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Compassion Quotes

Compassion Quotes Compassion Kindness

Source: Various

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-05-27

Scripture: Various

Author: Various


"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these." [George Washington Carver (1860–1943) was born into slavery but went on to become one of America's best known botanists and inventors.]

"A good heat is better than all the heads in the world." [Edward Bulwer-Lytton (1803 – 1873), was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and politician.]

“I feel sorry for the man who cannot feel the whip when it is laid on the other man’s back.” [Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, whose crowning accomplishment was the abolition of slavery.]

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” [Dalai Lama, born Tenzin Gyatso, (1935 - ) is the current (14th) Dalai Lama, or spiritual/political leader of Tibet.]

“True compassion means not only feeling another's pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” [Daniel Goleman (1946 - ) is an author, psychologist, and science journalist.]

“If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” [Francis of Assisi (c. 1181 – 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher, and is one of the most universally respected religious figures in history.]

“It is much easier to show compassion to animals. They are never wicked.” [Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930 and Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974.]

“For years I thought my assignment or the Church's assignment was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don't support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus.” [Max Lucado (1955 - ) is a best-selling Christian author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas.]

“Compassion is loving others enough to say or do what is appropriate from an empowered heart without attachment to the outcome.” [Gary Zukav (1942 - ) is an American “spiritual” teacher and the New York Times best selling author.]

“Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.” [Francis Schaeffer (1912 – 1984) was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, philosopher, and Presbyterian pastor, most famous for his establishment of the L'Abri community in Switzerland.]

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” [Plato (c. 428 – to c. 348 BC) was a philosopher, as well as mathematician, in Classical Greece. Together, with his teacher Socrates and his student Aristotle, they forged the foundation for Western philosophical thought.]

“No one has ever become poor by giving.” [Anne Frank (1929 – 1945) was a young Jewish writer who lost her life in the the Holocaust. Her wartime diary, later published as The Diary of a Young Girl, became a classic, providing a behind-the-scenes context for the life and times of those affected.]

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” [John Holmes (1904 - 1962), American poet.]

“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident.]

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” [John Bunyan (1628 – 1688) was an English writer and preacher best remembered as the author of the religious allegory The Pilgrim's Progress.]

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” [Gautama Buddha was the founder of Buddhism believed to have lived and taught mostly in eastern India sometime between the sixth and fourth centuries BC.]

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” [Pema Chödrön (1936 - ) is an American Buddhist nun and author.]

“That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” [Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) was a French philosopher and author.]

“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. (1929 – 1968) was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.]

“We only have what we give.” [Isabel Allende (1942 - ) is a Chilean-American writer and novelist.]

“Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.” [Criss Jami (1987 - ) is a contemporary American philosopher, poet, and essayist.]

“Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer.” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident.]

“How would your life be different if…You pretended those around you were deaf to your words? Let today be the day…You let your actions speak and communicate your feelings and intentions.” [Steve Maraboli (1975 - ) is an internet radio commentator, motivational speaker and author.

“There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” [Mary Anne Radmacher is a contemporary American writer and artist. She conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life.]

“Look into your own heart; discover what is that gives you pain. And then refuse, under any circumstances whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.” [Karen Armstrong (1944 - ) is a British author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion.]

“The first to help you up are the ones who know how it feels to fall down.” [Author unknown]

“Compassion: a sympathetic consciousness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.” [Merriam-Webster Dictionary]

“Compassion is the ability to see what needs doing right now and the willingness to do it right now.” [Brad Warner (1964 - ) is an American Sōtō Zen priest, author, blogger, documentarian and punk rock bass guitarist.]

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grades intention.” [Oscar Wilde (1854 –1900) was an Irish author, playwright and poet, best known for such works as The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Importance of Being Ernest.]

“Compassion is a verb.” [Author unknown]

“The strength of a nation is not measured by the size of its army, but by how it treats the weakest members of its society.” [Author unknown]

“Be kind whenever possible. … It is always possible.” [Dalai Lama, born Tenzin Gyatso, (1935 - ) is the current (14th) Dalai Lama, or spiritual/political leader of Tibet.]


Many of the above quotes provide their own points of application. They do not necessarily represent the views of Orthodox Christianity; neither do they necessarily represent the views of Illustration Exchange.

