110 Best Compassion Quotes And Sayings

Looking for the best compassion quotes? We’ve compiled a list of popular quotes and sayings.

Popular Compassion Quotes

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

2. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

3. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

4. “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” – Confucius

5. “As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

6. “There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

7. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Jack Kornfield

8. “Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” – Pema Chodron

9. “Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving-kindness, human understanding, and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.” – Susan Vreeland

10. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

11. “Until you have real compassion, you can not recognize love.” – Bob Thurman

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12. “Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” – Yasmin Mogahed

13. “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chödrön

14. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

15. “Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama

16. “Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed

17. “When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.” – Henepola Gunaratana

18. “Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” – Prince

19. “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama

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

21. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

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22. “Compassion is a two way street.” – Frank Capra

23. “Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess. Yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human.”

24. “One of women’s greatest values is compassion.” – Safak Pavey

25. “Compassion is so pure, I don’t think there is any way to taint it.” – Chade-Meng Tan

26. “Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf

27. “Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy.” – Giovanni Boccaccio

28. “People need to have compassion for others.” – Frank Bruno

29. “I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Lao Tzu

30. “Compassion is the key to living outside the confines of your lower self.” – Debbie Ford

31. “It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are.” – Sharon Salzberg

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32. “Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.” – William Cowper

33. “When compassion wakes up in us, we find ourselves more willing to become vulnerable, to take the risk of entering the pain of others.” – Sue Monk Kidd

34. “We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that.” – Ellen DeGeneres

35. “God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” – Desmond Tutu

36. “Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” – Thomas Merton

37. “Compassion knows that choosing the higher road in any situation is the most loving option for you.” – Debbie Ford

38. “Compassion, not passion, keeps a marriage together.” – Betty Wright

39. “Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.” – Joan Halifax

40. “Compassion is no substitute for justice.” – Rush Limbaugh

41. “I think compassion is an important quality in people in general.” – Shannon Elizabeth

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42. “This idea of compassion comes to us because we’re made in the image of God, who is ultimately the compassionate one.” – Jackie Tabick

43. “Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.” – Betty Williams

44. “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” – Chogyam Trungpa

45. “Strength and compassion are not mutually exclusive.” – Robert Kiyosaki

46. “It’s hard to practice compassion when we’re struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.” – Brene Brown

47. “God is compassion.” – Greg Boyle

48. “Most people are not good people. In business, in art, in almost every ‘world’ I’ve been in, most people I’ve meet are pretty gray to black. It takes practice to be the person who is a source of compassion and honesty.” – James Altucher

49. “At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” – Terry Waite

50. “True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” – Daniel Goleman

51. “I know what real courage is, and I understand true compassion.” – Mo Yan

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52. “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

53. “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.” – Henry Ward Beecher

54. “I think we learn the most from imperfect relationships – things like forgiveness and compassion.” – Andrea Thompson

55. “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.” – Dalai Lama

56. “Compassion is contempt with a human face.” – John McCarthy

57. “I’m hopeful for a world with more love, acceptance, and compassion for others.” – Lily Alridge

58. “I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” – Ellen DeGeneres

59. “We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.” – Sharon Salzberg

60. “Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” – Eric Hoffer

61. “Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.” – Eminem

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62. “Compassion enables you to reach to the heavens and look through the heart of God.” – Debbie Ford

63. “Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” – Albert Einstein

64. “Of course we have compassion. We just don’t believe the safety net should be used as a hammock.” – Allen West

65. “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

66. “Compassion may be defined as the capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.” – Joan Halifax

67. “Compassion is a practically acquired knowledge, like dancing. You must do it and practice diligently day by day.” – Karen Armstrong

68. “Compassion has no place in the natural order of the world which operates on the basis of necessity. Compassion opposes this order and is therefore best thought of as being in some way supernatural.” – John Berger

69. “Wealth and compassion are opposites.” – Munshi Premchand

70. “Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” – Robert Wagner

71. “Honesty is the quality I value most in a friend. Not bluntness, but honesty with compassion.” – Brooke Shields

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72. “Compassion in evangelical churches is out of balance. When I talk about it, I get a lot of glazed expressions.” – Max Lucado

73. “The mind is no match with the heart in persuasion; constitutionality is no match with compassion.” – Everett Dirksen

74. “It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.” – Erma Bombeck

75. “Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

76. “Let us unite the world through the compassion for our children.” – Kailash Satyarthi

77. “Compassion is a call, a demand of nature, to relieve the unhappy as hunger is a natural call for food.” – Joseph Butler

78. “The dew of compassion is a tear.” – Lord Byron

79. “Our compassion for one another, and our individual actions to help, is what makes our nation – and our community – great.” – Kevin Brady

80. “Compassion and empathy are anathema to sports.” – Steve Rushin

81. “The Lord will give you, if you ask, the feelings of the compassion He feels for those in need.” – Henry B. Eyring

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82. “From compassion springs humility. The ego is verily a gateway to hell. The person who is egoistic is far from being religious.” – Dada Vaswani

83. “Make no judgements where you have no compassion.” – Anne McCaffrey

84. “It is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.” – Zachary Quinto

85. “Some people are filled by compassion and a desire to do good, and some simply don’t think anything’s going to make a difference.” – Meryl Streep

86. “Some people seem to see compassion as being mushy.” – Laura Schlessinger

87. “I have mental illness in my family. I have a lot of compassion for those people.” – Mark Ruffalo

88. “Compassion is not a popular virtue.” – Karen Armstrong

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

90. “Compassion isn’t morose; it’s something replenishing and opening; that’s why it makes us happy.” – Sharon Salzberg

91. “All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.” – Dalai Lama

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92. “When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted, is able to bend and, most of all, embraces us for our strengths and struggles.” – Brene Brown

93. “You have to have empathy, knowledge and compassion for your characters if you’re a writer.” – Paul Haggis

94. “The church must always show compassion, always.” – Rick Warren

95. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Steve Maraboli

96. “Everyone deserves compassion.” – Michael Sheen

97. “No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank

98. “I’m a pretty tough guy, you know. I’m a pretty hard man. I’ve got a lot of compassion, but I don’t waste time with people.” – Anthony Hopkins

99. “I think compassion is important but love fizzles out eventually. But if there is compassion in a relationship, things can always be worked out.” – Anushka Sharma

100. “Compassion is the basis of morality.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

101. “Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

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102. “In compassion, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and we put another person there.” – Karen Armstrong

103. “Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.” – Glennon Doyle Melton

104. “Everything I do as a mother builds on a foundation of love and compassion.” – Amy Chua

105. “Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” – Dalai Lama

106. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Unknown

107. “Compassion is loving others enough to say or do what is appropriate from an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome.” – Gary Zukav

108. “I think that the greatest lesson I learned from my father is just having compassion towards people.” – Laila Ali

109. “She has no imagination and that means no compassion.” – Michael Foot

110. “One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.” – Dalai Lama