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Wise Quotes about Compassion

May you find great value in these Compassion quotes and sayings.

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

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

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

 

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Our compassion and acts of selflessness
take us to the deeper truths.
- Amma

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

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To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- Anne Frank

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

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

The value of a man should be seen in what he gives
and not in what he is able to receive.
- Albert Einstein

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

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

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

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

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

A Happy Day is a day I see all of life
with the eyes of compassion.
- Rory J. Corsiglia

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys
the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist,
and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
- Albert Schweitzer

When we hate our enemies, we are
giving them power over us:
power over our sleep, our appetites,
our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness.
Our enemies would dance with joy if only
they knew how they were worrying us,
lacerating us, and getting even with us!
Our hate is not hurting them at all,
but our hate is turning our own days
and nights into a hellish turmoil.
- Dale Carnegie

With courage, you will dare to take risks,
have the strength to be compassionate,
and the wisdom to be humble.
Courage is the foundation of integrity.
- Keshavan Nair

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Life is unlimited - it expands with the generosity,
compassion, inventiveness, and service that you contribute.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist Blessing

Indifference and neglect often
do much more damage than outright dislike.
- J. K. Rowling

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Seek always to do some good, somewhere.
Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth.
You must give some time to your fellow man.
For remember, you don't live in a world all your own.
Your brothers are here too.
- Albert Schweitzer

I have always found that mercy bears
richer fruits than strict justice.
- Abraham Lincoln

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

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.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I soothe my conscience now with the thought that
it is better for hard words to be on paper
than that Mummy should carry them in her heart.
- Anne Frank

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

People don't care how much you know
until they know how much they care.
- John C. Maxwell

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others
will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.
- Helen Keller

The vast Cathedral of Your Being
becomes sanctuary for all creation
as you celebrate the universal sacraments
of compassion and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

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

Whatever you say, say with kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

I choose acceptance and compassion toward all humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

I Forgive Myself and All Others with Compassion.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is hard to interest those who have everything,
in those who have nothing.
- Helen Keller

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Recall a recent time when someone was strongly critical
of your opinions (perhaps your political or religious beliefs).
Now, put yourself in their shoes - with compassion.
Try to understand and appreciate their point-of-view -
not to change your own opinions,
but to celebrate all our human differences - in peace.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I am the master of my emotions -
I transform fear to love, anger to compassion,
pain to comfort, scarcity to abundance,
expectation to gratitude, and jealousy to generosity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I CHOOSE with courage, awareness, consciousness,
and compassion toward all.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

We cannot despair of humanity,
since we ourselves are human beings.
- Albert Einstein


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