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It is the crown of justice, and the glory, where it may kill with right, to save with pity.
- Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher
Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.
- Henry Ward Beecher
Compassion is an emotion of which we ought never to be ashamed. Graceful, particularly in youth, is the tear of sympathy, and the heart that melts at the tale of woe. We should not permit ease and indulgence to contract our affections, and wrap us up in a selfish enjoyment; but we should accustom ourselves to think of the distresses of human, life, of the solitary cottage; the dying parent, and the weeping orphan. Nor ought we ever to sport with pain and distress in any of our amusements, or treat even the meanest insect with wanton cruelty.
- Hugh Blair
Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy.
- Giovanni Boccaccio
By compassion we make others' misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also.
- Sir Thomas Browne
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart,
But God will never.
- William Cowper
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
Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.
- Albert Einstein
Want oś compassion (however inaccurate observers have reported to the contrary) is not to be numbered among the general faults of mankind. The black ingredient which fouls our disposition is envy. Hence our eyes, it is to be feared, are seldom turned up to those who are manifestly greater, better, wiser, or happier than ourselves, without some degree of malignity, we commonly look downward on the mean and miserable with sufficient benevolence and pity.
- Henry Fielding
Compassion to an offender who has grossly violated the laws is, in effect, a cruelty to the peaceable subject who has observed them.
- Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)
Compassion for the friend should conceal itself under a hard shell.
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Compassion, the fairest associate of the heart.
- Thomas Paine
Compassion is the basis of all morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
- Albert Schweitzer
Poor naked wretches, wheresoe'er you are,
That hide the pelting of this pitiless storm,
How shall your houseless heads and unfed sides,
Your loop'd and window'd raggedness, defend you
From seasons such as these? Oh, I have ta'en
Too little care of this! Take physic, pomp;
Expose thyself to feel what wretches feel;
That thou may'st shake the superflux to them,
And show the heavens more just.
- William Shakespeare
There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.
- Bishop Robert South
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
I pick the hair from her eyes and watch her misery with compassion.
- William Carlos Williams
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