An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The deadliest feeling that can be offered to a woman is pity.


Vicki Baum (1888-1960, American writer)


In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.


Anne Baxter (1923-1985, American actress)


Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.


Willard Beecher


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 (1926-, British actor, critic)


I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don't despise it. But it can't quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.


Georges Bernanos (1888-1948, French novelist, political writer)


Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives.


Bhagavad Gita (c. BC 400-, Sanskrit poem incorporated into the Mahabharata)


We must bring compassion back to the market place. Social justice is our goal. To achieve it, we all must help create a more tolerant and fair society.


Rave Bird


Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


Simply give others a bit of yourself: a thoughtful act, a helpful idea, a word of appreciation, a lift over a rough spot, a sense of understanding, a timely suggestion. By so doing, you take something out of your mind, garnished in the kindness out of your heart, putting it into the other fellow's mind and heart.


Charles H. Burr


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


Pablo Casals (1876-1973, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer)


Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.


Pema Chodron


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 (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Reform is born of need, not pity.


Rebecca Harding Davis (1831-1910, American author)


Nobody who is somebody looks down on anybody.


Margaret Deland


The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.


Everett M. Dirksen (1896-1969, American representative, senator)


Compassion is the chief law of human existence.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


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


Meister Eckhart (1260-1326, German mystic)


We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


I am convinced that any feeling of exaltation because we have people under us should be conquered, for I am sure that if we enjoy being over people, there will be something in our manner which will make them dislike being under us.


Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933, American author)


Honesty without compassion and understanding is not honesty, but subtle hostility.


Rose N. Franzblau


The essence of true nobility is neglect of self.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


It's compassion that makes gods of us.


Dorothy Gilman


Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.


Anne Herbert


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)


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)


We will be remembered not for the power of our weapons but for the power of our compassion, our dedication to human welfare.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


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)


There is often more pride than goodness in our grief for our enemies' miseries; it is to show how superior we are to them that we bestow on them the sign of our compassion.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Sharing with others is caring for others in action.


Douglas M. Lawson


Compassion is no substitute for justice.


Rush Limbaugh (1951-, American TV personality)


When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account.


Haniel Long (1888-1956, American author, poet, journalist)


Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.


Erwin W. Lutzer (American minister)


Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


If someone notices a child about to fall in a well, he will definitely feel alarmed and compassionate. This is not caused by the person's desire to be rewarded by the child's parents, nor is it caused by the desire to be applauded by the community, nor is it caused by the dread of guilty feelings. So therefore, it can be concluded that no person is naturally due to their human nature] without the feeling of compassion, no person is without the feeling of shame, no person is without the feeling of courtesy, and no person is without the feeling of having a conscience.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


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)


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 (American actor)


Small things, done in great love, bring joy and peace.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Compassion is born when we discover in the center of our own existence not only that God is God and man is man, but also that our neighbor really is our fellow man.


Henri Nouwen (Christian author)


Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!


Camille Paglia (1947-, American author, critic, educator)


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 (1890-1960, Russian poet, novelist, translator)


Sympathy doesn't provide food, but it makes hunger more endurable.


Jewish Proverb (Sayings of Jewish origin)


Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.


Theodore I. Rubin


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


Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984, American author)


All people are endowed with the faculty of compassion, and for this reason can develop the humanitarian spirit.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.


Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965, German born medical missionary, theologian, musician, and philosopher)


Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


It is impossible to fulfill the law concerning love for Me, God eternal, apart from the law concerning love for your neighbors.


St. Catherine of Siena


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


Being part of an agenda beyond ourselves liberates us to complement each other rather than compete with each other.


Joseph Stowell


True compassion is walking in the shoes of those who have no feet.


Jackie A. Strange


Accustom yourself continually to make many acts of love, for they enkindle and melt the soul.


St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, Spanish saint, mystic)


When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.


Thich Nhat Hanh (1926-, Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher)


Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.


Chogyam Trungpa


Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.


Sojourner Truth (1797-1883, American feminist, anti-slavery advocate)


Compassion is our way of sharing the pain of others.


Author Unknown


Compassion is your pain in my heart.


Author Unknown


He who feels no compassion will become insane.


Author Unknown


Sentimentality comes easy. But caring is hard; it involves doing.


Author Unknown


Service is nothing but love in work clothes.


Author Unknown


Service isn't a big thing. It's a million little things.


Author Unknown


Unconcern asks: `Am I my brother's keeper?' Compassion proclaims: 'I am my neighbor's brother!'


William A. Ward


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