He spoke wistfully of a sudden leaving, a breaking of old ties, a flight into a strange world, ending in this dreary valley, and Ettie listened, her dark eyes gleaming with pity and with sympathy - those two qualities which may turn so rapidly and so naturally to love.
A kind heart speaks kind words.
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.
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.
Compassion is the basis of morality.
It is 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.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.
True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.
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.
By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively- a never-ending process
Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.
Make no judgments where you have no compassion.
It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
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.
Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.
The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him.
Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
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.
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