Humanity 101 - compassion

Compassion in their own words...

Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

The major block to compassion is the judgment in our minds. Judgment is the mind's primary tool of separation.

Diane Berke

 

For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose its anger and become compassion again. 

Paula Cole

 

Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.

Mason Cooley

 

The individual is capable of both great compassion and great indifference. He has it within his means to nourish the former and outgrow the latter.

Norman Cousins

 

Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.

Ellen DeGeneres

            Other Ellen DeGeneres Quotes:

If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.

 

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

Dalai Lama

Other Dalai Lama quotes:

  • All major religious traditions carry basically the same message, that is love, compassion and forgiveness the important thing is they should be part of our daily lives.
  • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

 

Compassion will no longer be seen as a spiritual luxury for a contemplative few; rather it will be viewed as a social necessity for the entire human family.

Duane Elgin

 

Without fear, we are able to see more clearly our connections to others. Without fear, we have more room for understanding and compassion. Without fear, we are truly free.

Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.

Eric Hoffer

 

Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.

Hubert H. Humphrey

 

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.

Lao Tzu

 

Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.

Martin Lowenthal

 

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other - not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.

Nelson Mandela

 

Reason guides our attempt to understand the world about us. Both reason and compassion guide our efforts to apply that knowledge ethically, to understand other people, and have ethical relationships with other people.

Molleen Matsumura

 

My mother's love has always been a sustaining force for our family, and one of my greatest joys is seeing her integrity, her compassion, her intelligence reflected in my daughters.

Michelle Obama [See also integrity]

 

Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference -- in our own lives and those of others.

Sharon Salzberg

 

Compassion is the basis of morality.

Arthur Schopenhauer

 

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.

Albert Schweitzer

 

In separateness lies the world's great misery, in compassion lies the world's true strength.

Buddha, Hindu Prince Gautama Siddharta

 

Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.

Arnold Toynbee

 

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

Desmond Tutu

 

May we not succumb to thoughts of violence and revenge today, but rather to thoughts of mercy and compassion. We are to love our enemies that they might be returned to their right minds.

Marianne Williamson