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175 Best Warm Compassion Quotes

Compassion is defined as a feeling of deep sympathy for another who is stricken by misfortune. the feeling commonly gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another’s suffering. Compassion is the thread that connects humans to each other. Here are 23 heart-warming quotes about compassion. May these quotes inspire you to become a more compassionate individual.

Inspirational Quotes On Compassion

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“In compassion, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world, and we put another person there.” – Karen Armstrong

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

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“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity.” – Pema Chödrön

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“I’m hopeful for a world with more love, acceptance, and compassion for others.” – Lily Aldridge

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“Compassion in evangelical churches is out of balance. When I talk about it, I get a lot of glazed expressions.” – Max Lucado

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“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

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“Make no judgements where you have no compassion.” – Anne McCaffrey

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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

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“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquillity and happiness we all seek.”

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“All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.”

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“From compassion springs humility. The ego is certainly a gateway to hell. The egoistic person is far from being religious.” – Dada Vaswani

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“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognised moral qualities of men.” – Confucius

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“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Unknown

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“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

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“Most people are not good people. In business, in art, in almost every ‘world’ I’ve been in, most people I’ve met are pretty grey to black. It takes practice to be the person who is a source of compassion and honesty.” – James Altucher

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“Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.” – Betty Williams

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“Compassion is not a 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.”

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“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

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

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“I think compassion is an important quality in people in general.” – Shannon Elizabeth

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“Compassion enables you to reach to the heavens and look through the heart of God.” – Debbie Ford

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“As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

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“I know what real courage is, and I understand true compassion.” – Mo Yan

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“Compassion is a two-way street.” – Frank Capra

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“Compassion is no substitute for justice.” – Rush Limbaugh

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“Compassion is a verb.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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“Be kind; for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

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“Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.” – Susan Vreeland

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“Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” – Eric Hoffer

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“How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold.” – Alexander Solzhenitsyn

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“Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.” – Rachael Joy Scott

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“One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.”

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“The greatest degree of inner tranquillity 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

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“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” – Pema Chodron

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships – things like forgiveness and compassion.” – Andrea Thompson

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“Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing. You must do it and practise diligently day by day.” – Karen Armstrong

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“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

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“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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“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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“May your daily choices be a reflection of your deepest values.” – Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

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“Everything I do as a mother builds on a foundation of love and compassion.” – Amy Chua

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“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

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“Compassion is the key to living outside the confines of your lower self.” – Debbie Ford

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“A great nation is a compassionate nation.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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“Let us unite the world through compassion for our children.” – Kailash Satyarthi

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“The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” – John Green

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“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 a mere business.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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“It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers.” – Thomas Merton

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“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 are peace and joy finally for you too.” – Frederick Buechner

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“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.”

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“Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.” – Elizabeth Lesser

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“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

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“Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.” – Arnold Toynbee

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“Some people are filled with compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don’t think anything’s going to make a difference.” – Meryl Streep

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“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

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“Compassion is the basis of morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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“Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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“We have so far to go to realise our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.” – Jane Goodall

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“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

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“Compassion isn’t morose; it’s something replenishing and opening; that’s why it makes us happy.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

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“The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latte.” – Norman Cousins

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“Compassion takes imagination.” – Jennifer Beals

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“Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” – Chogyam Trungpa

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“Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.” – Eminem

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“Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else; compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

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“Out of compassion, I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them, I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.” – Bhagavad Gita

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

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

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“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”

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“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

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

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“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

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“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.” – Robert Baden-Powell

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“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.”

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“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” – Prince

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“Some people seem to see compassion as being mushy.” – Laura Schlessinger

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“That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Jack Kornfield

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“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

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“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment, we rise above ourselves.” – Mason Cooley

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“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.”

