I love hearing about people who are examples of compassion, making a difference in our world today. We need so much more of that because we are all in this together.
I previously published “Best Kindness Quotes.” According to “Difference Between Kindness and Compassion,” at DifferenceBetween.net: “In kindness, a person may feel sorry for some person but will not reflect the suffering person’s feelings. But with compassion, a person may have the same feelings as that of the suffering person.”
“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” Mother Teresa, A Gift for God: Prayers and Meditations
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” Tahereh Mafi, Shatter Me
“There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” Mary Anne Radmacher
“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. “Albert Schweitzer
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” Lao Tzu
“True love is born from understanding.” Gautama Buddha
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Gautama Buddha
“We have to make mistakes, it’s how we learn compassion for others.” Curtis Sittenfeld, American Wife
“for 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, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“Hurt people hurt people. We are not being judgmental by separating ourselves from such people. But we should do so with compassion. Compassion is defined as a “keen awareness of the suffering of another coupled with a desire to see it relieved.” People hurt others as a result of their own inner strife and pain. Avoid the reactive response of believeing they are bad; they already think so and are acting that way. They aren’t bad; they are damaged and they deserve compassion. Note that compassion is an internal process, an understanding of the painful and troubled road trod by another. It is not trying to change or fix that person.” Will Bowen, Complaint Free Relationships: Transforming Your Life One Relationship at a Time
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter into the places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. 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 J.M. Nouwen
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” Desmond Tutu
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” Dalai Lama XIV
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” Dalai Lama XIV
“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” Dalai Lama XIV
“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
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” Confucius
“It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.” Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being
“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” Daniel Goleman
“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.” Daniel Goleman, Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships
“One love, one heart, one destiny.” Bob Marley
I also have a list of my best quotes posts in “Best Quotes.”
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