47 Quotes About Being Compassionate

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Having compassion and embracing the true meaning of empathy can bring you deep insight into human nature and the world around you. These quotes about being compassionate will encourage you to lead with your heart first.

“A great nation is a compassionate nation.”

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

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Compassion is the basis of all morality”

“Compassion is the radicalism of our time.”

“Compassion takes imagination.”

“Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

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

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

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

“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 mere business.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give.”

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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

“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.”

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility 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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“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.”

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.”

“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.”

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

“You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.”

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

Being compassionate towards others requires a certain level of strength and a desire to make the world a better place.

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