Words on Compassion

A subject close to my heart is compassion. Personally, I try to follow a Buddhist path and although I stumble and fall relatively frequently, one aspect that shines bright is my compassion. I have honed that facet of myself to be emitted in everything I do. Again, sometimes my anger – or bipolar episodes – can get the best of me, but I try very hard not to let them shake me. I’d like to share with you some views I found on compassion in the form of quotes.

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

“Give Compassion: Every day the average person fights epic battles never told just to survive.”
– Ken Poirot
“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.”
– Bill Bullard
“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
“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.
– Jackie Chan
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
– Plato
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
– Princess Diana
“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
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
– Aesop

The list goes on and on. I got most of these from a wonderful website called The Gratitude Blog, and I want to thank them for the beautiful images. However, it didn’t touch much on a very precious topic: compassion towards animals. I am a huge follower and believer in judging someone’s character by how they treat animals, to paraphrase Albert Schweitzer. They are the voiceless. They are the innocent. They must be protected. They need love and someone to watch over them, just like every other living being.

And my current favorite (and work desktop – because I, too, need to hear it):

Yes. Yes, you are, my lovely.


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