175 Compassion Quotes to Inspire Kindness and Empathy in Your Daily Life

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Top 10 Compassion Quotes (BEST)

  1. 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. — Francis of Assisi
  2. Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth. — William Faulkner
  3. Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. — Dalai Lama
  4. The measure of a country's greatness is its ability to retain compassion in time of crisis. — Thurgood Marshall
  5. If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew. — Pocahontas
  6. Listen with ears of tolerance! See through the eyes of compassion! Speak with the language of love — Rumi
  7. Not to hurt our humble brethren is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough. We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it. — Francis of Assisi
  8. 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. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. Be like a flower that gives its fragrance even to the hand that crushed it. — Ali ibn Abi Talib
  10. True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed. — Dalai Lama

The Most Famous Compassion Quotes

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Compassion begins with attention. — Daniel Goleman

By compassion one can be brave. — Lao Tzu

Compassion is not sympathy. Compassion is mercy. It is a commitment to take responsibility for the suffering of others. — Joan D. Chittister

The feeling of compassion is the beginning of humanity. — Mencius

Compassion is the radicalism of our time. — Dalai Lama

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Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. — Prince

Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human. — Henri Nouwen

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. — Jack Kornfield

To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. — Giovanni Boccaccio

Compassion makes no distinction between friends and enemies, neighbors and outsiders, compatriots and foreigners. Compassion is the gate to human community. — Joan D. Chittister

Short Compassion Quotes

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  • True compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. — Dalai Lama
  • True compassion means not only feeling another's pain but also being moved to help relieve it. — Daniel Goleman
  • Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. — Thomas Merton
  • Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion. — Gautama Buddha
  • If we could see the whole truth of any situation, our only response would be one of compassion. — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
  • In compassion lies the world's true strength. — Gautama Buddha
  • universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. — Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Human compassion is equal to human cruelty, and it is up to each of us to tip the balance. — Alice Walker
  • Not feeling compassion for a stranger is like not feeling when one's foot has caught fire — Confucius
  • Compassion is not an option. It's the key to our survival. — Karen Armstrong

Compassion Image Quotes

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Compassion quote by Paulo Coelho

Tolerance and compassion are qualities of fearless people. — Paulo Coelho

Compassion quote by Booker T. Washington

Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. — Booker T. Washington

Compassion quote A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage
A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others.
Compassion quote by Thomas Merton

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. — Thomas Merton

Compassion quote by Wendy Mass

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. — Wendy Mass

Compassion quote by Dave Barry

A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. — Dave Barry

Compassion quote Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them wi
Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.
Compassion quote by Ashleigh Brilliant

Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most. — Ashleigh Brilliant

Compassion quote by William Blake

A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage. — William Blake

Compassion quote by Gautama Buddha

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion. — Gautama Buddha

Compassion quote If you are more fortunate than others, it is better to build
If you are more fortunate than others, it is better to build a longer table than a taller fence.
Compassion quote by Alice Walker

Activism is the rent I pay for living on this planet. — Alice Walker

Compassion quote by Byron Katie

It's not your job to like me - it's mine — Byron Katie

Compassion quote by Heidi Baker

God has spoken to me many times that my job is to love and his job is to heal. — Heidi Baker

Compassion quote Everything you need, you courage, strength, compassion and l
Everything you need, you courage, strength, compassion and love; everything you need is already within you.
Compassion quote by Bob Marley

One love, one heart, one destiny. — Bob Marley

Compassion quote by Howard G. Hendricks

A good leader has a compass in their head and a magnet in their heart. — Howard G. Hendricks

Compassion quote by Marianne Williamson

We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds. — Marianne Williamson

Compassion quote by Stephen Covey

Live your life by a compass, not a clock. — Stephen Covey

Compassion quote by Haile Selassie

It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked. — Haile Selassie

Compassion quote by Heidi Baker

All fruitfulness flows from intimacy. — Heidi Baker

Compassion quote by Heidi Baker

If we are not full of Him we have nothing to offer to anyone else. — Heidi Baker

Compassion quote by Hubert H. Humphrey

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism. — Hubert H. Humphrey

Compassion quote When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your
When you look deeply into your anger, you will see that the person you call your enemy is also suffering. As soon as you see that, the capacity for accepting and having compassion for them is there.

