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Compassion Quotes

When an individual fear or apathy passes by the unfortunate, life is of no account.

Author: Haniel Long (1888-1956)

Profession: American Author, Poet, Journalist

Christianity demands a level of caring that transcends human inclinations.

Author: Erwin W. Lutzer

Profession: American Minister

Care is a state in which something does matter; it is the source of human tenderness.

Author: Rollo May

Profession: American Psychologist

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

Author: Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Profession: American Religious Writer, Poet

Saving lives is not a top priority in the halls of power. Being compassionate and concerned about human life can cause a man to lose his job. It can cause a woman not to get the job to begin with.

Author: Myriam Miedzian

Profession: American Actor

Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!

Author: Camille Paglia (1947)

Profession: American Author, Critic, Educator

No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to us to be a victim.

Author: Boris Pasternak (1890-1960)

Profession: Russian Poet, Novelist, Translator

Get it into your head once and for all, my simple and very fainthearted fellow, that what fools call humanness is nothing but a weakness born of fear and egoism; that this chimerical virtue, enslaving only weak men, is unknown to those whose character is formed by stoicism, courage, and philosophy.

Author: Marquis De Sade (1740-1814)

Profession: French Author

Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.

Author: Francis Schaeffer (1912-1984)

Profession: American Author

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.

Author: Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965)

Profession: German Born Medical Missionary, Theologian, Musician, and Philosopher

Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.

Author: William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Profession: British Poet, Playwright, Actor

The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater ;burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.

Author: Arthur H. Stainback


As we mature spiritually, we exhibit a growing capacity to care for and appreciate one another in the body of Christ, regardless of our differences.

Author: Joseph Stowell


Being part of an agenda beyond ourselves liberates us to complement each other rather than compete with each other.

Author: Joseph Stowell


When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.

Author: Thich Nhat Hanh

Profession: Vietnamese Buddhist Monk, Teacher