To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. ~ – Howard Zinn
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek. ~ Dalai Lama XIV
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”
― Gautama Buddha
“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘universe’ – a part limited in time and space. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein
I can do no other than be reverent before everything that is called life. I can do no other than to have compassion for all that is called life. That is the beginning and the foundation of all ethics. The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. It is a man’s sympathy with all creatures that truly makes him a man. Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man himself will not find peace. ~ Albert Schweitzer
The value of compassion cannot be over-emphasized. Anyone can criticize. It takes a true believer to be compassionate. No greater burden can be borne by an individual than to know no one cares or understands.~ Arthur H. Stainback
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Children are born with the need to explore nature. When properly taught to be compassionate to animals, they will mature into compassionate adults. Teaching children to show empathy and respect towards other living beings should be the most important lesson of their lives.
Real compassion is not a kind of luxurious pity where you look down on others from a distance and give them a little gift to make them temporarily feel better. It is a complete and intense involvement, like being cast into the middle of a blazing fire. ~ 17th Karmapa
The Secret’s” message is to let go of all blame because it only destroys you, and to move forward with hope, love, compassion and kindness. Báb
Out of compassion I destroy the darkness of their ignorance. From within them I light the lamp of wisdom and dispel all darkness from their lives. ~ Bhagavad Gita
True compassion, is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Compassion begins at home, and it is not how much we do but how much love we put in that action. Do not think that love has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired.” Mother Teresa
Life is short. Time is fleeting. Realise the Self. Purity of the heart is the gateway to God. Aspire. Renounce. Meditate. Be good; do good. Be kind; be compassionate. Inquire, know. ~ Thyself Sri Swami Sivananda
No man is a true believer unless he desireth for his brother that which he desireth for himself. ~ Muhammad quotes
No-one knows what the soul is. But what we do know is, the soul is where God works compassion. ~ Meister Eckhart