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“I think compassion is important, but love fizzles out eventually. But if there is compassion in a relationship, things can always be worked out.” – Anushka Sharma

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“Compassion, not passion, keeps a marriage together.” – Betty Wright

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“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristin Neff

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“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

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“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” – Thomas Merton

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“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” – Terry Waite

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“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

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“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other.” – not in pity or patronisingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” – Nelson Mandela

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“Until you have real compassion, you can not recognise love.” – Bob Thurman

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“Everyone deserves compassion.” – Michael Sheen

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“Wealth and compassion are opposites.” – Munshi Premchand

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“Honesty is the quality I value most in a friend. Not bluntness, but honesty with compassion.” – Brooke Shields

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“I’m a pretty tough guy, you know. I’m a pretty hard man. I’ve got a lot of compassion, but I don’t waste time with people.” – Anthony Hopkins

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“She has no imagination, and that means no compassion.” – Michael Foot

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“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fibre of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

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“It’s hard to practice compassion when we’re struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.” – Brene Brown

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“True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathises with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.” – Joseph Addison

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“Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.” – William Cowper

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“Compassion is a passion with a heart.”

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“This idea of compassion comes to us because we’re made in the image of God, who is ultimately the compassionate one.” – Jackie Tabick

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“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” – Yasmin Mogahed

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“Serve and show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

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“When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.” – Henepola Gunaratana

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“Humanity’s collective mission in the cosmos lies in the practice of compassion.” – Daisaku Ikeda

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“Compassion knows that choosing the higher road in any situation is the most loving option for you.” – Debbie Ford

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“Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion, and compassion.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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“It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving-kindness as the strengths they are.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” – Amish Proverb

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“When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted, is able to bend and, most of all, embrace us for our strengths and struggles.” – Brene Brown

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“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

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“If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

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“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realise that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” – Desmond Tutu

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“The church must always show compassion, always.” – Rick Warren

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“I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.” – Pablo Casals

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“We must never minimise the suffering of another. Scripture’s mandate to us is, Weep with them that weep. (Romans 12:15, KJV.” – Billy Graham

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“Compassion is so pure; I don’t think there is any way to taint it.” – Chade-Meng Tan

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“Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something.” – Proverb

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“The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.” – Everett Dirksen

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“God is compassion.” – Greg Boyle

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“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

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“Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” – Robert Wagner

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“I think that the greatest lesson I learned from my father is just having compassion towards people.” – Laila Ali

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“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

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“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” – Henry Ward Beecher

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“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

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“Of course, we have compassion. We just don’t believe the safety net should be used as a hammock.” – Allen West

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“Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed

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

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“People need to have compassion for others.” – Frank Bruno

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“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” – Martin Lowenthal

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“You may call God love; you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.” – Meister Eckhart

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“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.” – Francis Schaeffer

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“Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.” – Joan Halifax

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“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

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“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

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“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” – Daniel Goleman

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“The Lord will give you if you ask, the feelings of the compassion He feels for those in need.” – Henry B. Eyring

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“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

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“Strength and compassion are not mutually exclusive.” – Robert Kiyosaki

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“It is a lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.”

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“It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.” – Zachary Quinto

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“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

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“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

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“We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.” – Sharon Salzberg

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“If you haven’t any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.” – Bob Hope

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“You have to have empathy, knowledge and compassion for your characters if you’re a writer.” – Paul Haggis

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“It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck

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“Compassion is not a popular virtue.” – Karen Armstrong

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“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness but a sign of strength.”

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“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being, not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

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“I have mental illness in my family. I have a lot of compassion for those people.” – Mark Ruffalo

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“Our compassion for one another, and our individual actions to help is what makes our nation – and our community – great.” – Kevin Brady

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“Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.” – Joseph Butler

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“Compassion is contempt with a human face.” – John McCarthy

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“Human it is to have compassion on them unhappy.” – Giovanni Boccaccio

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“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” – Mother Teresa

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“Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

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“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

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“All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.”

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“Compassion is loving others enough to say or do what is appropriate from an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome.” – Gary Zukav

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“Compassion and empathy are anathemas to sports.” – Steve Rushin

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“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.” – Robert Frost

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“When compassion wakes up in us, we find ourselves more willing to become vulnerable, to take the risk of entering the pain of others.” – Sue Monk Kidd

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“The dew of compassion is a tear.” – Lord Byron

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“One of the women’s greatest values is compassion.” – Safak Pavey

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“Compassion is so often the solution.”

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“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

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“With compassion, one becomes courageous. Compassion brings triumph when attacked; it brings security when maintained.” – Tao Te Ching

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“Compassion may be defined as the capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.” – Joan Halifax

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“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” – Albert Einstein

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“Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess. Yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human.”

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