175 Quotes About Compassion (The Ultimate List)

Quotes About Compassion and Kindness

quotes about compassion

There is something about compassion. That when you give it and feel it, pain simply is transcended. You go from a place of self-centeredness. Which most of us are in almost all day. I mean we can’t help it. That is how humans are. We are the most important person in our world.  But when we give compassion, there is a shift in our consciousness. We feel a joy so powerful that we are impacted in a way that lasts a very long time. And that is why I created this list of quotes about compassion. To remind us of this fact.

We are actually happiest when we are giving compassion to others.

I myself used to feel as if it was weak act. An act in which you looked weak. And were weak if you showed it. That you weren’t tough.

But I found out that this was a lie that I was living. That giving compassion and having compassion is the strongest thing you can do in this life.

You are literally feeling someones pain. And connecting with them at such a deep level that you two or you with the group, are connected and a have a feeling of oneness.

And all problems truly disappear when you are showing an feeling compassion.

Because you are getting outside yourself. And bestowing upon people something that everyone all longs to receive.

And just like anything in life, what you give out must come back to you. This is the truth about compassion as well. You feel just as much of the feeling you are giving to someone else, if not way more.

A beautiful win-win scenario.

Below are 175 different perspectives on what compassion is through a myriad of quotes about compassion. That can help you find the real meaning of compassion. And remind us all to give compassion as much as we can. Because it can truly change the world.


Quotes On Compassion

  1. “If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Buddha

  2. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you wan’t to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

  3. “Simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” – Laozi

  4. “Compassion is a verb.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

  5. “The Lord will give you, if you ask, the feelings of the compassion he feels for those in need.” – Henry B. Eyring

  6. “Compassion is not weakness, and concern for the unfortunate is not socialism.” – Hubert H. Humphrey

  7. “Compassion is the chief law of human existence.” – Fyodor Dostoyovsky

  8. “More smiling, less worrying,

  9. “Until he extends the circle, of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.” – Albert Schweitzer

  10. “Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed

  11. “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” – Mother Theresa

  12. “The fruit of love is service, which is compassion in action.” – Mother Theresa

  13. “Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving kindness.” – Dalai Lama

  14. “A religion without love and compassion is false.” – Stephen King

  15. “That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world, our feelings of lonliness and estrangement. These are narrow, constrictive states of mind. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.” – Sharon Salzberg

  16. “Let our hearts, and hands be stretched out in compassion toward others. For everyone is walking their own difficult path.”  Dieter F Uthtdorf

  17. “A compassionate heart tries to consolidate, while a contentious heart creates conspiracy/” – Kaushikid

  18. “Every single time you help somebody stand up you are helping humanity rise.” – Steve Maraboli

  19. “It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend, what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to health all broken hearts.” – Steve Maraboli

  20. “With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate, and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity.” – Mark Twain

  21. “One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion.” – Simone de Beauvoir 

  22. “Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder

  23. “There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.” – Amit Ray

  24. “Compassion is the basis of morality.” – Aruthur Schopenhauer

  25. “Compassion knows that choosing the higher road in any situation is the most loving option to you.” – Debbie Ford

  26. “Our task must be to free ourselves, by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and it’s beauty.” – Albert Einstein

  27. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

  28. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

  29. “Compassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.” – Dalai Lama

  30. “The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion, and the will to help others.” – Albert Schweitzer

  31. “The weapons of a true light warrior are compassion and patience to wait for others. To learn what he learned.” – Ivan Figueroa

  32. “I think compassion is an important quality in people in general.” – Shannon Elizabeth

  33. “Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.” Confucius

  34. “How beautiful would it be if we could just see souls instead of bodies? To see love and compassion instead of curves.” –

  35. “More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.” – Dalai Lama

  36. “These things will destroy the human race, politics without principle, progress without compassion, wealth without work, learning without silence, religion without fearlessness, and worship without awareness.” – Anthony de Mello

  37. “All I have ever wanted ways to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

  38. “Sometimes people will hear you better if you speak with a voice of compassion instead of authority. They long to be understood more than be lectured.” – Dodinsky

  39. “It is sometimes difficult to view compassion and loving kindness as the strengths they are.” – Sharon Salzberg

  40. “Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.” – Dalai Lama

  41. “Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato

  42. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes

  43. “Compassion is so pure, I don’t think there is any way to taint it.” – Chade-Meng Tan

  44. “One heart, one love, one destiny.” – Bob Marley

  45. “Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” –  Unknown

  46. “Until you have real compassion, you can not recognized love.” – Bob Thurman

  47. “What the world needs now is more compassion and less judgement, more ‘I understand’ and less ‘shame on you’. Then the healing of humanity will be more common than suffering.” – Lisa Prosen

