Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.
Milan Kundera (1929-?) Czech writer.
Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.
Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965) German theologian, philosopher, and physician.
Mercy but murders, pardoning those that kill.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.
In democratic ages men rarely sacrifice themselves for another, but they show a general compassion for all the human race. One never sees them inflict pointless suffering, and they are glad to relieve the sorrows of others when they can do so without much trouble to themselves. They are not disinterested, but they are gentle.
Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1889) French social philosopher.
He who feels no compassion will become insane.
The wretched have no compassion, they can do good only from strong principles of duty.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
Lord Byron (1788-1824) British poet.
Man may dismiss compassion from his heart, but God never will.
William Cowper (1731-1800) British poet.
We hand folks over to God's mercy, and show none ourselves.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.