Quotes and Sayings about Compassion



"Compassion is not a popular virtue."
- Karen Armstrong
(Related: Virtue, Compassion, Popular)

"PETA has a proven track record of success. Each victory PETA wins for the animals is a stepping stone upon which we build a more compassionate world for all beings - and we will never give up our fight until all animals are treated with respect and kindness."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Success, Victory, Animals, Fight, Kindness, Respect, Will, World)

"Keep fighting for animals by making compassionate, cruelty-free choices every day and encouraging those around you to do the same."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Encouraging, Animals, Choices, Cruelty, Day, Fighting)

"If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Men, God, Compassion, Pity, Will)

"It may take practice to think more positively and more compassionately, but just as you must train a puppy to behave the way you want it to, you must train your mind to behave itself. Otherwise, like the puppy, your mind will just make a lot of messes."
- Tom Barrett
(Related: May, Mind, Practice, Want, Will)

"We are a Nation of peace and compassion, yet these people have and will devote every fiber of their beings to the destruction of Americans and our Country."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: Peace, People, Americans, Compassion, Country, Destruction, Nation, Will)

"I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just the English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone who was a compassionate, decent guy."
- Sean Bean
(Related: English, Trying)

"One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Life, Friendship, Love, Compassion, Value)

"Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Compassion, Cure, Will)

"A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward."
- William Bennett
(Related: Act, Reward)

"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
(Related: Thought, Being, Compassion, Necessity, Order, Supernatural, World)

"I know for certain of only one commandment, one obligation, that God imposes upon us, and that is to be compassionate toward other human beings."
- Theodore Bikel
(Related: God, Obligation)

"Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy."
- Giovanni Boccaccio
(Related: Compassion)

"It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: Mother, Compassion, Judgment, Understanding)

"The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion."
- Julian Bond
(Related: War, Compassion, Iraq, Terrorism)

"More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding."
- Paul D. Boyer
(Related: Love, Father, Discipline, Honesty, Compassion, Example, Understanding, Word)

"Probably my mother. She was a very compassionate woman, and always kept me on my feet. And I think part of it is just the way you are, the way you're raised. And she had the responsibility for raising me."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: Mother, Feet, Responsibility, Woman)

"A love for humanity came over me, and watered and fertilised the fields of my inner world which had been lying fallow, and this love of humanity vented itself in a vast compassion."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Love, Compassion, Humanity, Lying, World)

"I became a lesbian because of women, because women are beautiful, strong, and compassionate."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Women, Lesbian)

"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
(Related: Peace, Knowledge, Compassion, Feeling, Joy, Skin)

"In times such as these, people should recognize that evil knows no borders, knows no limits and knows no compassion. Those around the globe that value freedom must continue to persevere even in the darkest of times."
- Michael Burgess
(Related: People, Compassion, Evil, Freedom, Limits, Value)

"Our highly qualified teachers not only work hard, but they care about each and every student that enters their classroom. I thank you, Montana teachers, for your sense of duty and compassion to our precious future generation."
- Conrad Burns
(Related: Work, Care, Classroom, Compassion, Duty, Future, Montana, Sense, Teachers)

"Today we affirm a new commitment to live out our nation's promise through civility, courage, compassion and character."
- George W. Bush
(Related: Character, Courage, Commitment, Compassion, Nation, Promise, Today)

"The final causes, then, of compassion are to prevent and to relieve misery."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Causes, Compassion, Misery)

"However, without considering this connection, there is no doubt but that more good than evil, more delight than sorrow, arises from compassion itself; there being so many things which balance the sorrow of it."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Balance, Being, Compassion, Connection, Delight, Doubt, Evil, Sorrow)

"Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Food, Nature, Compassion, Hunger)

"Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Compassion, Debt, Mind, Misery, Pain, Right, Sorrow)

"The dew of compassion is a tear."
- Lord Byron
(Related: Compassion, Dew)

"Compassion is a two way street."
- Frank Capra
(Related: Compassion)

"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
(Related: Life, Being, Will)

"I am convinced that this approach, a mainstream Democratic approach, commands the strong support of the American people, and presents a sharp and compassionate contrast to the Republican abortion position which offers no real hope or commitment to mother or child."
- Robert Casey
(Related: Mother, People, Hope, Abortion, American, Commitment, Contrast, Republican, Support)

"Purity of speech, of the mind, of the senses, and of a compassionate heart are needed by one who desires to rise to the divine platform."
- Chanakya
(Related: Heart, Mind, Purity, Senses, Speech)

