Compassion Sayings and Quotes

Having compassion for others should be the rule, not the exception. You never know what someone else is going through and in tough times, compassion will fare far better than criticism. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful compassion quotes.


Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person.      

Fritz William

The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.      

Tenzin Gyatso

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

We must never minimize the suffering of another. Scripture's mandate to us is, Weep with them that weep. (Romans 12:15, KJV)     

Billy Graham

People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: Lord, teach me compassion, but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.     

Henry Ward Beecher

We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.

Thomas Merton

It is important not to allow ourselves to be put off by the magnitude of others' suffering. The misery of millions is not a cause for pity. Rather it is a cause for compassion.     

Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion will no longer be seen as a spiritual luxury for a contemplative few; rather it will be viewed as a social necessity for the entire human family.     

Duane Elgin

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

John Green,Looking for Alaska

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.

Francis Schaeffer

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

Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.      

Proverb

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble.     

Charles H. Spurgeon

I choose kindness. I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.     

Max Lucado

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.     

Leo Buscaglia

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