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Compassion is a feeling of deep sympathy accompanied by a strong desire to help.

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  • “Compassion will cure more sins than condemnation.”

    —Henry Ward Beecher Clergyman, Social Reformer

  • “We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.”

    —Charlie Chaplin Comic Actor, Filmmaker, Writer

  • “Fear grows out of the things we think; it lives in our minds. Compassion grows out of the things we are, and lives in our hearts.”

    —Barbara Garrison Author

  • “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

    —Tenzin Gyatso The 14th Dalai Lama (B. 1935)

  • “Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.”

    —Eric Hoffer Philosopher

Value Ideas For Compassion


Start each day this week with a heart-opening practice and reflect upon the day in front of you.


Practice empathy. Think about others and the struggles they may be going through.


Release any feelings of self-blame today. Allow yourself to experience the emotions as you let them go.


Help animals from your local shelter find homes.


Commit an act of kindness.

Stories About Compassion

The Face Of Kindness

Submitted by Heather Neufeld

The Face of Kindness
By Heather Neufeld

He shivered as the wind with an icy bite
scissored its way, through a jacket...

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Saving The Best For Last

Submitted by Debra Huffstickler

Best Dance Ever

Recipient of the “Best Dancer” award in the seventh grade, I wasn’t surprised that all the boys wanted...

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It's Not Just A Pin, It's A Promise

Submitted by Reignette Chilton

When an elderly friend stopped by to “see us” on a Saturday afternoon – just a few weeks after September 11, 2001 –...

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Everyday Hero Stories

Corrie Z

My hero, I would say, would have to be my dad. It may sound a little obvious but he is the one who is truly always there for...

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Steven W

Steve W., Rufus King High School's hero, selflessly devotes time, talent and treasure to better the school and its students....

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Richard O

Richard and his wife (Myra) have been teachers in some way all their lives. They have helped in ways we only wish people...

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Considering that compassion is all about love and kindness to others, I'd say that it is exactly what I feel towards the giorls who work as shop assistants. Very often I put myself in their place and feel as if I was one of them.
Marco Antônio , Brazil

Precisamos ser compassivos, e isso é um valor que vemos ser pouco praticado, mas cada um tem que fazer valer. We need to be compassionate, and this is a value that we see little practiced, but each one has to enforce.
Anderson, Colatina, Es Brasil

This quote has alot of swag.
Swaggeer, Pico Rivera

Compassion is all about Love and Kindness to Others Unconditionally and Selflessness.
Mahesh, India

Compassion puts feet to the feeling.
Bruce Willingham, Warner Robins, Ga

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