Quotations on Empathy and Compassion



(https://commons.wikimedia.org–Allan Warren)

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive.”

                                                                       James Baldwin




“No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care”

                                                                      Theodore Roosevelt




“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

                                                                      Mahatma Gandhi

22 thoughts on “Quotations on Empathy and Compassion

    • I agree with you, and I think that is what Gandhi meant. At least that is the way I read it, as an admonition to those who think simply being religious is enough to be good person, that they need to have compassion also.

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  1. If more people reasoned this way, we would be living in a very different world, one of kindness, empathy, compassion and actions that beget those words. How wonderful are the words and feelings those individuals quoted above were, especially, at a time when those words were not welcomed by many. So, I’ll add courage to that list of words too. These are wonderful quotes! Thank you for sharing, Charles.

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  2. Thank you for sharing these wonderful quotes. Empathy is a rare and precious thing. It is so valuable in forming the bonds that hold people, societies, and all of humanity together. I liked your response with regard to the quote by Gandhi. The way I read it is that understanding human suffering is not restricted to the so-called religious people but the exact opposite. That if you understand, then you are religious regardless of your faith or if you practice none at all.


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