Compassion

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No deep and strong feeling, such as we may come across here and there in the world, is unmixed with compassion. The more we love, the more the object of our love seems to be a victim.

Doctor Zhivago
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
Compassion is not religious business, it is human business, it is not luxury, it is essential for our own peace and mental stability, it is essential for human survival.
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

The Art of Happiness
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

The Art of Happiness
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weights so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, with someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.

The Unbearable Lightness of Being
It is by sympathy we enter into the concerns of others, that we are moved as they are moved, and are never suffered to be indifferent spectators of almost anything which men can do or suffer. For sympathy may be considered as a sort of substitution, by which we are put into the place of another man, and affected in many respects as he is affected
Compassion is the basis of all morality
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