Being compassionate is about being kind towards yourself and others. Compassion can ignite your soul and make you feel good and happy. It can help you heal yourself and others you encounter.
Often when I read the news, there is always So much that disturbs me. Makes me feel like how can humanity have come to this?..While the news can be dismal at times, there are also many stories of bravery, kindness and compassion that come forth. These are the stories that give us hope for a better world, a better future. And, if we in our little worlds can practice that compassion too, wouldn’t that make for a much better story… For us and the for the person you extend your compassion to.
In that spirit of compassion here are some of my favorite quotes from renowned personalities that will ignite the compassion from your soul to help you and everyone around you heal.
27 Soulful Quotes to Ignite Compassion from Within
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” ~ Plato
“The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.” ~ Shakti Gawain
“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ~ Tahereh Mafi
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ~Maya Angelou
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. 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.” ~ Albert Einstein
“I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights.” ~ Ellen DeGeneres
“Compassion is the basis of morality.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” ~ Anne Frank
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa
“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ~ Dalai Lama
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~ John Holmes
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” ~ Leo Buscaglia
“Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future.” ~ Nelson Mandela
“I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These three are your greatest treasures.” ~ Lao Tzu
“We are each made for goodness, love and compassion. Our lives are transformed as much as the world is when we live with these truths.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.” ~ Daniel Goleman
“It is easy enough to be friendly to one’s friends. But to befriend the one who regards himself as your enemy is the quintessence of true religion. The other is mere business.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering. … The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life. … Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one. ” ~ Goldie Hawn
“The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.” ~ Arthur Schopenhauer
“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Steve Maraboli
“God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.” ~ Desmond Tutu
“When we’re looking for compassion, we need someone who is deeply rooted, is able to bend and, most of all, embraces us for our strengths and struggles.” ~ Brene Brown
“And as I’ve gotten older, I’ve had more of a tendency to look for people who live by kindness, tolerance, compassion, a gentler way of looking at things.” ~ Martin Scorsese
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” ~ Virginia Satir
“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. ” ~ Maya Angelou
Do you have any favorite quotes that ignite compassion? Please share them in the comments of this post. Wisdom shared is wisdom gained.
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18 thoughts on “27 Soulful Quotes to Ignite Compassion from Within”
We can certainly use more of this. Maybe it should be required reading every morning! Thanks so much for sharing it with u s.
I agree Barb! We all need a pick me up every morning for sure 🙂 Thank you for your loving comment here. xoxo, Z~
I enjoy all especially “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” ~Maya Angelou
Hi Leila, That is one of my favorites too! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts here. xoxo, Z~
Thank you for these timely quotes.
You are SO welcome dear one ❤ xoxo, Z~
Well Zeenat once again you’ve done it! You managed to write words that soothe my soul and helped me find compassion for myself. I’m going to print out the Lotus flower words to remind myself that the mud is part of life for all of us. I hope to one day blossom into that wise soul. Hugs you are an angel to me.
You are such a darling Yamilets! ❤ Thank you for sharing your beautiful energy here. And I'm glad this collection of quotes have ignited compassion in you. xoxo, Z~
Thank you for this collection, Zeenat. There are so many good ones that I can’t pick a favorite. 🙂
I know what you mean Debbie 🙂 So hard to have a favorite….I often end up calling all of them my favorites 😉 ❤
Lovely quotes, Zeenat. Compassion is so essential to overall wellbeing.
Glad you enjoyed them Cathy! ❤
I love all of these, Zeenat. Thanks for my daily dose of inspiration, one that can last for 27 days and longer.
Well you are always welcome dear Sandra ❤ 🙂
You know I’m such a quoteaholic Zeenat…and you dear one have given me some powerfully inspiring quotes to see me through 2017. So awesome. 🙂
Oh Elle, I DO know what a quoteaholic you are…I am right there with you 🙂 Glad you enjoyed these ❤
Every quote is a gem! Yes, I am a quote-junkie and love it!
You and me both Vidya! In between the two of us…the list of favorite quotes might never ever end 😉 ❤
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