159 Sympathy Quotes to Comfort and Uplift Your Soul

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The Most Famous Sympathy Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Empathy feels these thoughts; your hurt is in my heart, your loss is in my prayers, your sorrow is in my soul, and your tears are in my eyes. — William Arthur Ward

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. — Charles H. Parkhurst

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. — Marshall B. Rosenberg

Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed. — Joseph Butler

Perhaps the best hope for the future of mankind is that ways will be found of increasing the scope and intensity of sympathy. — Bertrand Russell

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

Compassion begins with attention. — Daniel Goleman

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

Where a blood relation sobs, an intimate friend should choke up, a distant acquaintance should sigh, a stranger should merely fumble sympathetically with his handkerchief. — Mark Twain

We should have a bond of sympathy for all sentient beings, knowing that only the depraved and base take pleasure in the sight of blood and suffering. — Seneca

Short Sympathy Quotes

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  • You'll find sympathy in the dictionary between sh*t and suicide. — Roddy Piper
  • Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. — Prince
  • There is no death, only a change of worlds. — Chief Seattle
  • Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart. — A. A. Milne
  • We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. — Kenji Miyazawa
  • Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. — Robert Browning
  • Pity the man who has no nails to scratch himself — Greek Proverbs
  • They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. — William Penn
  • You have to be honest, you can't love someone out of sympathy. — PewDiePie
  • There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. — Washington Irving

Top 10 Sympathy Quotes

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Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. — Rumi

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You'll find sympathy in the dictionary between sh*t and suicide. — Roddy Piper

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Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. — Prince

Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family. — Abraham Maslow

Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of Grace. The gift of Grace increases as the struggle increases. — Rose of Lima

Colored students at the University of Minnesota partying with (white) female students, smoking [marijuana] and getting their sympathy with stories of racial persecution. Result: pregnancy. — Harry J. Anslinger

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. — Henry Melvill

There is no reconciliation until you recognize the dignity of the other, until you see their view- you have to enter into the pain of the people. You've got to feel their need. — John M. Perkins

There is no death, only a change of worlds. — Chief Seattle

...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

Sympathy Image Quotes

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Sympathy quote by Roddy Piper

You'll find sympathy in the dictionary between sh*t and suicide. — Roddy Piper

Sympathy quote by Prince

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. — Prince

Sympathy quote by Robert Browning

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. — Robert Browning

Sympathy quote When you can't look on the bright side I will sit with you i
When you can't look on the bright side I will sit with you in the dark.
Sympathy quote by Jesse Jackson

Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you change. — Jesse Jackson

Sympathy quote by Florence Nightingale

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

Sympathy quote by Thomas Moore

Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. — Thomas Moore

Sympathy quote I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. The
I think people who vibrate at the same frequency, vibrate toward each other. They call it, in science, sympathetic vibrations.

Dog Sympathy Quotes

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Not the least hard thing to bear when they go from us, these quiet friends, is that they carry away with them so many years of our own lives. — John Galsworthy

Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there; I did not die. — Mary Elizabeth Frye

I never ride horseback now because my sympathy with the under-dog is too keen. After we have a gone a few blocks, I always dismount and say to the horse: 'We'll walk it together, old dear. — Marie Dressler

Sympathy quote Tears will get you sympathy. Sweat will get you results.
Tears will get you sympathy. Sweat will get you results.

