63 Compassion Quotes on Showing Empathy and Love

Compassion is a strong sense of grief and sympathy for another person’s suffering.

Compassion is feeling sympathetic pity and concern for the suffering of others. It’s a desire to hope that the one suffering in front of us heals soon.

So why do we need compassion? Because life is hard. Some of us had a tough childhood, some struggle with health problems, loss of a loved one, financial problems and millions of people are homeless. It’s clear that everyone is fighting their own battle.


People talk about grandiose ideas of changing the world. But real change starts with changing the little things around us. We need to remember the values which actually make us human.

So it’s important that wherever we find the opportunity to show compassion, we don’t hesitate. It may mean nothing to us, but it may mean the world to the one who’s suffering.

These compassion quotes will tell you the value of empathy and love.

Compassion Quotes


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


Compassion is about giving all the love that you’ve got. ~ Cheryl Strayed.

Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. ~ Thomas Merton.

Compassion is the basis of morality. ~ Arthur Schopenhauer.

It is compassion, the most gracious of virtues, which moves the world. ~ Unknown.

Compassion comes naturally when you lose your overinflated sense of self-importance. ~ James Pierce.

Compassion is the radicalism of our time. ~ Dalai Lama.

There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness. ~ John Connolly.

Best Compassion Quotes

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


The highest form of knowledge is empathy. ~ Bill Bullard.

When we can free ourselves from the idea of separateness, we have compassion, we have understanding, and we have the energy we need to help. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

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.


Serve and show compassion and the will to help others. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

The soul is composed of love, compassion, wisdom, peace, and joy. Those are all in us. ~ Ram Dass.

Every one of us has the capacity to love, to forgive, to understand, and to be compassionate. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

Famous Compassion Quotes

Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion. ~ Dalai Lama.


Tolerance and compassion are qualities of fearless people. ~ Paulo Coelho.

Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength. ~ Dalai Lama.

Everybody sees things their way. Nobody wants to see things through the eyes of others. ~ Shane Parrish.

Compassion is the ultimate expression of your highest self. ~ Russell Simmons.


Compassion is the highest form of intelligence. ~ Unknown.

Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life. ~ Jackie Chan.

No one has ever become poor by giving. ~ Anne Frank.

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Ultimate Compassion Quotes

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. ~ Pema Chödrön.


Compassion, as love, is something which is not of the mind. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.

We can’t heal the world today but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness. ~ Mary Davis.

The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action. ~ Mother Teresa.

A kind and compassionate act is often its own reward. ~ William John Bennett.

If we human beings help each other, serve each other, with compassion, we’ll be happy. ~ Dalai Lama.


Until you have real compassion, you cannot recognize love. ~ Bob Thurman.

When I understand myself, I understand you, and out of that understanding comes love. ~ Jiddu Krishnamurti.

Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness. ~ Dalai Lama..

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

Inspiring Compassion Quotes

When someone is caught up in the whirlpool of their own mind, you can only feel compassion for them, not anger. ~ Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.


Those who are truly strong can afford to show compassion. ~ Patrik Baboumian.

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves. ~ Pema Chödrön.

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.

Make no judgments where you have no compassion. ~ Anne McCaffrey.

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.

One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble. ~ Gautama Buddha.


Give Compassion: Every day the average person fights epic battles never told just to survive. ~ Ken Poirot.

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle. ~ Plato.

Profound Compassion Quotes

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

Compassion recognizes the suffering of another as a reflection of our own pain. Compassion is shared suffering. ~ Jack Kornfield.

Being good to people is better than preaching a sermon. Being kind and compassionate speaks louder than words. ~ Joel Osteen.


If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. ~ Buddha.

Compassion. It’s not just a word. It’s a way of being. It’s not just a concept. It’s love in action. ~ Jeff Brown.

Being nice counts the most when you are nice to people ignored by others. ~ Nassim Nicholas Taleb.

Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer. ~ Rachael Joy Scott.


Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. ~ Booker T. Washington.

What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal. ~ Albert Pike.

Great Compassion Quotes

Compassion is an action word with no boundaries. ~ Prince.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. ~ Maya Angelou.

Compassion is an unstable emotion. It needs to be translated into action, or it withers. ~ Susan Sontag.


Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. ~ Unknown.

We only have what we give. ~ Isabel Allende.

Make the vow to live every hour of the day deeply, with compassion. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh.

Inspirational Compassion Quotes

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~ Steve Maraboli.


Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering. ~ Dalai Lama.

Compassion arises when you recognize that all are suffering from the same sickness of the mind, some more acutely than others. ~ Eckhart Tolle.

So these were the 63 quotes about Compassion.

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