  48. “Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.” – Yasmin Mogahed

  49. “Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.” – Ellen DeGeneres 

  50. “Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassion, be prepared for action.” – Desmond Tutu

  51. “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.” – Paul Tsongas 

  52. “Compassion is like mother giving love to her children. Mother’s ways are higher than others, even when everyone rejects, mother accepts with her arms open and wide.” – Amit Ray

  53. “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.” – Chogyam Trungpa

  54. “Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” – Dalai Lama

  55. “In my view, the best of humanity in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It’s when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yourself that it’s almost incomprehensible.” – Sarah McBride

  56. “The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.” – Maya Angelou

  57. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

  58. “You cannot do kindness too soon for you never know how soon it will be too late.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  59. “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” – Dalai Lama

  60. “Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves.When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.” – Wes Angelozzi

  61. “Honesty is the quality I value in a friend, not bluntness but honesty with compassion.” – Brooke Shields

  62. “Our present circumstances may not change, but through God’s compassion, kindness and love, we will all receive more than we deserve.” – Dale G. Renlund

  63. “A part of kindness is loving people more than they deserve.” – Joseph Joubert

  64. “Kindness is a language the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

  65. “Compassion is at the heart of every little thing we do. It is the dearest quality we possess. Yet all too often it can be cast aside with consequences too tragic to speak of. To lose our compassion. We lose what it is to be human.” – Unknown

  66. “Appreciating all of life’s trials and tribulations and learning to become a truer, stronger and more compassionate person, is to me, true beauty.” – Unknown

  67. “All religions try to benefit people, with the same basic message of the need for love and compassion, for justice and honesty, for contentment.” – Dalai Lama

  68. “As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgement and curiousity over fear.” – Tracee Ellis Ross

  69. “For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities – warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful – happier.” – Dalai Lama

  70. “Cruel people offer pity when they no longer feel threatened. However, kind people offer compassion and understanding regardless.” – Shannon L. Alder

  71. “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – Francis of Assisi

  72. “Smile at strangers and you might change a life.” – Steve Maraboli

  73. “There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

  74. “Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love, light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.” – Amit Ray

  75. “This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our own temple. The philosophy is kindness.’ – Dalai Lama

  76. “People need to have compassion for others.” – Frank Bruno

  77. “have compassion and empathy in your heart. Many people are suffering deep emotional anguish beneath the surface of their lives, and smile even as they hurt inside.” – Jim Palmer

  78. “For me, I am driven my two main philosophies, know more today about the world than I knew yesterday, and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.” – Neil deGrasseTyson

  79. “I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help tehm reveal the greatest version of themselves.” – Dr. Steve Maraboli

  80. “Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” – Prince

  81. “Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth,and your heart for love.” – Unknown

  82. “Kindness trumps greed, it asks for sharing. Kindness trumps fear, it calls forth gratefulness and love. Kindness trumps even stupidity, for with sharing and love, one learns.” – Mare Estrin

  83. “The greatest gift anyone can give is love. The most unselfish act to share is forgiveness. The strongest kind of compassion is kindness.” – Rubyanne

  84. “Kindness is words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness is giving creates love.” – Unknown

  85. “It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.” – Dalai Lama

  86. “It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. IF we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.” – Unknown

  87. “Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.” – Pema Chodron

  88. “Almighty God, we pray for compassion and humility in our hearts. Let us be kind, gentle, generous, loving, giving and forgiving wherever we may go. Allow pride to never get the best of us as you fulfill our dreams. Help us not to have a boastful tongue against our brothers. Let humility invade our souls.” – Unknown

  89. “Everything you need, your courage, strength, compassion and love, everything you need is already within you.” – Unknown

  90. “Love and compassion are the mother and father of a smile. We need to create more smiles in our world today. Smiles, after all, pave the way to a happy world.” – Steve Maraboli

  91. “No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” – Brene Brown

  92. “All the peace and happiness of the whole glob, the peace and happiness of societies, the peace of happiness of family, the peace of happiness in the individual persons life, and the peace and happiness of even the animals and so forth, all depends on having loving kindness toward each other.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

  93. “Love is born through the giving of kindness.” – Inderjeet Singh Rajpal

  94. “Kindness is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things.” – Thomas Merton

  95. “Compassion, not passion keeps marriages together.” – Betty Wright

  96. “Someday, beyond the clouds and all the world’s wrongs, there will be love, compassion and justice, and we shall understand.” – Flavia Weedn

  97. “If we could look into each others heart, and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance and care.” – Marvin J. Ashton