That one true heart was left behind! What feeling do we ever find, to equal among human kind , a dog's fidelity! — Thomas Hardy

Let your secret sympathies and your compassion be always with the under dog in the fight -- this is magnanimity; but bet on the other one -- this is business. — Mark Twain

It's almost as if we're put here on earth to show how silly they aren't. — Russell Hoban

Thinking Of You Sympathy Quotes

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Death ends a life, not a relationship. — Jack Lemmon

I've always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it's been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you've given something planetary status it's kind of mean to take it away. — Jared Leto

Certainly, the international image of the United States today is a lot less positive than 10 years ago. And that really shouldn't be, because you have been the victims of this awful terrorist attack, and I think America deserves the sympathy of the world. — Billy Bragg

We Are So Sorry To Hear About The Loss Of Your Little One No One Can Know What You Are Going Through But We Are Thinking Of You At This Very Very Sad Time We Are Here Should You Need Help Or Support God Bless You And Your Little One And Let Him Take care Of Him Till You Meet Again — Julie McGregor

Poetry is partly sympathy, don't you think? If it's any good, it gets people to think about others' points of view. — Edwin Morgan

It's neat for Kyle to win, ... I think you'd have sympathy for anybody if you put yourself in that situation and got taken out of the race car. But I have absolutely no information about what was going on. — Greg Biffle

And I can't die easy thinking maybe the menfolks white or black is making a spit cup out of you. Have some sympathy for me. Put me down easy, Janie, I'm a cracked plate. — Zora Neale Hurston

I think, in a written novel, the way in which you play with the readers' emotion or the way in which you engage the readers' emotions can be very indirect. You could come at it through irony or comedy, etcetera, and you could capture people's sympathies and feelings kind of by stealth if you like. — Salman Rushdie

No Sympathy Quotes

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Human beings are members of a whole, In creation of one essence and soul. If one member is afflicted with pain, Other members uneasy will remain. If you have no sympathy for human pain, The name of human you cannot retain. — Saadi Shirazi

The sons of Adam are limbs of each other, Having been created of one essence. When the calamity of time affects one limb, the other limbs cannot remain at rest. If you have no sympathy for the troubles of others, You are unworthy to be called by the name of a human. — Saadi Shirazi

There is no more ridiculous custom than the one that makes you express sympathy once and for all on a given day to a person whose sorrow will endure as long as his life. Such grief, felt in such a way is always present, it is never too late to talk about it, never repetitious to mention it again. — Marcel Proust

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy? Caught in a landslide, No escape from reality. Open your eyes, Look up to the skies and see, I'm just a poor boy, I need no sympathy, Because I'm easy come, easy go, Little high, little low, Any way the wind blows doesn't really matter to me, to me. — Freddie Mercury

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

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor. — Benjamin Disraeli

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Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. — Thomas Moore

Yet some can be patriotic who have no self-respect, and sacrifice the greater to the less. They love the soil which makes their graves, but have no sympathy with the spirit which may still animate their clay. Patriotism is a maggot in their heads. — Henry David Thoreau

No medicine is more valuable , none more efficacious, none better suited to the cure of our temporal ills than a friend to whom we may turn for consolation in time of trouble, and with whom we may share happiness in time of joy. — Aelred of Rievaulx

The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack — Sophie Swetchine

Sympathy And Love Quotes

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After the clouds, the sunshine; after the winter, the spring; after the shower, the rainbow; for life is a changeable thing. After the night, the morning, bidding all darkness cease, after life's cares and sorrows, the comfort and sweetness of peace. — Helen Steiner Rice

Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. — Benjamin Franklin

I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. — Leo Buscaglia

The mother is everything - she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness. He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly — Kahlil Gibran

Through watering the ground of affectionate love with cherishing love, And then sowing the seeds of wishing love and compassion, the medicinal tree of Bodhichitta will grow. — Je Tsongkhapa

I do know that for the sympathy of one living being, I would make peace with all. I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other. — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Life is eternal; and love is immortal; and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. — Rossiter W. Raymond

Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverence for life contains all the components of ethics: love, kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive. — Albert Schweitzer

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life — Lucan

For some moments in life there are no words. — David Seltzer

My Sympathy Quotes

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If I can stop one heart from breaking…” Emily Dickinson If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. — Emily Dickinson

The guardian angels of life sometimes fly so high as to be beyond our sight, but they are always looking down upon us. — Jean Paul

To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. — Elizabeth II

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Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you change. — Jesse Jackson

