Favorite Quotations ~  Compassion O Brother, Where Art Thou?

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." ~ Dalai Lama


Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. ~ Eric Hoffer

It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

When your mind is liberated, your heart floods with compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

What is of most moment of compassion is not feelings of pity but feelings of togetherness. ~ Matthew Fox

It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put in the doing -- that’s compassion in action. ~ Mother Teresa

The only way to learn compassion is through your heart; you have to back up and pass through your own pain. ~ Matthew Fox

Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. ~ Albert Schweitzer

If once we admit, be it for a single hour or in a single instance, that there can be anything more important than compassion for a fellow human being, then there is no crime against man that we cannot commit with an easy conscience. ~ Leo Tolstoy

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. ~ Thomas Merton

Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy. ~ Chögyam Trungpa

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Buddha

Compassion is one of the principal things that make our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy. ~ Dalai Lama

It’s compassion that makes gods of us. ~ Dorothy Gilman, Tightrope Walker