"The thirst for powerful sensations takes the upper hand both over fear and over compassion for the grief of others."
- Anton Chekhov
(Related: Fear, Compassion, Grief, Sensations)

"What President Bush has done speaks more than words about his feeling of compassion and commitment to people."
- Thad Cochran
(Related: People, Commitment, Compassion, Feeling, President, Words)

"In my experience, men are not necessarily less sensitive or compassionate than women are, and women are not necessarily any less aggressive or competitive than men are - as a matter of fact, often they are more so!"
- Andrew Cohen
(Related: Men, Women, Experience, Fact)

"Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true."
- Leonard Cohen
(Related: Compassion, Despair, Judges, Killing, Will)

"The gift that has been given to me says much about our capacity for great compassion and generosity, and I hope it sends an inspiring message to others about the importance of organ donation."
- Steven Cojocaru
(Related: Hope, Compassion, Generosity, Importance, Inspiring)

"For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again."
- Paula Cole
(Related: Anger, Music, Compassion, Luck, Pain)

"Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion."
- Charles Colson
(Related: Compassion, Sense)

"Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men."
- Confucius
(Related: Men, Wisdom, Courage, Compassion)

"Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Compassion)

"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
(Related: Compassion, Indifference)

"Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will."
- William Cowper
(Related: God, Heart, Compassion, Man, May, Will)

"I think one of the best words in the English language is compassion. I think it holds everything. It holds love, it holds care... and if everybody just did something. We all make a difference."
- Michael Crawford
(Related: Love, Care, Compassion, Difference, English, Language, Words)

"I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time. What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. 'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.' That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Life, Time, Artists, Compassion, Help)

"The law has no compassion. And justice is administered without compassion."
- Christopher Darden
(Related: Compassion, Justice, Law)

"We obviously need more love in the world. And we obviously need more compassion and understanding. Our leaders need to really address these issues properly now."
- Dave Davies
(Related: Love, Compassion, Leaders, Now, Understanding, World)

"In his 4 years in the White House, President Carter worked to make the Federal Government more competent and compassionate and more responsive to the American people."
- Nathan Deal
(Related: Government, People, American, President, Years)

"The State of the Union may look rosy from the White House balcony or the suites of George Bush's wealthiest donors. But hardworking Americans will see through this president's efforts to wrap his radical agenda with a compassionate ribbon."
- Howard Dean
(Related: Americans, May, President, Radical, State, Will)

"I do not say that one who is vegetarian is full of compassion and one who is not, is otherwise. We sometimes find people, who are vegetarians, are very bad people."
- Morarji Desai
(Related: People, Compassion)

"Since its inception, our Nation has stood on the foundations of compassion and justice."
- Mike DeWine
(Related: Compassion, Justice, Nation)

"The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion."
- Everett Dirksen
(Related: Heart, Compassion, Mind, Persuasion)

"Seven years is a long time, and he was there for me, when my mum died. He was very compassionate at that time. I couldn't have found anyone better in that situation."
- Mary Elizabeth Donaldson
(Related: Time, Years)

"So I come before you with a budget that is honest in its discussion of our challenges, creative in its possible solutions, compassionate in its commitment to our most vulnerable, and balanced on the bottom line."
- James H. Douglas
(Related: Commitment)

"I just don't know that shame and fear need to be our teachers; rather, compassion, understanding, and love should be our guides."
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Love, Fear, Compassion, Shame, Teachers, Understanding)

"You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion."
- Meister Eckhart
(Related: God, Love, Compassion, Goodness, May, Name)

"You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time."
- Dave Eggers
(Related: Time, Compassion, Listening, Open, Parents, Questions, Schools, Students, Teachers)

"Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Beauty, Nature, Compassion, Living)

"I'm a compassionate conservative."
- John Engler
(Related: Conservative)

"I believe that man will not merely endure; he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among the creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of kindness and compassion."
- William Falconer
(Related: Soul, Compassion, Kindness, Man, Spirit, Voice, Will)

"I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
- William Faulkner
(Related: Sacrifice, Soul, Compassion, Endurance, Man, Spirit, Voice, Will)

"In search of a complete education with the ideals of trust, faith, understanding and compassion, many families are turning to the structure, discipline and academic standards of Catholic schools."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Education, Faith, Trust, Discipline, Compassion, Ideals, Schools, Understanding)