Empathy And Compassion Quotes

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It is through weakness and vulnerability that most of us learn empathy and compassion and discover our soul. — Desmond Tutu

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. — Meryl Streep

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. — Susan Sarandon

Compassion quote When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.
When we practice loving kindness and compassion we are the first ones to profit.

The functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy. — Dean Koontz

By peace we mean the capacity to transform conflicts with empathy, without violence, and creatively- a never-ending process — Johan Galtung

When you turn your back on the voices of those who are in pain and who are angry, you breed hate. Love is the way out, not hate. — Lex Fridman

Compassion quote Everything you need, your courage, strength, compassion and love; everything you
Everything you need, your courage, strength, compassion and love; everything you need is already within you.

True connection can happen without words. It just requires our attention, empathy and compassion. — Rangan Chatterjee

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. — Oprah Winfrey

How many of us can honestly say that we have plumbed the depths of our minds and hearts? How many of us regularly listen to ourselves with empathy and understanding – in the supportive way that a trusted friend can? — William Ury

We deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise. — Elliot Page

Jesus Compassion Quotes

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Jesus, Thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love Thou art; Visit us with Thy salvation, enter every trembling heart. — Charles Wesley

When you are filled with the compassion of Jesus, other people’s interests will be paramount in your heart. — Enoch Adeboye

In our fluctuations of feelings, it is well to remember that Jesus admits no change in His affections; your heart is not the compass Jesus saileth by. — Samuel Rutherford

Jesus wants to give you five things: extravagant compassion, moral clarity, sacrificial courage, persevering hope, and refreshing joy. — Gary Haugen

As Jesus explained, the right things have to die so the right things can live--we die to selfishness, greed, power, accumulation, prestige, and self-preservation, giving life to community, generosity, compassion, mercy, brotherhood, kindness, and love. The gospel will die in the toxic soil of self. — Sayings

Almighty and eternal Lord God, the great Creator of heaven and earth, and the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; look down from heaven in pity and compassion upon me thy servant, who humbly prostrate myself before thee. — George Washington

Even Bertrand Russell, who fancied he saw flaws in Christ's character, confessed nonetheless that 'What the world needs is love, Christian love, or compassion.' But this belies a belief in what most others acknowledge, namely, that Christ was the perfect manifestation of the virtue of love. — Norman Geisler

Assured of your salvation by the unique grace of our Lord Jesus Christ" is the heartbeat of the gospel, joyful liberation from fear of the Final Outcome, a summons to self-acceptance, and freedom for a life of compassion toward others. — Brennan Manning

All my theology is reduced to this narrow compass - "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners." — Archibald Alexander

It is by means of these that we attain perfect love, through the grace and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory through all the ages. Amen. — John Cassian

Lack Of Compassion Quotes

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...man can no more survive psychologically in a psychological milieu that does not respond empathetically to him, than he can survive physically in an atmosphere that contains no oxygen. — Heinz Kohut

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. — Dalai Lama

Compassion for the other comes out of our ability to accept ourselves. Until we realize both our own weaknesses and our own privileges, we can never tolerate lack of status and depth of weakness in the other. — Joan D. Chittister

Every January, millions adopt a harsh deprivation-restriction mindset and begin punishing themselves, physically and mentally. Yes, harsh tactics can work for a few weeks. But the reason they don't tend to last is because they come from a place of lack, not from a place of love. — Rangan Chatterjee

One day, I just thought, if you see a bird with a broken leg, you really have the urge to do something about it and help the bird, then at the same time you go to a restaurant and eat a chicken or something. It doesn't make any sense. — Patrik Baboumian

Perhaps I am just a hopeless rationalist, but isn't fascination as comforting as solace? Isn't nature immeasurably more interesting for its complexities and its lack of conformity to our hopes? Isn't curiosity as wondrously and fundamentally human as compassion? — Stephen Jay Gould

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior. — Mark Victor Hansen

All the problems of the world - child labor, corruption - are symptoms of a spiritual disease: lack of compassion. — Bill Vaughan