I was shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of my sister, Joan Fontaine ... and I appreciate the many kind expressions of sympathy that we have received. — Olivia De Havilland

There is too much sour grapes for my taste in the present American attitude. The time to denounce the bankers was when we were all feeding off their gold plate; not now! At present they have not only my sympathy but my preference. They are the last representatives of our native industries. — Edith Wharton

The Iraqis had paid a terrible price for Saddam's folly (in the Gulf War). But looking at the devastation they left behind (in Kuwait), my sympathy was limited. — Margaret Thatcher

My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else. — Brownie McGhee

I now bid farewell to the country of my birth - of my passions - of my death; a country whose misfortunes have invoked my sympathies - whose factions I sought to quell - whose intelligence I prompted to a lofty aim - whose freedom has been my fatal dream. — Thomas Francis Meagher

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. — Charles Henry Parkhurst

Words Of Sympathy Quotes

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All around you are people whose lives are filled with trouble and sorrow, and they need your compassion and encouragement. — Billy Graham

When you're riding, only the race in which you're riding is important. — Bill Shoemaker

Little self-denials, little honesties, little passing words of sympathy, little nameless acts of kindness, little silent victories over favorite temptations-these are the silent threads of gold which, when woven together, gleam out so brightly in the pattern of life that God approves. — Frederic Farrar

Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow. — Robert Louis Stevenson

So often we think that to be encouragers we have to produce great words of wisdom when, in fact, a few simple syllables of sympathy and an arm around the shoulder can often provide much needed comfort. — Florence Littauer

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. — Buddha

A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. — Maya Angelou

Be Somebody who makes Everybody feel like a Somebody. — Brad Montague

Compassion is a living, breathing, organic emotion that vibrates through you and links you to those around you. — Deepak Chopra

Don't be afraid of showing affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy than by service. Love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present. — Sir John Lubbock

Sympathy Messages Quotes

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Death cannot kill what never dies. — William Penn

Wherever you are you will always be in my heart. — Mahatma Gandhi

When you are sorrowful, look again. — Kahlil Gibran

Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains. — Kahlil Gibran

Those we love don't go away, they sit beside us every day. — Liane Moriarty

Next to love, Sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart. — Edmund Burke

He spoke well who said that graves are the footprints of angels. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight. — Rossiter W. Raymond

We understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love. — Madame de Stael

We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. — William Wordsworth

Sympathy And Empathy Quotes

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

Each of the world religions has its own particular genius, its own special insight into the nature and requirements of compassion, and has something unique to teach us. — Karen Armstrong

Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else's suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others. — Mary Karr

I believe that lack of empathy is behind many problems, and I believe that it's disrupting our society. In Great Britain, there is a steady decline in the willingness to be truly generous, and by that I don't mean monetary generosity, but friendship and sympathy for others. — J. K. Rowling

It is characteristic to believe that those in need are given to, that the squeaky hinge is the one that gets the oil, but in the realm of emotions this is not so. It is the person who does not solicit liking and love, admiration and respect, sympathy and empathy to whom they are freely given. — Jo Coudert

Once you find someone to share your ups and downs, downs are almost as good as ups. — Robert Breault

As we learn to have compassion for ourselves, the circle of compassion for others - what and whom we can work with, and how - becomes wider. — Pema Chodron

Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can't have perfection in a world of limited resources. — Harry Browne

Obviously, Jay-Z is one of the greatest entertainers of the world today. Not only is he a remarkable rhetorical genius, he's also a man of deep sympathy and empathy for those who are lost and vulnerable, but especially under-educated youth of all cultures and stripes. — Michael Eric Dyson

I would hesitate to tell people to stop being kind or sympathetic to sociopath. But just like loyalty, some things that can be taken advantage of are empathy, sympathy, and our tendency to pity somebody when something has gone wrong in their life. — Martha Stout

Deep Sympathy Quotes

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It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. — Henry David Thoreau

