One must love humanity in order to penetrate into the unique essence of each individual: no one can be too low or too ugly.
The nature of humanity, its essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, and to act to take that pain away,. There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.”
“Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia – em (into) and pathos (feeling) – a penetration, a kind of travel. It suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d enter another country, through immigration and customs, border crossing by way of query: What grows where you are? What are the laws? What animals graze there?”
“We have to teach empathy as we do literacy.”
“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.”
“Sit with me, and I’ll not be alone.
Hold my hand, and I’ll not feel alone.
Cry with me, and I’ll no longer suffer alone.”
Richelle E. Goodrich
“There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.”
Mary Anne Radmacher
“I learned pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can’t be learnt in lecture halls.”
“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals.“
“Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.”
“Though sympathy can’t alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.”
“Like a bird singing in the rain, let grateful memories survive in time of sorrow”
Robert Louis Stevenson
“Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.”
“Only a moment you stayed, but what an imprint your footprints have left on our hearts.”
“Show your compassion to people in their lifetime; no amount of your tears can serve as compensation when their coffins are lowered!”
“If you truly have compassion in your heart, show it by keeping your doubts to yourself and sharing your hope with those who love change!”