"She has no imagination and that means no compassion."
- Michael Foot
(Related: Imagination, Compassion)

"Man is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Sacrifice, Soul, Compassion, Endurance, Man, Spirit, Voice)

"There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Heart)

"The Dalai Lama said that he thinks mother's love is the best symbol for love and compassion, because it is totally disinterested."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Love, Mother, Compassion, Symbol)

"What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Love, Appreciation, Compassion, Kindness)

"Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding."
- Louis Gerstner
(Related: Computers, Dreams, Love, Compassion, Machine, Spirit, Tools, Understanding)

"I am so proud of Michigan's citizens for the kindness and generosity they have shown in assisting in this endeavor. It is truly heartwarming to see the compassion shown for those in need."
- Jennifer Granholm
(Related: Compassion, Generosity, Kindness)

"But my experience is that people who have been through painful, difficult times are filled with compassion."
- Amy Grant
(Related: Experience, People, Compassion)

"It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope."
- Ursula K. Le Guin
(Related: Imagination, Hope, Perception, Compassion)

"Something called 'the Oklahoma Standard' became known throughout the world. It means resilience in the face of adversity. It means a strength and compassion that will not be defeated."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Strength, Adversity, Compassion, Will, World)

"What unites Oklahomans today is what has always united us: Our unshakable faith. Our love of family and compassion for others. The unlimited promise of a hopeful future."
- Brad Henry
(Related: Family, Love, Faith, Compassion, Future, Promise, Today, United)

"A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair."
- Abraham Joshua Heschel
(Related: Love, Time, God, Thought, Strength, Compassion, Defiance, Despair, Harm, Man, Religious)

"Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Compassion, Impulses)

"Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us."
- Eric Hoffer
(Related: Compassion, Evil)

"For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?"
- Bell Hooks
(Related: Forgiveness, Time, People, Compassion, Humanity)

"I have seen in the Halls of Congress more idealism, more humanness, more compassion, more profiles of courage than in any other institution that I have ever known."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Courage, Compassion, Congress, Idealism)

"Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism."
- Hubert H. Humphrey
(Related: Compassion, Concern, Socialism, Weakness)

"I can't stomach the thought that we are passing down to the next generation a country that is less viable, less good, less competitive, less compassionate than the one we got."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Thought, Country)

"They plan to ride into the White House on the Sweet Talk Express. Well, think again. Bush and Cheney are not compassionate conservatives. They are ruthless reactionaries."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Talk)

"Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart."
- Phil Jackson
(Related: Heart, Mind, Open)

"When Christopher and Charles passed away, I was completely depressed, I felt rejected and real down, and so Roscoe invited me because he had this spirit of compassion, and we had gone to school together, were friends and everything."
- Joseph Jarman
(Related: Compassion, Friends, School, Spirit)

"The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Compassion, Duty, Principles)

"No, you're not allowed to be bossy when you're married. You have to learn compromise, and compassion and patience."
- Star Jones
(Related: Compassion, Compromise, Patience)

"I believe that women have a capacity for understanding and compassion which man structurally does not have, does not have it because he cannot have it. He's just incapable of it."
- Barbara Jordan
(Related: Women, Compassion, Man, Understanding)

"Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion."
- Louise J. Kaplan
(Related: Sympathy, Adolescence, Children, Compassion)

"Bush promised a foreign policy of humility and a domestic policy of compassion. He has given us a foreign policy of arrogance and a domestic policy that is cynical, myopic and cruel."
- Joe Klein
(Related: Policy, Arrogance, Compassion, Foreign policy, Humility)

"It must have been so impossible to think about it and dare to do that, so they feel compassionate for her. I don't think the movie would work otherwise."
- Diane Kruger
(Related: Work)

"There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Imagination, Compassion, Nothing, Pain)

"Righteous is the one who was able to demonstrate compassion in face of human suffering."
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Compassion, Suffering)

"We need to be more careful, but more compassionate. We must strike, not deal with terrorists, but to broaden our understanding of the world outside our borders."
- Ricardo Lagos
(Related: Understanding, World)

"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."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Religion, Compassion, Kindness, Rebirth)

"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."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Forgiveness, Love, Compassion, Religious, Traditions)

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Compassion, Practice, Want)

"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Love, Compassion, Humanity)

"As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope."
- Ursula K. LeGuin
(Related: Imagination, Hope, Perception, Children, Compassion, Scientists)

