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Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.

Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) American educator.

No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

There is nothing sweeter than to be sympathized with.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.


The capacity to give one's attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have this capacity do not possess it. Warmth of heart, impulsiveness, pity are not enough.

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

Walt Whitman (1819-1892) American poet.

Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathize with the color, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life's sores the better.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

Henri Frédéric Amiel (1821-1881) Swiss writer.