117 Compassion Quotes That Will Raise Your Character

Compassion is one of the most important qualities that a person can possess.

Compassion is defined as sympathy or empathy, which is feeling or understanding the suffering of others and wanting to relieve it. It also is seen as coming from a place of unity and oneness with others. Empathy is the ability to understand how someone feels and sees things through their eyes, while compassion is an action that works towards relieving suffering in another person.

We often think of compassion in our interactions with people around us, but compassionate acts need not just be limited to humans. Animals are capable of feeling pain just as we are, and it’s easy to feel empathy for them when they’re in pain. The same goes for any living thing that displays fear or discomfort – whether

These quotes are for all the people who want to raise their character and be more compassionate towards others.

Top 117 Compassion Quotes To Raise Your Character

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

“I think compassion is important but love fizzles out eventually. But if there is compassion in a relationship, things can always be worked out.” ― Anushka Sharma

“Compassion is loving others enough to say or do what is appropriate from an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome.” ― Gary Zukav

“May your daily choices be a reflection of your deepest values.” ― Coleen Patrick-Goudreau

“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” ― Anonymous

“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” ― Dalai Lama

“Until you have real compassion, you can not recognize love.” ― Bob Thurman

“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” ― Buddha

“I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.” ― Mother Teresa

“Compassion is the key to living outside the confines of your lower self.” ― Debbie Ford

“People need to have compassion for others.” ― Frank Bruno

“Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.” ― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Our compassion for one another, and our individual actions to help, is what makes our nation – and our community – great.” ― Kevin Brady

“More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.” ― George Eliot

“Don’t always talk. Find the time to listen to people. Listening makes you wiser and more helpful.” ― Remez Sasson

“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” ― Daniel Goleman

“If you want to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Cultivating compassion for ourselves and others can bring balance and harmony to our lives in a way we never dreamed of.” ― Thubten Chodron

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ― The Dalai Lama

“It is a lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.” ― Anonymous

“Since you accept yourself compassionately, it probably follows that you accept others as well in the same manner, and that you are an optimist with an outgoing personality, all necessary ingredients for a well equilibrated approach to life.” ― Charles C. Malone

“Compassion may be defined as the capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.” ― Joan Halifax

“There never was any heart truly great and generous, that was not also tender and compassionate.” ― Robert Frost

“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” ― Martin Lowenthal

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

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ― Unknown

“Honesty is the quality I value most in a friend. Not bluntness, but honesty with compassion.” ― Brooke Shields

“Compassion, not passion, keeps a marriage together.” ― Betty Wright

“That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.” ― Sharon Salzberg

“It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are.” ― Sharon Salzberg

“In compassion, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and we put another person there.” ― Karen Armstrong

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Compassion is a verb.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

“If you understand the difficulty and problems a person faces, you will tend to be compassionate and try to heal their wounds.” ― Anthony Aries

“Compassion is no substitute for justice.” ― Rush Limbaugh

“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion – towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― The Dalai Lama

“It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act.” ― Dalai Lama

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

“Compassion is so pure, I don’t think there is any way to taint it.” ― Chade-Meng Tan

“Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” ― Pema Chodron

“True benevolence, or compassion, extends itself through the whole of existence and sympathizes with the distress of every creature capable of sensation.” ― Joseph Addison

“Our task must be to free ourselves… by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

“Strength and compassion are not mutually exclusive.” ― Robert Kiyosaki

“Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess. Yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion, we lose what it is to be human.” ― Anonymous

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“One of women’s greatest values is compassion.” ― Safak Pavey

“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

“Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” ― Jack Kornfield

“Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got.” ― Cheryl Strayed

“Look for a way to lift someone up. And if that’s all you do, that’s enough.” ― Elizabeth Lesser

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Compassion is so often the solution.” ― Anonymous

“Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.” ― Rachael Joy Scott

“Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.” ― Joan Halifax

“Make no judgements where you have no compassion.” ― Anne McCaffrey

“I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.” ― Steve Maraboli

“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ― Lao Tzu

“Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” ― Dalai Lama

“The Lord will give you, if you ask, the feelings of the compassion He feels for those in need.” ― Henry B. Eyring

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” ― Anonymous

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” ― Dalai Lama

“Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.” ― Robert Wagner

“At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” ― Terry Waite

“We need the compassion and the courage to change the conditions that support our suffering. Those conditions are things like ignorance, bitterness, negligence, clinging, and holding on.” ― Sharon Salzberg

“God is compassion.” ― Greg Boyle

“As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.” ― Tracee Ellis Ross

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” ― Thomas Merton

“It is in deep solitude that I find the gentleness with which I can truly love my brothers.” ― Thomas Merton

“Serve and show compassion and the will to help others.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. I believe we’re all put on this planet for a purpose, and we all have a different purpose… When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

“When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” ― Kristin Neff

“Compassion and empathy are anathema to sports.” ― Steve Rushin

“Wealth and compassion are opposites.” ― Munshi Premchand

“Compassion enables you to reach to the heavens and look through the heart of God.” ― Debbie Ford

“It’s hard to practice compassion when we’re struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance.” ― Brene Brown

“Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.” ― Anonymous

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” ― John Bunyan

“Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” ― Eric Hoffer

“Love truth, and pardon error.” ― Voltaire

“Great teachers emanate out of knowledge, passion, and compassion.” ― A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“When you help others you help yourself, since all people are connected with the same life force.” ― Remez Sasson

“I know what real courage is, and I understand true compassion.” ― Mo Yan

“If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.” ― William Penn

“As teachers, we need to have compassion for our students, to look at where they’re coming from, and to intuit their particular strengths and limits.” ― Tim Gunn

“Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It’s not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience.” ― Glennon Doyle Melton

“With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right.” ― Abraham Lincoln

“There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” ― John Connolly

“Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” ― Yasmin Mogahed

“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” ― Prince

“When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted, is able to bend and, most of all, embraces us for our strengths and struggles.” ― Brene Brown

“I think compassion is an important quality in people in general.” ― Shannon Elizabeth

“Most people are not good people. In business, in art, in almost every ‘world’ I’ve been in, most people I’ve meet are pretty gray to black. It takes practice to be the person who is a source of compassion and honesty.” ― James Altucher

“From compassion springs humility. The ego is verily a gateway to hell. The person who is egoistic is far from being religious.” ― Dada Vaswani

“Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” ― Confucius

“Of course we have compassion. We just don’t believe the safety net should be used as a hammock.” ― Allen West

“Let you love embrace all living creatures, since they are part of the same life force residing in you and in others.” ― Remez Sasson

“Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” ― Amish Proverb

“Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.” ― Dalai Lama

“Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy.” ― Giovanni Boccaccio

“Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” ― Thomas Merton

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama

“I think that the greatest lesson I learned from my father is just having compassion towards people.” ― Laila Ali

“Compassion is passion with a heart.” ― Anonymous

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.” ― Albert Schweitzer

“One of the secrets of inner peace is the practice of compassion.” ― Dalai Lama

“Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it.” ― Eminem

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ― Tahereh Mafi

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama

“You have to have empathy, knowledge and compassion for your characters if you’re a writer.” ― Paul Haggis

“We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity. What we have to be is what we are.” ― Thomas Merton

“The church must always show compassion, always.” ― Rick Warren

“Have compassion for nature and its beauty, for animals and for people for the sky and the earth.–Remez Sasson

“The dew of compassion is a tear.” ― Lord Byron

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