„Compassion is probably the only antitoxin of the soul. Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.“
— Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1902 - 1983
Context: Compassion is probably the only antitoxin of the soul. Where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless. One would rather see the world run by men who set their hearts on toys but are accessible to pity, than by men animated by lofty ideals whose dedication makes them ruthless. In the chemistry of man's soul, almost all noble attributes — courage, honor, hope, faith, duty, loyalty, etc. — can be transmuted into ruthlessness. Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us. Section 139
— Cecily von Ziegesar, Because I'm Worth It
„Make compassion the cotton, contentment the thread, modesty the knot and truth the twist.
This is the sacred thread of the soul; if you have it, then go ahead and put it on me.“
— Nanak Founder of Sikhism 1469 - 1539
Raag Aasaa 471:5383-4
„Adventure is making the distant approach nearer but romance is having what is where it is which is not where you are stay where it is.“
— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
„understanding the true nature of instinctive decision making requires us to be forgiving of those people trapped in circumstances where good judgment is imperiled.“
— Malcolm Gladwell, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
— Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
„You survive by having your fear compass calibrated correctly. Our compass is off now because we're being told to be afraid of everything.“
— Michael Moore American filmmaker, author, social critic, and liberal activist 1954
Context: You survive by having your fear compass calibrated correctly. Our compass is off now because we're being told to be afraid of everything. The things that we're frightened of, or told to be frightened of, are not necessarily the things that we need to fear. Interview on All Things Considered NPR (November 2002) http://www.npr.org/templates/rundowns/rundown.php?prgId=2
„[About compassion] You can have the ‘golden rule’—do unto others as you would have others do unto you. But then you take it one step farther—where you just do good unto others, period. Just for the sake of it.“
— Jennifer Beals American actress and a former teen model 1963
Interview on WCIU (4 May 2011) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ns735UPlxKM/.
„I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.“
— Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931
„We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror. But the royal terrorists, the terrorists by the grace of God and the law, are in practice brutal, disdainful, and mean, in theory cowardly, secretive, and deceitful, and in both respects disreputable.“
— Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Context: Did you not read our articles about the June revolution, and was not the essence of the June revolution the essence of our paper? Why then your hypocritical phrases, your attempt to find an impossible pretext? We have no compassion and we ask no compassion from you. When our turn comes, we shall not make excuses for the terror. But the royal terrorists, the terrorists by the grace of God and the law, are in practice brutal, disdainful, and mean, in theory cowardly, secretive, and deceitful, and in both respects disreputable. The final issue of Neue Rheinische Zeitung (18 May 1849)'Marx-Engels Gesamt-Ausgabe, Vol. VI, p. 503, Variant translation: We are ruthless and ask no quarter from you. When our turn comes we shall not disguise our terrorism.
„But I think all of us would also agree that there's a very central part of your faith in how you approach public life. And I, frankly, would be really worried if somebody assured me that nothing in their faith would affect their judgments, because then I'd wonder, where's your judgment — how can you have judgment if you have no faith? And how can I trust you with power if you don't pray? Who you pray to, how you pray, how you come close to God is between you and God. But the notion that you're endowed by your creator sets a certain boundary on what we mean by America.“
— Newt Gingrich Professor, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 1943
Republican debate http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2011/10/last-nights-gop-debate-transcript.html 2011-10-18
„If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.“
— Далай-лама XIV spiritual leader of Tibet 1935
As quoted in Meditations for Living In Balance: Daily Solutions for People Who Do Too Much (2000) by Anne Wilson Schaef, p. 11.