Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama

“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

“In separateness lies the world’s great misery, in compassion lies the world’s true strength.” – The Buddha

“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.” – Mason Cooley

“When your fear touches someone’s pain it becomes pity; when your love touches someone’s pain it becomes compassion.” – Steven Levy

“Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs.” – Betty Williams

“Compassion denotes a feeling of connection with and respect for others. It belongs to that category of emotions which have a more developed cognitive component. So, we can understand compassion as a combination of empathy and reason.” – The Dalai Lama

“As long as space endures and living beings remain, until then may I, too, remain to dispel the misery of the world.” – Shantideva

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

“We need to build millions of little moments of caring on an individual level.” – Michael Lerner

“The act of compassion begins with full attention… You have to really see the person.” – Daniel Goleman

“Compassion impels us….to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there.” – Charter for Compassion

“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.” – The Dalai Lama

“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” – The Bible

“Humanity’s collective mission in the cosmos lies in the practice of compassion.” – Daisaku Ikeda

“Love the whole world as a mother loves her only child.” – The Buddha

“Compassion is the flowering of meditation…With compassion, meditation has a fragrance.” – Osho

“Look at the weaknesses of others with compassion, not accusation. It’s not what they’re not doing or should be doing that’s the issue. The issue is your own chosen response to the situation and what you should be doing. If you start to think the problem is “out there,” stop yourself. That thought is the problem.” – Stephen Covey

“What we all have in common is an appreciation of kindness and compassion; all the religions have this. We all lean towards love.” – Richard Gere

“Loving kindness acknowledges our undeniable interconnection with the entire world. And it makes us a whole lot happier too!” – Sandra Pawula

“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“Someday, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love.  Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”  – Teilhard de Chardin

“If we put our feet in other people’s shoes, we will cultivate peace in our homes, with our neighbors, and with other countries.” – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

“By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them, we relieve ourselves also.” – Thomas Browne, Sr.

“If you judge people, you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa

“If there is love, there is hope to have real families, real brotherhood, real equanimity, real peace.” – The Dalai Lama

“Acquiring the consciousness to recognize our wounds and complete our souls so we can serve our communities with compassion is the true Hero’s Journey. This is a spiritual path anyone can take.” – Jean Raffa

“Aware of the suffering caused by the destruction of life, I vow to cultivate compassion and learn ways to protect lives of people, animals, plants, and minerals. I am determined not to kill, not to let others kill, and not to condone any killing in the world, in my thinking, and in my way of life.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.” – The Qur’an 39.10

“Disarmament is compassion in practice.”  – The Dalai Lama


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