  98. “Don’t wait for people to be kind, show them how.” – Unknown

  99. “For me music is a vehicle to bring our pain to the surface, getting it back to that humble and tender spot where, with luck, it can lose it anger and become compassion again.” – Paula Cole

  100. “It is foolish to try to shape the world. Shape yourself as the embodiment of peace. Love and reverence. Then you will see all as love, compassion and humility.” – Atharva Veda

  101. “Compassion is all about giving all the love that you’ve got.” – Cheryl Strayed

  102. “Where there is no human connection, there is no compassion. Without compassion, then community, commitment, loving kindness, human understanding and peace all shrivel. Individuals become isolated, the isolated turn cruel, and the tragic hovers in the forms of domestic and civil violence. Art and literature are antidotes to that.” – Susan Vreeland

  103. “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” – St. Francis

  104. “Rage whether in reaction to social injustice, or to our leaders insanity, or to those who threaten or harm us, is a powerful energy that will diligent practice, can be transformed into fierce compassion.” – Bonnie Myotai Treace

  105. “Compassion is a two way street.” – Frank Capra

  106. “Kindness is a passport that opens doors an fashions friends. It softens hearts and molds relationships that can last lifetimes.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin

  107. “Be kind whenever possible. It’s always possible.” – Dalai Lama

  108. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

  109. “Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally and you too.” – Fredrick Buechner

  110. “Human is to have compassion on the unhappy.” – Giovanni Boccaccio

  111. “Walk with me for a while, my friend. You in my shoes, I in yours and then let us talk.” – Richelle E. Goodrich

  112. “Those who will make compassion an essential part of their lives findthe joy of life. Kindness deepens the spirit and produces rewards that cannot be completely explained in words. It is an experience more powerful than words to become acquainted with kindness. One must be prepared to learn many things and feel new feelings. Kindness is more than a philosophy of the mind it is the philosophy of the spirit.” – Robert J. Furey

  113. “Be compassionate. Be loving. Be kind. Be merciful. This is what the world needs more of, and therefore the world needs more of you.” – Unknown

  114. “Hugs we’re invented to let people know you love them without having to say anything.” – Unknown

  115. “Compassion is not just feeling with someone, but seeking to change the situation. Frequently people think compassion and love and merely sentimental. NoQ THey are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.” – Desmond Tutu

  116. “Some people think only intellect counts knowing how to solve probelms knowing how to get by, knowing how to indentify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion and empathy.” – Dean Koontz

  117. “The ugliest thing that I have ever seen, is a human being without compassion.”- H. Milne P.

  118. “Give but give until it hurts.” – Mother Theresa

  119. “The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.” – John Green

  120. “Compassion is more important than intellect in calling forth the love that the work of peace needs, and intuition can often be a far more powerful searchlight than cold reason.” – Betty Williams

  121. “It is lack of love for ourselves that inhibits our compassion toward others. If we make friends with ourselves, then there is no obstacle to opening our hearts and minds to others.” – Unknown

  122. “Let me hold the door for you. I may have never walked a mile in your shoes, but I can see that your soles are worn and your strength is torn under the weight of a story I have never lived before. So let me hold the door for you, after all you’ve walked through, it’s the least I can do.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

  123. “Compassionate circumstances may not change, but through God’s compassion, kindness, and love, we will all receive more than we deserve.” – Dale G. Renlund

  124. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

  125. “The most powerful force in the world that can change the lives of millions of people is compassion.” – Steven Aitchison

  126. “True compassion means not only feelings another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” – Daniel Goleman

  127. “A simple act of caring creates an endless ripple that comes back to you.” – Unknown

  128. “Compassion is no substitute for justice.” – Shannon Elizabeth

  129. “You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” – John Bunyan

  130. “You could see it. In her glittering eyes,on her tear streamed cheeks. The things she could never, would never speak of. So she turned her pain and anguish into overflowing compassion for others.” – Chrissie Pinney

  131. “When we sign up for compassion, we’re going to have homework.” – Unknown

  132. “When you feel the suffering of every living in our own heart, that is consciousness.” – Bhagavad

  133. “Kindness is a wonderful way to let another struggling soul know that there is still love in this world.” – Unknown

  134. “I expect to pass through this world but once, any good thing therefore Ican do or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now, let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again.” – Stephen Grellet

  135. “If we transform our ordinary mind into love and compassion, we will naturally act in a positive way.” – Gershe Kelsan Gyatso

  136. “Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him.” – Simone Weil

  137. “The idea of compassion comes to us because we’re made in the image of God, who is ultimately the compassionate one.” – Jackie Tabick

