Quotes on “Compassion”

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Quotes on “Compassion”

Compassion … begins by observing the suffering of others, identifies with that suffering as if it were my own, and then acts to alleviate the cause of the suffering and restore emotional balance.

“The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the later.”
  Norman Cousins
1915-1990, American Editor, Humanitarian, Author
“Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.”
William Cowper
1731-1800, British Poet
“The dew of compassion is a tear.”
Lord Byron
1788-1824, British Poet

“I feel the capacity to care is the thing this gives life its deepest significance.”
  Pablo Casals
1788-1824, British Poet
“The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.”
  Everett M. Dirksen
1896-1969, American Representative, Senator
“We hand folks over to God’s mercy, and show none ourselves.”
  George Eliot
1819-1880, British Novelist
Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”
  Eric Hoffer
1902-1983, American Author, Philosopher
“The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.”
  Samuel Johnson
1709-1784, British Author
“There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.”
  Milan Kundera
1929- Czech Author, Critic
“Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.”
  Erwin W. Lutzer
American Minister
“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
1915-1968, American Religious Writer, Poet
“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.”
Francis Schaeffer
1912-1984, American Author

“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
  Albert Schweitzer
1875-1965, German Medical Missionary, Theologian, Musician, and Philosopher
“The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.”
  Arthur H. Stainback
“As we mature spiritually, we exhibit a growing capacity to care for and appreciate one another in the body of Christ, regardless of our differences.”
  Joseph Stowell
Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.”
  Rollo May
American Psychologist

 

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