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Quotes about Compassion

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration

Self-compassion is the first step in cultivating compassion.  To be conscious of your own divine humanness, to accept yourself, and to be unconditionally kind to yourself evokes the inner peace necessary to extend compassion outward.    What a way to live!

Enjoy these quotes about compassion.

“What comes from the heart goes to the heart.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“A good heart is better than all the heads in the world.”  Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

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

“Compassion is the desire that moves the individual self to widen the scope of its self-concern to embrace the whole of the universal self.” Arnold Toynbee

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.  This delusion is kind of a prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein

“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms — to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Victor Frankl

Very Smart Girls choose compassion, especially self-compassion.

You may also want to read “The Measure of a Man”, “The Volunteer Wellness Effect”, and “Seeing from Your Heart”.

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