"I don't think, there's no possible way for me, anyway, to play a character that I haven't found some sort of sublime compassion for and I related to Deborah on a way that almost, initially, almost in a way maybe someone in the audience might."
- Tea Leoni
(Related: Character, Compassion, Play)

"Compassion is no substitute for justice."
- Rush Limbaugh
(Related: Compassion, Justice)

"Lincoln did more than any other man to put the stamp of righteousness, to put the stamp of compassion, on the name of America."
- Henry Cabot Lodge
(Related: America, Compassion, Man, Name, Righteousness)

"I haven't lost faith in human nature and I haven't decided to be less compassionate to strangers."
- Armistead Maupin
(Related: Faith, Nature, Human nature, Strangers)

"Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool."
- Andre Maurois
(Related: Happiness, Compassion, Fool, Self)

"I like giving people something they don't want to miss the next time. It's a show with little twists and turns and curves. It has me being silly and stupid and compassionate and completely deep."
- John Mayer
(Related: Time, People, Being, Deep, Giving, Silly, Want)

"Make no judgements where you have no compassion."
- Anne McCaffrey
(Related: Compassion)

"Compassion is contempt with a human face."
- John McCarthy
(Related: Compassion, Contempt)

"There's nothing wrong with the free-enterprise system. But it has to have some compassion."
- Jim McDermott
(Related: Compassion, Nothing, Wrong)

"Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men."
- David O. McKay
(Related: Happiness, Love, Men, Peace, Compassion, Earth, Light, Will)

"They weren't impatient for the boys to turn into cartoons again. They awarded sympathy, gave compassion. Because deep down they had found parts of themselves in the characters. You said it George."
- Audrey Meadows
(Related: Sympathy, Boys, Cartoons, Compassion, Deep)

"These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness."
- Anthony de Mello
(Related: Politics, Religion, Work, Progress, Wealth, Awareness, Compassion, Learning, Silence, Will, Worship)

"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
(Related: Idea, Awareness, Compassion, Living)

"Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with."
- Myriam Miedzian
(Related: Life, Power, Being, Cause, Job, Man, Woman)

"I am certain that the Lord, who notes the fall of a sparrow, looks with compassion upon those who have been called upon to part, even temporarily, from their precious children."
- Thomas S. Monson
(Related: Children, Compassion)

"We have to bring the humanity and compassion back."
- Shelley Morrison
(Related: Compassion, Humanity)

"It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion."
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(Related: Love, Faith, Compassion, Will)

"The super power that I would choose would be compassion. Because that's what I think it takes to make it through life-an understanding, a give and take. It saves an awful lot of resentment."
- Craig T. Nelson
(Related: Power, Life, Compassion, Resentment, Understanding)

"When there's that forgiveness present and compassion, it just helps you live so much easier."
- Craig T. Nelson
(Related: Forgiveness, Compassion, Present)

"When rough times have fallen upon our state in the past, Texans have always responded with generosity and an eagerness to help. The compassionate response to the fires has proven that this community spirit is alive and well."
- Randy Neugebauer
(Related: Community, Generosity, Help, Past, Spirit, State)

"Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: Family, Courage, Values, Compassion, Justice, Right, Sense, Wrong)

"You have to take strength from the people that love you and the people that love Barbara and the huge number of expressions of sympathy and compassion and support. That has been extremely moving."
- Ted Olson
(Related: Love, Sympathy, People, Strength, Compassion, Support)

"Competition is such a virtue, and everybody's so busy competing, they have no time for compassion."
- Major Owens
(Related: Time, Virtue, Compassion, Competition)

"No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim."
- Boris Pasternak
(Related: Love, Compassion, Deep, Feeling, May, World)

"We need a government that is what we are at our best. Smart, efficient, pragmatic and compassionate."
- Deval Patrick
(Related: Government)

"Before I was humiliated I was like a stone that lies in deep mud, and he who is mighty came and in his compassion raised me up and exalted me very high and placed me on the top of the wall."
- Saint Patrick
(Related: Compassion, Deep, Lies)

"Those who are compassionate when they should be tough will be tough when they should be compassionate."
- Dennis Prager
(Related: Will)

"Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a time to honor the greatest champion of racial equality who taught a nation - through compassion and courage - about democracy, nonviolence and racial justice."
- Mark Pryor
(Related: Equality, Time, Courage, Compassion, Day, Democracy, Honor, Justice, Martin, Nation, Nonviolence)

