A collection of inspiring compassion quotes to inspire you to uplift others and share kindness everywhere you go! 

Compassion makes our lives worth living. By learning to be compassionate to yourself and everyone around you, you are allowing yourself to grow and become the best version of yourself and live a more meaningful and fulfilled life.


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

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

— Albert Schweitzer

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

— Maya Angelou

Thought provoking compassion quotes

Our uniqueness, our individuality, and our life experience molds us into fascinating beings. I hope we can embrace that. I pray we may all challenge ourselves to delve into the deepest resources of our hearts to cultivate an atmosphere of understanding, acceptance, tolerance, and compassion. We are all in this life together.

— Linda Thompson

We are all different. Don’t judge, understand instead.

— Roy T. Bennett

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

— Dalai Lama

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.

— Plato

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized more qualities of men.

— Confucius

In my view, the best of humanity is in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It’s when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yours that it’s almost incomprehensible.

— Sarah McBride

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

— Dalai Lama XIV

True compassion means not only feeling another’s pain but also being moved to help relieve it.

— Daniel Goleman

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

— Mother Teresa

Pets have more love and compassion in them than most humans.

— Robert Wagner

Compassion is the basis of morality.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart.

— Daisaku Ikeda

For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.

— Neil deGrasse Tyson

Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity.

— Mother Angelica

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

— John Holmes

As I get older, the more I stay focused on the acceptance of myself and others, and choose compassion over judgment and curiosity over fear.

— Tracee Ellis Ross

I find the best way to love someone is not to change them, but instead, help them reveal the greatest version of themselves.

— Steve Maraboli

The only way out of the labyrinth of suffering is to forgive.

— John Green

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

More smiling, less worrying. More compassion, less judgment. More blessed, less stressed. More love, less hate.

— Roy T. Bennett

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

No one has ever become poor by giving.

— Anne Frank

More compassion quotes and sayings

Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.

— Mason Cooley

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

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,

— Amit Ray



Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.

— Amish Proverb

You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.

— John Bunyan

When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.

— Kristin Neff

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

— Steve Maraboli

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 Chödrön

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

— Jack Kornfield

Until you have real compassion, you can not recognize love.

— Bob Thurman

A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.

— Dalai Lama XIV

I would rather make mistakes in kindness and compassion than work miracles in unkindness and hardness.

— Mother Teresa

The whole idea of compassion is based on keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. 

— Thomas Merton

Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.

— Dieter F. Uchtdorf

I don’t want to live in the kind of world where we don’t look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit.

— charles de lint

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

— Joseph Fort Newton

The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

— Mahatma Gandhi

There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.

— John Connolly

Inspirational compassion quotes

True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them.

— Louis C.K.

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.

— Anonymous

If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.

— Lao-Tzu

That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.

— Simone de Beauvoir

In compassion, when we feel with the other, we dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and we put another person there.

— Karen Armstrong

It’s funny how, in this journey of life, even though we may begin at different times and places, our paths cross with others so that we may share our love, compassion, observations, and hope. This is a design of God that I appreciate and cherish.

— Steve Maraboli

One man practicing kindness in the wilderness is worth all the temples this world pulls.

— Jack Kerouac

That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.

— Sharon Salzberg

Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.

— Mother Teresa

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.

— Dean Koontz

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

— Helen Keller

Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.

— Dalai Lama XIV


Smile at strangers and you just might change a life.

— Steve Maraboli

No matter who we are, no matter how successful, no matter what our situation, compassion is something we all need to receive and give. 

— Catherine Pulsifer

Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep your heart open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in your life’s search for love and wisdom.

— Rumi

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It’s the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.

— Frederick Buechner

Beautify your inner dialogue. Beautify your inner world with love light and compassion. Life will be beautiful.

— Amit Ray

Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.

— Jack Kornfield

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature and it’s beauty. 

— Albert Einstein

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

Compassion quotes and quotes about compassion

Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.

— Rick Bragg

Human it is to have compassion on the unhappy.

— Giovanni Boccaccio

Give your weakness to one who helps.

— Rumi

I will be generous with my love today. I will sprinkle compliments and uplifting words everywhere I go. I will do this knowing that my words are like seeds and when they fall on fertile soil, a reflection of those seeds will grow into something greater.

— Steve Maraboli

Compassion for others begins with kindness to ourselves.

— Pema Chodron

Beauty is not who you are on the outside, it is the wisdom and time you gave away to save another struggling soul like you.

— Shannon L. Alder

There are many goals but one path – the path of compassion.

— Amit Ray

We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.

— Joan Halifax

We all are so deeply interconnected; we have no option but to love all. Be kind and do good for any one and that will be reflected. The ripples of the kind heart are the highest blessings of the Universe.

— Amit Ray

One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.

— Shannon L. Alder

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

— John Holmes

Compassion is the chief law of human existence.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Compassion is the key to living outside the confines of your lower self.

— Debbie Ford

Every single time you help somebody stand up you are helping humanity rise.

— Steve Maraboli

The greatness of a man is measured by the way he treats the little man. Compassion for the weak is a sign of greatness.

— Myles Munroe

The beauty and mystery of this world only emerges through affection, attention, interest and compassion . . . open your eyes wide and actually see this world by attending to its colors, details and irony.

— Orhan Pamuk

Compassion is to look beyond your own pain, to see the pain of others.

— Yasmin Mogahed

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

Lao Tzu

Compassion is so pure, I don’t think there is any way to taint it.

— Chade-Meng Tan

Compassion is all about giving all the love you’ve got.

— Cheryl Strayed

It is only with true love and compassion that we can begin to mend what is broken in the world. It is these two blessed things that can begin to heal all broken hearts.

— Steve Maraboli

Before you call yourself a Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu or any other theology, learn to be human first.

— Shannon L. Alder

Which of these compassion quotes inspired you the most? 






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