Get On the Floor With the Fallen

Humility Empathy Kindness

Source: "The Prophet Faulkner" by Larry Levinger, The Atlantic Monthly, June 2000, p.82

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-07-18

Scripture: Romans 12:15 ; Hebrews 13:3

Author: Larry Levinger


"Once, at a dinner party famed American novelist, William Faulkner was attending, a polite man pulled a dining chair out for one of the women, who, busy talking with other guests, was unaware that he had done so. She fell to the floor, surprised and chagrined.

"Faulkner sat down on the floor with her. The gesture - noble, tender, humane - was much in character. Faulkner could not abide harm or diminishment. He preferred to get on the floor with the fallen. That's where he found his muse."


God calls us to empathy. Don’t ask the lowly to rise to your position. First sit with them in theirs, then help them up!

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).

Kindness Across America

Kindness Cultural Trends Naive

Source: ‘KINDNESS’ AUTHOR SHOT: Driver charged in Montana attack on man writing about U.S. compassion,” Tuesday, June 12, 2012, The Daily

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-06-13

Scripture: Leviticus 19:34 ; Galatians 5:9

Author: Illustration Exchange


In a strange twist of irony, a man on a mission to trek across the US to chronicle “The Kindness of America” was randomly shot while sitting by the side of the road eating his lunch. He had been on the journey less than a week.
According to Valley County, Montana, Sheriff Glen Meier, Ray Dolin, 39, “was sitting down to have a little lunch and this guy drives up. He thought he was going to give him a ride and as he approached the vehicle, the guy pulls out his weapon and shoots him. It’s as simple as that.”
Dolin had planned to take pictures and write memoirs of the kindness extended to him, a stranger, as he passed through communities from coast to coast.
Dolin is expected to make a full recovery, but whether he will resume his “Kindness” tour remains to be seen.


Mr. Dolin's optimistic view of the American spirit is admirable, but also a bit naïve. Certainly goodness and kindness still exist in our land, but violence and brutality are quickly becoming the new norm.

In fact, The Daily reports, “Crime rates across western North Dakota and eastern Montana have spiked as thousands of workers flock to a region that has become one of America’s top-producing oil regions.” With the influx of throngs of workers seeking quick riches, has come all that accompanies such materialistic madness—crime, exploitation, greed, and rather than random acts of kindness, random acts of violence.

As North Dakotans and Montanans mourn the loss of their quiet and quaint communities, so God mourned the loss of innocence as sin first entered the perfection of the garden. It only took a single act of sin to spread like a virus, infecting all of mankind. As the Scriptures contend, “A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough” (Galatians 5:9, NASB).

I hope Mr. Dolan continues his quest for kindness. But may he do so with his eyes wide open to the realities of our fallen world.

“You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God” (Leviticus 19:34)

The Power Of Sweetness

Retribution Resentment Kindness

Contributed By: Ron Henson | Date Posted: 2011-07-12

Scripture: Proverbs 16:24

Author: Ron Henson

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"I'll Love You Forever"

Salvation Love (Divine) Parenting

Contributed By: Neal Pollard | Date Posted: 2019-02-16

Scripture: Jeremiah 31:3 ; John 3:16

Author: Neal Pollard

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Prairie Schooners

Missions Compassion Servanthood

Contributed By: James Miller | Date Posted: 2018-10-06

Scripture: Matthew 25:29 ; Matthew 28:18

Author: James Miller

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Real Men ... Love

Love (Divine) Men's Concerns Husbands

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-10-02

Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:1 ; 1 Corinthians 16:14

Author: Corey Sawyers

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You Are The "Fiber Optic Light" Of The World

Jesus' Love Compassion Holy Spirit

Contributed By: Dan Kelley | Date Posted: 2018-07-13

Scripture: John 8:12 ; John 15:5

Author: Dan Kelley

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I Know How You Feel!

Empathy Compassion Disappointment

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2018-04-25

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:4 ; 2 Corinthians 1:6

Author: Jeff Passan

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Go In Peace?

Poverty Faith Love (Divine)

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-04-21

Scripture: James 2:16

Author: Illustration Exchange

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