"Today, our actions must be motivated only by our intense desire to achieve a just and lasting peace. The compassion and charity of the American people should be reflected in this legislation, though sadly, they are silenced."
- Nick Rahall
(Related: Peace, People, Actions, American, Charity, Compassion, Desire, Legislation, Today)

"When one has love for God, one doesn't feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them."
- Ramakrishna
(Related: Love, Wife, God, Children, Compassion, Friends, Relatives)

"The Minnesota spirit of compassion and help for people in need has moved countless Minnesotans to step forward to provide relief for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: People, Compassion, Help, Spirit)

"Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case."
- John Rawls
(Related: Life, Feelings, Animals, Compassion, Destruction, Evil, Humanity, Pain, Pleasure, Wrong)

"We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Compassion, Future, Ideology, Ignorance, Past, Reason)

"I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Buddhist, Compassion, Fact, Kindness, Teaching)

"The worker can unionize, go out on strike; mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds; our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown."
- Adrienne Rich
(Related: Children, Mothers)

"To be a clergyman, and all that is compassionate and virtuous, ought to be the same thing."
- Samuel Richardson
"This is the year of Katrina and Iraq. How the war ends is more important than how it began. However you feel about the war, you have to be compassionate and loving towards our troops."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: War, Iraq, Troops)

"To see those babies with no food for three of four days, old people sitting in the hot sun, when you see these poor people, you cannot help but being compassionate or affected."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: Food, People, Babies, Being, Help, Old, Poor, Sun)

"What does it say about us that people who are considered defective are instinctively caring and compassionate?"
- Morley Safer
(Related: People, Caring)

"Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world."
- Francis Schaeffer
(Related: Compassion, World)

"The genuine priest always feels something higher than compassion."
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
(Related: Compassion)

"Compassion is the basis of morality."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
(Related: Morality, Compassion)

"Why does God endow us with compassion?"
- Franz Schubert
(Related: God, Compassion)

"The best way to deal with that is to live in a fully conscious, compassionate, loving way. Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to recognize that this is the only way to live."
- Morrie Schwartz
"There is no place, no country, more compassionate more generous more accepting and more welcoming than the United States of America."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: America, Country, states, United)

"When the people become involved in their government, government becomes more accountable, and our society is stronger, more compassionate, and better prepared for the challenges of the future."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Government, Society, People, Future)

"I was born in Europe... and I've traveled all over the world. I can tell you that there is no place, no country, that is more compassionate, more generous, more accepting, and more welcoming than the United States of America."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: America, Country, Europe, states, United, World)

"The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Life, Purpose, Compassion, Help, Will)

"Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Compassion, Ethics, Living, Mankind)

"I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Life, Beginning, Compassion, Ethics)

"Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace."
- Albert Schweitzer
(Related: Peace, Compassion, Living, Man, Will)

"And as I've gotten older, I've had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things."
- Martin Scorsese
(Related: People, Compassion, Kindness, Tolerance)

"I do it because I want to exercise people's compassion and I do it because I really believe that for some reason what I do is important and meaningful."
- Kyra Sedgwick
(Related: People, Compassion, Exercise, Reason, Want)

"It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked."
- Haile Selassie
(Related: Animals, Compassion)

"Abraham Lincoln because he was a man filled with great compassion who believed that all men are created free and equal, and was not afraid to stand on that platform. The way Lincoln lived his life has served me well in mine."
- Sidney Sheldon
(Related: Life, Men, Compassion, Man)

"It's often difficult for us to act compassionately, but sacred art eases the difficulty by ennobling us."
- Huston Smith
(Related: Art, Act, Difficulty)

"One of the most pervasive political visions of our time is the vision of liberals as compassionate and conservatives as less caring."
- Thomas Sowell
(Related: Time, Vision, Caring, Liberals, Visions)

"The Clinton paradox: How could a president so intelligent, so compassionate, so public-spirited and so conscious of his place in history act in such a stupid, selfish and self-destructive manner?"
- George Stephanopoulos
(Related: History, Act, President, Public, Self)

"You desire that which exceeds my humble powers, but I trust in the compassion and mercy of the All-powerful God."
- Saint Stephen
(Related: Trust, God, Compassion, Desire, Mercy)

"The fact that the Prophet cared for every human being and tried his best to ensure their security in the hereafter must be the most telling of his compassionate and merciful characteristics."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Being, Fact, Security)

"I was a single mom that raised two bright, beautiful, and compassionate girls."
- Connie Stevens
(Related: Mom, Girls)

