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10 Quotes About Compassion: Living Outside of Yourself

Compassion is defined as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. The opposite of compassion is mercilessness or indifference. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among these fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. –Herman Melville

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. –Leo Buscaglia

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

If you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew. –Pocahontas

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived–that is to have succeeded. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit. –Nelson Henderson

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it. –Wilfred Peterson

We won’t always know whose lives we touched and made better for our having cared, because actions sometimes have unforeseen ramifications. What’s important is that you do care and you act. –Charlotte Lunsford

If there is any kindness I can show, any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again. –William Penn

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and strong, because some day in life you will have been all of these. –George Washington Carver

Let these 10 quotes about compassion serve as a reminder that as members of this family called the human race, we are interconnected and are meant to share in life’s journey. It’s not always the planned or the expected that makes an impact. To the contrary, it is often the simple, small, personal, unanticipated, or seemingly insignificant gifts of compassion that light (or re-light) our hearts on fire. Memories of unexpected kindnesses and the thoughtfulness of both friends and strangers are forever etched on my own heart.

What about you? Maybe you remember a time when a friend or stranger showed you compassion in an unexpected hour. If so, what impression did it leave on your life?  How has it made a difference in your own compassion toward others? 

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(c) By April McCallum, Destiny’s Women™ – “Championing the Life, Freedom & Destiny of Women”
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Quote about Indifference

 

“Not the torturer will scare me, nor the body’s final fall, nor the barrels of death’s rifles, nor the shadows on the wall, nor the night when to the ground the last dim star of pain is hurled, but the blind indifference of a merciless, unfeeling world.” -Roger Waters 

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