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Compassion is not a popular virtue. ...
by Karen Armstrong

Compassion is not a popular virtue.
- Karen Armstrong

Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism,
Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut,
visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.
- Karen Armstrong

Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed
in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely
to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.
- Karen Armstrong

There are some forms of religion that are bad,
just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex,
you have bad religion too.
- Karen Armstrong

 

It's a great event to get outside and enjoy nature.
I find it very exciting no matter how many times I see bald eagles.
- Karen Armstrong

Mohammed was not an apparent failure.
He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually,
and Islam went from strength to strength to strength.
- Karen Armstrong

The values of Islam are expressed by Muslims clearly.
September 11 changed the world, and put Muslims on the spotlight.
- Karen Armstrong

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Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy.
And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States.
- Karen Armstrong

At the beginning of the twentieth century,
every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west,
and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.
- Karen Armstrong

Islam is a religion of success.
Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image,
in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating,
disgraceful, helpless death.
- Karen Armstrong

After I left the convent, for 15 years I was worn out with religion,
I wanted nothing whatever to do with it.
I felt disgusted with it.
If I saw someone reading a religious book on a train,
I'd think, how awful.
- Karen Armstrong

If we have no peace,
it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other.
- Mother Teresa

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

You may call God love, you may call God goodness.
But the best name for God is compassion.
- Meister Eckhart

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

Love is the absence of judgment.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

The worst sin toward our fellow creatures
is not to hate them,
but to be indifferent to them:
that's the essence of inhumanity.
- George Bernard Shaw

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

A generous heart, kind speech,
and a life of service and compassion
are the things which renew humanity.
- The Buddha

Our compassion and acts of selflessness
take us to the deeper truths.
- Amma

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men
who walked through the huts comforting others,
giving away their last piece of bread...
They offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing:
to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances,
to choose one's own way.
- Viktor E. Frankl

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the ultimate value in life.
Service is the ultimate action.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

Great people are those who make others feel
that they, too, can become great.
- Mark Twain

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

We may have found a cure for most evils;
but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all,
the apathy of human beings.
- Helen Keller

The more we care for the happiness of others,
the greater is our own sense of well-being.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.
- Joseph Joubert

Nurturing is not complex.
It's simply being tuned in to the thing or person before you
and offering small gestures toward what it needs at that time.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

When will our consciences grow so tender
that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it?
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,
but their echoes are truly endless.
- Mother Teresa

Be gentle first with yourself.
- Lama Yeshe

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis,
but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
- Mother Teresa

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

If in our daily life we can smile,
if we can be peaceful and happy,
not only we, but everyone will profit from it.
This is the most basic kind of peace work.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Wherever a man turns he can find someone who needs him.
- Albert Schweitzer

The brightest stars are those who
shine for the benefit of others.
- Anonymous

If you wish to experience peace,
provide peace for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor.
Do you know your next door neighbor?
- Mother Teresa

To know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

We can live without religion and meditation,
but we cannot survive without human affection.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves
and our own self-preservation,
we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.
- Joseph Campbell

What do we live for, if it is not
to make life less difficult for each other?
- George Eliot

You can give without loving,
but you can never love without giving.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others.
And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

When I am getting ready to reason with a man,
I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself
and what I am going to say
and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.
- Abraham Lincoln

Once you know yourself as a genuine seeker,
and when your own inner chamber is quite enlightened,
then comes the natural unfoldment of pure love and compassion
and a genuine desire to serve others.
- Rod Stryker

Be gentle first with yourself -
if you wish to be gentle with others.
- Lama Yeshe

We cause ourselves untold misery whenever we believe
others to be imperfect and try to change them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The purpose of human life is to serve,
and to show compassion and the will to help others.
- Albert Schweitzer

The smallest act of kindness
is worth more than the grandest intention.
- Oscar Wilde

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

Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem,
but you sow the seeds for another.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama


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