If we have love and compassion in our hearts, then we will wholeheartedly serve those who suffer from lack of food, clothing and shelter. — Mata Amritanandamayi

The inability to forgive, that is the lack of compassion, is really nothing more than lack of knowledge. — Ron Smothermon

Care And Compassion Quotes

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Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare. — Audre Lorde

God places us in the world as his fellow workers-agents of transfiguration. We work with God so that injustice is transfigured into justice, so there will be more compassion and caring, that there will be more laughter and joy, that there will be more togetherness in God's world. — Desmond Tutu

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love. — Stevie Wonder

Our lives are to be used and thus to be lived as fully as possible, and truly it seems that we are never so alive as when we concern ourselves with other people. — Harry Chapin

If you want to do your best for future generations of humanity, for your friends and family, you must begin by taking good care of yourself. — Tarthang Tulku

We are beginning to learn that each animal has a life and a place and a role in this world. If we place compassion and care in the middle of all our dealings with the animal world and honor and respect their lives, our attitudes will change. — Jane Goodall

Compassion, caring, teaching, loving, and sharing your gifts, talents, and abilities are the gateways to power. — Jamie Sams

Women are more powerful than they think. A mother's warmth is the essence of motivation. If we could liquefy the encouragement, care and compassion we deliver to our children it would surely fill an expanse greater than the Pacific. — Louise Burfitt-Dons

Precision is, after all, not only a form of responsibility and a kind of pleasure, but an instrument of compassion. To be precise requires care, time, and attention to the person, place, or process being described. — Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. — Dalai Lama

Loving Compassion Quotes

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The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man. — Charles Darwin

The heart is like a garden. It can grow compassion or fear, resentment or love. What seeds will you plant there? — Jack Kornfield

A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility — Dalai Lama

Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages. — Thomas Jefferson

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life's search for love and wisdom. — Rumi

Let's get loose with Compassion. Let's drown in the delicious ambience of Love. — Hafez

One's life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. — Simone de Beauvoir

I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies. — Ram Dass

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. — Amelia Earhart

What are the things that you can't see that are important? I would say justice, truth, humility, service, compassion, love...They're the guiding lights of a life. — Jimmy Carter

Love And Compassion Quotes

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Let us develop respect for all living things. Let us try to replace violence and intolerance with understanding and compassion. And love. — Jane Goodall

All meditation must begin with arousing deep compassion. Whatever one does must emerge from an attitude of love and benefitting others. — Milarepa

To be completely woman you need a master, and in him a compass for your life. You need a man you can look up to and respect. If you dethrone him it's no wonder that you are discontented, and discontented women are not loved for long. — Marlene Dietrich

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself. — Nhat Hanh

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

Now is the time to understand That all your ideas of right and wrong Were just a child's training wheelsTo be laid aside When you finally live With veracity And love. — Hafez

A religious man is a person who holds God and man in one thought at one time, at all times, who suffers harm done to others, whose greatest passion is compassion, whose greatest strength is love and defiance of despair. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God's love encompasses us completely. ... He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken. — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

As custodians of the planet it is our responsibility to deal with all species with kindness, love, and compassion. That these animals suffer through human cruelty is beyond understanding. Please help to stop this madness. — Richard Gere

Wherever love and compassion are active in life, we can perceive the magic breath of the spirit blowing through the sense world. — Rudolf Steiner

Human Compassion Quotes

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The revolution and women's liberation go together. We do not talk of women's emancipation as an act of charity or out of a surge of human compassion. It is a basic necessity for the revolution to triumph. Women hold up the other half of the sky. — Thomas Sankara

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. — Albert Schweitzer

For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed? — Bell Hooks

A really great man is known by three signs: generosity in the design, humanity in the execution, moderation in success. — Otto von Bismarck

More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. — Charlie Chaplin

Compassion constitutes a radical form of criticism, for it announces that the hurt is to be taken seriously, that the hurt is not to be accepted as normal and natural, but is an abnormal and unacceptable condition for humanness. — Walter Brueggemann

Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience. — Harry Belafonte

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A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage. — William Blake

These things will destroy the human race: politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness and worship without awareness. — Anthony De Mello

Dance training can't be separate from life training. Everything that comes into our lives is training. The qualities we admire in great dancing are the same qualities we admire in human beings: honesty, courage, fearlessness, generosity, wisdom, depth, compassion,and humanity. — Alonzo King

Kindness And Compassion Quotes

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Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances. — Vincent de Paul

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Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. — Wendy Mass

There are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our encouragement, who will need our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. — Leo Buscaglia

Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man. — Arthur Schopenhauer

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A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. — Dave Barry

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity. — Confucius

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. — Dalai Lama

He who plants kindness gathers love. — Saint Basil

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. — Winston Churchill

If someone is too tired to give you a smile, leave one of your own, because no one needs a smile as much as those who have none to give. — Samson Raphael Hirsch

No Compassion Quotes

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I don’t know how to save the world. I don’t have the answers or The Answer. I hold no secret knowledge as to how to fix the mistakes of generations past and present. I only know that without compassion and respect for all of Earth’s inhabitants, none of us will survive—nor will we deserve to. — Leonard Peltier

Let everything happen to you Beauty and terror Just keep going No feeling is final — Rainer Maria Rilke

If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others. — Dalai Lama

Suffering cracks open the shell of ego, and then comes a point when it has served its purpose. Suffering is necessary until you realize it is unnecessary. — Eckhart Tolle

Education is of no value and talent is worthless - unless you have an unwavering aim. Never find yourself without a compass. — Condoleezza Rice

I live my life with love. I live my life with compassion. I live my life hoping the best for absolutely everyone, no matter how they feel about me. And when you live that way, it's amazing how beautiful every day can be. — Anne Hathaway

The assumption that animals are without rights, and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance, is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. — Arthur Schopenhauer

No medicine exists that can cure hatred. — African Proverbs

I look at the Samurai because they were the artists of their time. What I think struck me when I read Bushido is compassion. 'If there's no one there to help, go out and find someone to help.' That hit me, because I try to lead my life like that. — Tom Cruise

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. — Mother Teresa

Animal Compassion Quotes

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If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is from injury to animals. — Albert Einstein

Alas, what wickedness to swallow flesh into our own flesh, to fatten our greedy bodies by cramming in other bodies, to have one living creature fed by the death of another! — Pythagoras

The day may come when the rest of the animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny. — Jeremy Bentham

All the arguments to prove man's superiority cannot shatter this hard fact: in suffering, the animals are our equals. — Peter Singer

I am in favor of animal rights as well as human rights. That is the way of a whole human being. — Abraham Lincoln

We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. — Albert Einstein

The animal should not be measured by man. In a world older than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the sense we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. — Henry Beston

Poor animals! How jealously they guard their pathetic bodies...that which to us is merely an evening's meal, but to them is life itself. — T. Casey Brennan

Nothing living should ever be treated with contempt. Whatever it is that lives, a man, a tree, or a bird, should be touched gently, because the time is short. Civilization is another word for respect for life. — Elizabeth Goudge

I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look upon the murder of animals as they now look upon the murder of men. — Leonardo da Vinci

People Writing About Compassion

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More Compassion Quotes

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When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendors of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion, its message becomes meaningless. — Abraham Joshua Heschel

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members. — Coretta Scott King

We should strive to keep our hearts open to the sufferings and wretchedness of other people, and pray continually that God may grant us that spirit of compassion which is truly the spirit of God. — Vincent de Paul

Foolish, selfish people are always thinking of themselves and the result is always negative. Wise persons think of others, helping them as much as they can, and the result is happiness. Love and compassion are beneficial both for you and others. Through your kindness to others, your mind and heart will open to peace. — Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. — Dalai Lama

We need women who are so strong they can be gentle, so educated they can be humble, so fierce they can be compassionate, so passionate they can be rational, and so disciplined they can be free. — Kavita Ramdas

I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion — Kurt Hahn

We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace. — Albert Schweitzer

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence or lawlessness; but love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or they be black. — Robert Kennedy

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