I am not a Zionist, nor am I am a practicing Jew, but I have a great deal of sympathy for my fellow Jews and a deep concern for the survival of Israel. — George Soros

Quiet and sincere sympathy is often the most welcome and efficient consolation to the afflicted. Said a wise man to one in deep sorrow, I did not come to comfort you; God only can do that; but I did come to say how deeply and tenderly I feel for you in your affliction. — Tryon Edwards

I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them, knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles that will confront them in almost every walk of life. — Major Taylor

To us, our house was not unsentient matter -- it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals and solicitudes and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction. — Mark Twain

With what a deep devotedness of woe I wept thy absence - o'er and o'er again Thinking of thee, still thee, till thought grew pain, And memory, like a drop that, night and day, Falls cold and ceaseless, wore my heart away! — Thomas Moore

Desolate--Life is so dreary and desolate-- Women and men in the crowd meet and mingle, Yet with itself every soul standeth single, Deep out of sympathy moaning its moan-- Holding and having its brief exultation-- Making its lonesome and low lamentation-- Fighting its terrible conflicts alone. — Alice Cary

Literature, properly so called, draws its sap from the deep soil of human nature's common and everlasting sympathies, the gathered leaf-mound of countless generations, and not from any top dressing capriciously scattered over the surface. — James Russell Lowell

They weren't impatient for the boys to turn into cartoons again. They awarded sympathy, gave compassion. Because deep down they had found parts of themselves in the characters. You said it George. — Audrey Meadows

I have a deep sympathy with war, it so apes the gait and bearing of the soul. — Henry David Thoreau

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More Sympathy Quotes

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Hurt people hurt people. That's how pain patterns gets passed on, generation after generation after generation. Break the chain today. Meet anger with sympathy, contempt with compassion, cruelty with kindness. Greet grimaces with smiles. Forgive and forget about finding fault. Love is the weapon of the future. — Yehuda Berg

Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don’t have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. — Rick Warren

I believe that order is better than chaos, creation better than destruction. I prefer gentleness to violence, forgiveness to vendetta. On the whole I think knowledge is preferable to ignorance, and I am sure human sympathy is more valuable than ideology. — Leo Tolstoy

Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike. — Maya Angelou

May tender memories soften your grief, May fond recollection bring you relief, And may you find comfort and peace in the thought Of the joy that knowing your loved one brought... For time and space can never divide Or keep your loved one from your side. When memory paints in colors true, the happy hours that belonged to you. — Helen Steiner Rice

As for the Republicans -- how can one regard seriously a frightened, greedy, nostalgic huddle of tradesmen and lucky idlers who shut their eyes to history and science, [and] steel their emotions against decent human sympathy. — H. P. Lovecraft

Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals. — William E. Gladstone

Sufering is only intolerable when nobody cares. One continually sees that faith in God and his care is made infinitely easier by faith in someone who has shown kindness and sympathy. — Cicely Saunders

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.) — Saul Alinsky

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. — Jesse Jackson

Increased sympathy for an Islamist cause, lack of integration, and the absence of acceptance of Muslims into British society makes it harder for Muslims to challenge Islamism and tough for non-Muslims to understand it. — Maajid Nawaz

Empathy is becoming completely aware of the other side’s perspective. It’s not an agreement in any way. It’s not compassion. It’s not sympathy. Emotional intelligence—or what I call tactical empathy—is the bedrock of my negotiation approach and comes from years of dealing with hostage crises. — Chris Voss

Love is timeless.... Death does not separate the lover from the beloved. — Kahlil Gibran

In Conclusion

Quotes about sympathy highlight the significance of being there for others during their challenging moments. They emphasize the power of lending a listening ear, offering a shoulder to cry on, and providing emotional support. These quotes encourage us to be understanding and to show empathy towards those who are struggling, reminding us of the value of compassion in building strong and meaningful relationships.

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