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.