Compassion Quotes

compassion quotes

Compassion is an important part of the Buddhist path, and one of the four brahma-viharas. Compassion is the quality of responding to suffering with care and attention, and an important quality to cultivate. Here are some of our favorites quotes on compassion for others and ourselves.

“The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that’s wrong with the world.”
-Paul Farmer

“One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.”

“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.”

“To love our enemy is impossible. The moment we understand our enemy, we feel compassion towards him/her, and he/she is no longer our enemy.”
-Thich Nhat Hanh

“‘As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I.’ Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.”

“The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well being.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV

“All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.”

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”

“Real compassion comes from seeing the suffering of others. You feel a sense of responsibility, and you want to do something for them.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV

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

“Sometimes your dear friend, though still the same person, feels more like an enemy. Instead of love, you feel hostility. But with genuine love and compassion, another person’s appearance or behavior has no effect on your attitude.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV

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

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
-His Holiness the Dalai Lama XIV

“All the peace and happiness of the whole globe,
the peace and happiness of societies,
the peace and happiness of family,
the peace and happiness in the individual persons’ life,
and the peace and happiness of even the animals and so forth,
all depends on having loving kindness toward each other.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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