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.

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.     

Bob Hope

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

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.     

Dalai Lama

No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give.     

Catherine Pulsifer

You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.     

Meister Eckhart

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.     

Henry Ward Beecher

Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.     

Dalai Lama

Compassion is the basis of all morality     

Arthur Schopenhauer

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

Mother Teresa

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

Maya Angelou

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

Helen Keller

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle     


All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.     

Tahereh Mafi

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.     

Dalai Lama

Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.     

Mason Cooley

Compassion is the radicalism of our time.     

Dalai Lama

Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.     

Martin Lowenthal

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

The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.     

Thomas Merton

I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.     

Pablo Casals

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

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.     

Franklin D. Roosevelt

If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.     

William Penn

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.     

Mother Teresa

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

Joseph Addison

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

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

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

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.      


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