37 Inspirational Quotes About Compassion

37 Inspirational Quotes About Compassion

Compassion – for ourselves, our fellow humans and animals is not just something that should be thought about when we are going through a crisis. We need to practice compassion for each other on a daily basis – giving it to others in whatever capacity we can. Not all acts of compassion have to be large or cost a lot of time or any money. A kind word, a smile, and nod from the appropriate social distance (which hopefully will soon be less than the current 6 feet), or by being patient with one another, especially when they are going through a rough spot. It should be our goal to show compassion each day, at any chance we have, and if you keep your eyes open there are always opportunities to show a little compassion to someone.


37 Inspirational Quotes About Compassion


“Compassion is not a virtue -- it is a commitment. It's not something we have or don't have -- it's something we choose to practice.” ― Brené Brown

  • “Compassion is not a virtue — it is a commitment. It’s not something we have or don’t have — it’s something we choose to practice.”
    ― Brené Brown
  • “There are these amazing little seeds called compassion. You should grow some.”
    ― Richelle E. Goodrich,
  • “I feel the capacity to care is the thing which gives life its deepest significance.”
    ― Pablo Casals
  • “Someone, somewhere, needs to take courage to break the cycle of violence. Forgiveness is superior to justice. Being kind and compassionate to those who are good to you is easy. True forgiveness and compassion come only when one is able to forgive even those who have committed barbaric acts. If Angulimala is capable of renouncing violence, then tell me, your Majesty: is your civilized society also capable of being truly civilized and renouncing violence?”
    ― Satish Kumar
  • “Don’t always use PAIN that you receive as an excuse to GIVE PAIN…”
    ― Tsem Tulku Rinpoche
  • “There’s often a reason why people and dogs bite. It’s about self-protection. If we respect what we may not know about the suffering of others and look at them compassionately, we open the door that can lead to understanding.”
    ― Jennifer Skiff

  • “But compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.”
    ― Cheryl Strayed
  • “We must quit thinking we know everything, and quit placing “knowledge” over kindness and compassion.”
    ― Bryant McGill,
  • “Success follows those who champion a cause greater than themselves.”
    ― George Alexiou
  • “Trouble makes us one with every human being in the world – and unless we touch others, we’re out of touch with life.”
    ― Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • “I’m sick of hearing it. I don’t think it’s right to stand by while innocent people are being tortured. I feel like that’s how most horrible things continue to happen. It’s because other people don’t step in to stop it.”
    ― Kris Noel
  • We must empower our weak to be strong, and teach our strong to be compassionate. This will open a door to oneness.”
    ― Gary Hopkins
  • “It is not the number of prayers that will give you happiness, but the number you answer for another person.”
    ― Shannon L. Alder

We must empower our weak to be strong, and teach our strong to be compassionate. This will open a door to oneness.” ― Gary Hopkins


  • “True compassion sees each person as a brother or sister and acts accordingly.”
    ― Dillon Burroughs
  • “Spread your happiness to others and let them spread theirs to you.”
    ― Steve Maraboli
  • “If someone is facing a difficult time, one of the kindest things you can do for him or her is to say, “I’m just going to love you through this.”
    ― Molly Friedenfeld
  • “Sometimes kindness is stepping aside, letting go of our need to be right & just being happy for someone.”
    ― Sharon Salzberg
  • “The sick person becomes very adept at distinguishing between compassion and pity. Compassion is someone else’s suffering flaring in your own nerves. Pity is a projection of, a lament for, the self. All those people weeping in the mirror of your misery? Their tears are real, but they are not for you.”
    ― Christian Wiman
  • “Always show kindness and love to others. Your words might be filling the empty places in someone’s heart.”
    ― Mandy Hale,
  • “Don’t hate the bullies. Experience tells me that hating them, or being angry with them, will always make it worse. Instead, put your arm around them. Love them. Tell them that they are valuable. Tell them that you expect great things from them. They will stop the bullying. They will stop, because they will start to love themselves. And people who love themselves don’t bully others.”
    ― Dan Pearce

  • “When you can no longer tell the difference between being yourself and being love, you are not far from waking up.”
    ― Eric Micha’el Leventhal
  • “When you shall have learned to know, and to love, you will still suffer. The day is born in tears. The luminous weep, if only over those in darkness.”
    ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
  • “Compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.”
    ― Albert Schweitzer
  • “If you have nothing but compassion, you are still very wealthy; if you have everything but compassion, you are still very poor!”
    ― Mehmet Murat ildan
  • “Life is about getting and sharing. The more you share, the more you get ….and the more you get, the more your sharing responsibility multiplies.”
    ― Israelmore Ayivor


“Spread your happiness to others and let them spread theirs to you.” ― Steve Maraboli


  • “If you want to find money, focus on people. If you want to lose people, focus on money.”
    ― Rob Liano
  • “Compassion: a robust dance between grace and wisdom.”
    ― Soul Dancer
  • “With self-acceptance, we have the ability to choose compassion and forgiveness over anger and self-hatred.”
    ― Michelle Cruz-Rosado
  • “Though your acts of love and compassion cannot penetrate bandages or armour, they are never wasted and never lost. They sit within the recipient’s mind, awaiting his awakening.”
    ― Vironika Tugaleva
  • “Be a gift, a light, a blessing as far as the eye can see to answer a call as well as a genuine, compassionate heart can reach.”
    ― Angelica Hopes

  • “The path of compassion does not obligate you to love people regardless of how they act or who they are. It is a path of seeing the truth of who people are, acknowledging all their parts, their humanness as well as divinity. It is the path of looking at people and asking, “is there anything I can do to heal, assist, or bring them in touch with their higher vision?” If there is not, then you are pulling down your own energy by spending time with them”.”
    ― Sanaya Roman
  • “I loved reading the Dalai Lama’s words: “My religion is loving-kindness.” I realized that meant loving-kindness to everyone in my life: past, present, and future; and that meant loving-kindness to myself–in my pain, in my jealousy, in my fear.”
    ― Elizabeth Kim
  • “When we look into the eyes of others with compassion, our personal biases suddenly begin to fade away. Then, we can see others for what they truly are, Human.”
    ― Rob Pinell
  • “Enlightenment seems paradoxical but all it needs is compassion”
    ― Priyanka Deshmukh
  • Compassion is often mistaken for weakness, when the fact is, there is very little that is more powerful than the courage it takes to give it.”
    ― Kristen Ashley

“Be a gift, a light, a blessing as far as the eye can see to answer a call as well as a genuine, compassionate heart can reach.” ― Angelica Hopes

  • “Art is magic, and art is powerful. Art saves lives- I really believe that. It gives us courage and compassion we might not have on our own.”
    ― Sarah Cross
  • “Contemplating this suffering which is unbearable to us, and is unbearable to others, too, can produce awake mind, which arises from the compassion that wishes to free all living beings from suffering.”
    ― Dalai Lama


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  1. Quotes are always fun to read, each person has their own takeaway lesson. My daughter has a quote collection in her room. She finds one which rings to her life and then prints them and puts them into an album. It was because of her that I developed an interest in reading quotes, now I use some for my vision board which changes every year. 

    1. Author

      that is a great way to use quotes, for sure! I keep mine in all kinds of places, like my journal, on the fridge, next to my bed, and even some in my wallet for inspiration. Thanks for stopping by – blessings! 

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