
- Lewis Carroll

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

No one is to be called an enemy,
all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm.
You have no enemy except yourselves.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

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.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Honor True Self
Forgive with Compassion
Receive ALL of life with Thanksgiving
CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration
Dream with Powerful Vision
Act with Bold Courage
Dance with a Light Heart
Relax in the Arms of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Compassion is the ultimate value in life.
Service is the ultimate action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The brightest stars are those who
shine for the benefit of others.
- Anonymous

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

Our compassion and acts of selflessness
take us to the deeper truths.
- Amma

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

Whosoever is spared personal pain
must feel himself called
to help in diminishing the pain of others.
We must all carry our share of
the misery which lies upon the world.
- Albert Schweitzer

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.
- Mother Teresa

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Kindness is better than piety.
- Yiddish Proverb

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Whatever you say, say with kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible; and it is always possible.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I teach one thing and one only:
that is, suffering and the end of suffering.
- The Buddha

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

With courage, you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

It is above all by the imagination
that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

Forgiveness is really a gift to yourself -
have the compassion to forgive others,
and the courage to forgive yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

The abundance of life is unlimited -
it expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.
Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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