"Well, I think when we can turn to the person sitting next to us and really see them with kindness and see ourselves reflected back - when there's some dignity and compassion traveling back and forth."
- Sharon Stone
(Related: Compassion, Dignity, Kindness, Traveling)

"I think it's really important that the people who are going to make decisions for other people have fair, truthful and compassionate regard for all people, not just some people."
- Sharon Stone
(Related: People, Decisions)

"Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don't think anything's going to make a difference."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: People, Compassion, Desire, Difference)

"Some major writers have a huge impact, like Ayn Rand, who to my mind is a lousy fiction writer because her writing has no compassion and virtually no humor. She has a philosophical and economical message that she is passing off as fiction, but it really isn't fiction at all."
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Related: Humor, Compassion, Fiction, Mind, Writer, Writers, Writing)

"Wars begin in the minds of men, and in those minds, love and compassion would have built the defenses of peace."
- U. Thant
(Related: Love, Peace, Men, Compassion)

"My daughter is a good, caring, compassionate person. To me that's the true meaning of success, even though the marriages didn't work out. My success with my daughter is all that matters."
- Charlene Tilton
(Related: Success, Work, Daughter, Caring, Meaning)

"My Lords temporal, today is the day to rise up against the regiment of Lords spiritual and proclaim the values of enlightenment, compassion and common sense."
- Polly Toynbee
(Related: Values, Common sense, Compassion, Day, Spiritual, Today)

"Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy."
- Chogyam Trungpa
(Related: People, Compassion, Energy)

"America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor."
- Paul Tsongas
(Related: Hope, America, Compassion, Excellence, Valor)

"Yoga is about compassion and generosity towards others. It means being mindful of the world around us."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Being, Compassion, Generosity, World, Yoga)

"I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights."
- Desmond Tutu
(Related: Compassion, Rights, Want)

"I lost my sense of trust, honesty and compassion. I crashed down and became what I consider an emotional mess. I've never been so miserable in my whole life. I just wanted to go to bed and never get up."
- Shania Twain
(Related: Life, Trust, Honesty, Bed, Compassion, Sense)

"I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: Compassion, Patience, Simplicity)

"Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans."
- Robert Wagner
(Related: Love, Compassion, Pets)

"At the end of the day, love and compassion will win."
- Terry Waite
(Related: Love, Compassion, Day, End, Will)

"I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people."
- Jim Wallis
(Related: Faith, People, Conservatism, Desire, Meeting, Poor, President)

"It would be nice to feel that we are a better world, a world of more compassion and a world of more humanity, and to believe in the basic goodness of man."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: Compassion, Goodness, Humanity, World)

"Public emergencies may require the hand of severity to fall heavily on those who are not personally guilty, but compassion prompts, and ever urges to milder methods."
- Mercy Otis Warren
(Related: Compassion, May, Public)

"There's something in the moment when you can make them laugh or cry and show and incredibly compassionate side of life. I find that a really exemplary way to live."
- Gedde Watanabe
(Related: Life)

"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him."
- Simone Weil
(Related: Affliction, Compassion, Listening)

"For, quite literally, the whole world today is looking for us to take the lead in carrying out those obligations imposed on the American people as a whole by the beautiful, compassionate and courageous principle of noblesse oblige."
- Robert Welch
(Related: People, American, Today, World)

"My wife is the most awesome person in the universe. She's made this experience much less miserable for me, with her compassion, patience and understanding."
- Wil Wheaton
(Related: Experience, Wife, Compassion, Patience, Understanding, Universe)

"America is a giving nation and very compassionate."
- David Wilkerson
(Related: America, Giving, Nation)

"I don't think of myself as a role model. I do try to live in a compassionate, considerate and positive way. The only advice I can offer is to find what you love to do, find the joy in it, and express yourself through your passion."
- Barry Williams
(Related: Love, Positive, Advice, Joy, Passion)

"Pope John Paul, a man of peace and compassion, was one of the most revered leaders of our time."
- Bill Williams
(Related: Peace, Time, Compassion, Leaders, Man)

"I realized a while back that I have an innate ability to be compassionate, and I saw that the strength of compassion is something that healers have and healers use.'"
- Ricky Williams
(Related: Strength, Ability, Compassion)

"May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds."
- Marianne Williamson
(Related: Love, Thoughts, Compassion, Enemies, May, Mercy, Revenge, Right, Today, Violence)

"Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love."
- Stevie Wonder
(Related: Love, Mother, Compassion)