25 Sympathy Quotes Will Make you Feel More Compassionate

In times of trials and tribulations, people reach out to each other and help. Sympathy and compassion make up the fabric of humanity – without it, we’re little better than machines.Love and compassion for one another – these are the driving forces that help bring the world closer together, especially in times of need. As humans, each and every one of us should learn how to show sympathy and compassion for those who surround us, and indeed, we should also learn how to accept the sympathy that others show us.

Today, we’re celebrating the uniquely human ability to sympathize. We’ve collected a number of quotes about sympathy – we hope that this list of sympathy quotes will help make you feel more compassion towards your fellow man.

We’ve included a number of sympathy quotes from a variety of sources, including well known historical figures, intellectuals, and celebrities.

We hope the following quotes about sympathy will inspire you to be just a little bit kinder towards those who surround you.

25 Sympathy Quotes to Help Spark Compassion

Sympathy Quotes 1

The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words.


No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.

Emma Goldman

Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.

Nellie Bly

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can’t be learnt in lecture halls.

Lionel Blue

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.

Irving Babbitt

Sympathy Quotes 2

A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.


Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Kindliness and sympathy, fellowship and understanding, are always good, but best when they come from a distant corner of the world.

Archibald Hill

Sympathy Quotes 3

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.

Robert Browning

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

Albert Schweitzer

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.

Richard M. Nixon


What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Sympathy Quotes 4

The dew of compassion is a tear.

Lord Byron

I was brought up to be sympathetic toward others.

Joyce Carol Oates

The only cure for grief is action.

George Henry Lewes

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one.

Jerome K. Jerome

Sympathy Quotes 5

I believe that we must reach our brother, never toning down our fundamental oppositions, but meeting him when he asks to be met, with a reason for the faith that is in us, as well as with a loving sympathy for them as brothers.

Dorothy Day

As Christians, our compassion is simply a response to the love that God has already shown us.

Steven Curtis Chapman

To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.

Queen Elizabeth II