Noteworthy Quotations on Love, Compassion and Kindness

These quoted compiled by Dr. Scott Annin
“Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.  It is 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 Buecher

“You may call God love, you may call God goodness.  But the best name for God is compassion.” - Eckhart
I have never met a person whose greatest need was anything other than real, unconditional love. It is our connection to God and to each other. - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

“The opposite of love is not hate; it's indifference.” -Elie Wiesel

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.” -David Viscott

"The quality of love and the duration of a relationship are in direct proportion to the depth of the commitment by both people to making the relationship successful.  Commit yourself wholeheartedly and unconditionally to the most important people in your life.” -Brian Tracy

“Each time anyone comes into contact with us, they must become different and better people because of having met us. We must radiate God’s love. We must know that we have been created for greater things, not just to be a number in the world, not just to go for diplomas and degrees, this work and that work. We have been created in order to love and to be loved. Love does not measure. . . it just gives.” - Mother Teresa

“We're never more vulnerable than when we trust someone---but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy." -Unknown

"Immature love says: `I love you because I need you’.  Mature love says: `I need you because I love you’.” - Erich Fromm

"Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer, and forgiveness." -H. Jackson Brown

"Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk." -Unknown

"He whose inclination prompts him to cultivate your friendship of his own accord will love you more than one whom you have been at pains to attach to you." - Samuel Johnson

"We love others not for who they are, but for how they make us feel." - Irwin Federman

"If there is any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not deter or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." -William Penn

"When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace." -The Dalai Lama

"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

"Patience with others is Love; Patience with self is Hope; Patience with God is Faith." -Adel Bestauras

"Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is eternity." -Unknown

"Don't love life, love the people in your life.  After all, that's what makes your life." -Andrea Stier

"You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's not what you take when you leave this world behind you. It's what you leave behind you when you go." -Excerpt from Randy Travis' "Three Wooden Crosses"

"Love is the only force capable of turning an enemy into a friend." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"I know I'll never dream a dream and watch it turn to gold. I know I'll never lose my life to save another soul. But if I will love, then I will find that I have touched another life, and that's something.....something worth leaving behind." - Excerpt from Lee Ann Womack's country hit "Something Worth Leaving Behind"

"You will find as you look back on your life that the moments when you have truly lived are the moments when you have done things in the spirit of love." - Henry Drummond

"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground." - Stephen R. Covey

"Let God love you through others, and let God love others through you." - D.M. Street

"I hope that my achievements in life shall be these-that I will have fought for what was right and fair, that I will have risked for that which mattered, and that I will have given help to those who were in need that I will have left the earth a better place for what I've done and who I've been." - C. Hoppe

"If you wish to heal your own sadness or anger, seek to heal the sadness or anger of another. Those others are waiting for you now. They are looking to you for guidance, for help, for courage, for strength, for understanding, and for assurance at this hour. Most of all, they are looking to you for love. My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." - The Dalai Lama

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world." - Lucille Ball

"Dance like nobody's watching. Love like it's never going to hurt." - Anne Wells

"No matter where you go or who you become, never forget who helped you get there. There's never a wrong time to pick up a phone or send a message telling your friends how much you miss them or how much you love them." - Unknown

"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Eliot

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by "I was hungry and you gave me to eat"-"I was naked and you clothed me"-"I was homeless and you took me in." Hungry not only for bread, but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing, but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection." - Mother Teresa

"Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way." - Yogi Desai

"The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good." -Ann Landers

"Difficult as it is really to listen to someone in affliction, it is just as difficult for him to know that compassion is listening to him." - Simone Weil

"It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is more painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let that person know how you feel." - Unknown

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." - Helen Keller

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong -- because someday in your life you will have been all of these." - George Washington Carver

"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

"What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us. What we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal." - Anonymous

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world." - Anonymous

"He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"It is better to be hated for what you are than loved for something you are not." - Andre Gide

"The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved." - Victor Hugo

"The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen, nor touched ... but are felt in the heart." - Helen Keller

"To know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is to have succeeded." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tell me what you know of the sufferings of your fellow men and I will tell you how much you love them." -Helmut Thielicke

"We can do no great things; only small things with great love." -Mother Teresa

"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." -Charles Dickens

"When I think of those who have influenced my life the most, I think not of the great but of the good." - John Knox


  1. Wow! These quotes are sooo powerful... had a couple of paradigms shifts whiling reading.

    Thank you for this blessing!

    1. Glad you liked them. I posted them to make a difference.