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Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
by Pema Chodron

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

Related topics: Inspirational Life Human-Nature Psychology Buddhist Compassion

At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.
- Pema Chodron

Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

 

Abandon hope.
- Pema Chodron

The only reason we don't open our hearts and minds to other people
is that they trigger confusion in us
that we don't feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with.
To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves,
we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else's eyes.
- Pema Chodron

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

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No man stands so tall as when he stoops to help a child.
- Anonymous (often attributed to Abraham Lincoln)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love is the absence of judgment.
- 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

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

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

Compassion is the basis of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

Compassion is the ultimate value in life.
Service is the ultimate action.
- 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

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

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 to be valued more than law.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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.

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

Whatever you say, say with kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Deal with the faults of others as gently as with your own.
- Chinese proverb

Honor True Self
Forgive with Compassion
Receive ALL of life with Thanksgiving
CHOOSE with Thoughtful Consideration
Dream with Powerful Vision
Act with Bold Courage
Dance with a Light Heart
Relax in the Arms of Spirit
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

No one can find inner peace except by working,
not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family.
- Peace Pilgrim

We receive this food in gratitude to all beings
Who have helped to bring it to our table,
And vow to respond in turn to those in need
With wisdom and compassion.
- Buddhist Blessing

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

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

The vast Cathedral of Your Being
becomes sanctuary for all creation
as you celebrate the universal sacraments
of compassion and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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.
- Keshavan Nair

Be kind whenever possible; and it is always possible.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

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

We must use time wisely and forever realize
that the time is always ripe to do right.
- Nelson Mandela

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

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

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

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
- Anne Frank

I believe that every human mind feels pleasure
in doing good to another.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as
your own unguarded thoughts.
- The Buddha

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

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

It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
- Mother Teresa

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

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

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

When we do the best that we can,
we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.
- Helen Keller

The happiness of one's own heart alone
cannot satisfy the soul;
one must try to include,
as necessary to one's own happiness,
the happiness of others.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

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

Where there is charity and wisdom,
there is neither fear nor ignorance.
- St. Francis of Assisi

We can never be the better for our religion
if our neighbor is the worse for it.
- Anonymous

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

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

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

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous


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