Sympathy Related Quotes



There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order.

William E. Gladstone


“We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.”

Friedrich Nietzsche


“Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one's soul.”

Martin Luther King Jr.


“Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature it requires, in fact, that nature of a true Individualist to sympathize with a friend's success.”

Oscar Wilde


“[Popular sympathy for snowbirds is often restrained by class envy and the phenomenon of all the out-of-state tags in winter traffic jams. But economists consider them an asset.] Their economic impact is substantial, ... I think that's reflected by the fact that other states are actively attempting to attract them.”

Stan Smith


Grieve and mourn for yourself not once or twice, but again and again.

Morrie Schwartz


“But I don't know how much sympathy there is out there for newspapers when there are companies laying off 10,000 people a pop.”

Howard Kurtz


I belong to a nation which over the past centuries has experienced many hardships and reverses. The world reacted with silence or with mere sympathy when Polish frontiers were crossed by invading armies and the sovereign state had to succumb to brutal force.

Lech Walesa


Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.

Dirk Benedict


I tend to foster drama via bleakness. If I want the reader to feel sympathy for a character, I cleave the character in half, on his birthday. And then it starts raining. And he's made of sugar.

George Saunders