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Compassion Quotes

Compassion quotes make for a very interesting read, no doubt. But beyond that, they also try and teach us how to look within ourselves and find the ability to feel for others. In the following article we will be looking through some such quotes with the hope of making a mark.
Rujuta Borkar
Compassion. It seems like that is what we are missing in our lives. To feel what the other is feeling, to understand the pain and sorrow that the other is suffering. The ability to become better human beings is hidden in the quality of being compassionate, they say. To be aware of others' feelings and not live for oneself alone. And while I hold no influence in matters of coaxing people to be more compassionate, maybe the following compassion quotes and sayings will do my bidding.

When you read through these quotes by famous people you'll find that they automatically radiate in you the ability to become better human beings and force you to broaden your horizon to include others into your world, or go into theirs.

Quotes by Buddha

I don't need to go into details about the exemplary life of Buddha and how he strove to find inner peace and preached lessons of the importance of being compassionate. Not many of you might know, but Buddha's journey towards being a higher form was brought into being when he witnessed a funeral and was filled with so much compassion for the people that he gave up his kingdom (he was a prince by birth) and set about to find a path to peace. Here are some compassion quotes by this famous leader.

Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.

Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.

He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?

The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.

There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.

You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike; each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

To conquer oneself is a greater task than conquering others.

Life is suffering.

Quotes by Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama is a religious Buddhist leader who has always spread the message of peace and compassion. Here are some of his famous quotes that exemplify his take on compassion.

If the love within your mind is lost and you see other beings as enemies, then no matter how much knowledge or education or material comfort you have, only suffering and confusion will ensue.

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

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.

True compassion is universal in scope. It is accompanied by a feeling of responsibility.

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.

By Others

What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pike

Make no judgments where you have no compassion. ~ Anne McCaffrey

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

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. ~ Henry Ward

The dew of compassion is a tear. ~ Lord Byron

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation. ~ Henry Ward Beeche

I would rather feel compassion than know the meaning of it ~ Thomas Aquinas

Compassion quotes need to be put out there. They need to be used as a reminder of what we are and what our duty in life is. What it means to live for others and why it is so important. They take us to the core of human behavior and make us want to be human again. That's why, a read through these quotes from time to time becomes important.