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





Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.


Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888, American educator, social reformer)


Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.


Jean Anouilh (1910-1987, French playwright)


The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves.


Catharine Esther Beecher (1800-1878, American educator, writer)


Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.


Randolph Churchill (1911-1968, British journalist)


All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, British poet, critic, philosopher)


Sympathy is never wasted except when you give it to yourself.


John W. Draper (1811-1882, American chemist)


Sympathetic people often don't communicate well, they back reflected images which hide their own depths.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Seldom in the business and transactions of ordinary life, do we find the sympathy we want.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.


B. R. Hayden (1913-1980, American poet)


Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.


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


Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.


Florence Nightingale (1820-1910, British nurse)


Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.


Charles H. Parkhurst (1842-1933, American clergyman, reformer)


Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


The people that I care about are the people out there on the street. I can identify with them.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have this capacity do not possess it. Warmth of heart, impulsiveness, pity are not enough.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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