  138. “For 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

  139. “When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.” – Criss Jami

  140. “When you’re too religious, you tend to point your finger to judge instead of extending your had to help.” – Steve Maraboli

  141. “Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave to save another struggling soul like you.” – Shannon L. Alder

  142. “The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges though affection, attention, interest and compassion. Open your eyes wide and actually see this world attending to its colors, details and irony.” – Orhan Pamuk

  143. “Compassion is the signature of Higher Consciousness. Non-violence is the tool to evolve into Higher Consciousness.” – Amit Ray

  144. “Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely and broken. But this is not our spontaneous response to suffering. What we desire most is to do away with suffering by fleeing from it or finding a quick cure for it.” – Henri J.M. Nouwen

  145. “We do not need guns and bombs to bring peace, we need love and compassion.” – Mother Teresa

  146. “Be kind to people whether they deserve your kindness or not. If your kindness reaches the deserving good for you if your kindness reaches the undeserving, take your joy in your compassion.” – James Fadiman

  147. “We have to make mistakes, it’s how we learn compassion for others.” – Curtis Sittenfeld

  148. “Meditation is the process of transformation and beautification of soul from a leaf-eating caterpillar to a nectar-sipping butterfly. It grows with the wings of love and compassion.” – Amit Ray

  149. “That is who my mom is. She’s a listener and a doer. She’s a woman driven by compassion, by faith, by a fierce sense of justice and a heart full of love.” – Chelsea Clinton

  150. “Our uniqueness, our individuality and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resource of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.” – Linda Thompson 

Self Compassion Quotes

  1. “Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” – Christopher Germer

  2. “Our sorrows and wounds are only healed when we touch them with compassion.” – Buddha

  3. “Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self compassion asks what’s good for you.” – Kristin Neff

  4. “Self-compassion is nurturing yourself with all the kindness and love you would show on someone you cherish.” – Debra. L. Reble

  5. “So why is self-compassion a more effective motivation than self-criticism? Because it’s driving force is love, not fear.” – Kristin Neff

  6. “Don’t wait for someone to validate your existence. It is your own responsibility.” – Jasz Gill

  7. “Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike, each has their suffering. Some suffer too much, others too little.” – Buddha

  8. “Feeling compassion for ourselves not way releases us from responsibilityfor our actions, rather, it releases us from the self-hatred that prevents us from responding to our life with clarity and balance.” – Tara Branch

  9. “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Joseph Campbell

  10. “Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves.” – Pema Chodron

  11. “Having compassion for yourself means that you honor and accept your humanness.” – Kristen Neff

  12. “Imagine that you were someone you loved with all your heart.”- Unknown

  13. “I surround myself with people I love and care about, but I also nurture my relationship with myself.” – Unknown

  14. “Loving yourselves work miracles in our lives.” – Louise L. Hay

  15. “Loving yourself isn’t vanity, it is sanity.” – Katrina Mayer

  16. “You’re already stuck with yourself for a lifetime. Why not improve this relationship.” – Vironika Tugaleva

  17. “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness can we all be present with the darkness of others. Compassion become real when we recongnize our shared humanity.” – Pema Chodron

  18. “Self-compassion doesn’t mean that I think my problems are more important than yours, it just means I think that my problems are also important and worthy.” – Dr. Kristin Neff

  19. “It’s not selfish to love yourself, and to make your happiness a priority. It’s necessary.” – Mandy Hale

  20. “A moment of compassion can change your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.” – Christopher K. Germer

  21. “Sometimes we forget we change our needs of acceptance, kindness and forgiveness met from within.” – Unknown

  22. “When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristin Neff

  23. “When you have learned compassion for yourself, compassion for others is automatic.” – Henepola Gunaratana

Kindness and Compassion Quotes

  1. “Whether one believes in a religion or not, and whether one believes in rebirth or not, there isn’t anyone who doesn’t appreciate kindness and compassion.” – Dalai Lama

  2. “No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” – Kevin HealthC

Conclusion To Compassion Quotes

So there we are my friends. A list of quotes about compassion.

I really hope you found some awesome quotes that you may have been looking for. To help you find more meaning in this life. And to resonate with the power of compassion. That it will provoke you to bestow it on the world. Wherever life takes you.

Now I want to hear from you!

What is your favorite quote out of the list? And what does the world compassion really mean to you?

What was the time where someone showed you compassion when you REALLY needed it. A moment you will never forget?

I would love to hear your experience!

I hope this is reaching you well friend.

Talk soon.



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  1. I really hope you found some awesome quotes that you may have been looking for. To help you find more meaning in this life. And to resonate with the power of compassion. That it will provoke you to bestow it on the world. Wherever life takes you.

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