Compassion Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old compassion quotes, compassion sayings, and compassion proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.     

Joseph Addison

Compassion takes imagination.     

Jennifer Beals

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

Robert Baden-Powell

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

While we do our good works let us not forget that the real solution lies in a world in which charity will have become unnecessary.     

Chinua Achebe

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.     

Jane Goodall

A great nation is a compassionate nation.      

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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

How can you expect a man who's warm to understand one who's cold.      

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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

Proverb

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

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

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

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

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