Pastel Horizon by Dan Sutherland

Compassion: A deep empathy that gives rise to an active desire to alleviate another's suffering.

• Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person…C. Neil Strait

• Greatness lies not in trying to be somebody but in trying to help somebody…Unknown Author

• A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle…Father James Kelly

• To care for anyone else enough to make their problems one's own, is the beginning of one's real ethical development…Felix Adler

• If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion…Dalai Lama

• I came upon a doctor who appeared in quite poor health. I said, There's nothing that I can do for you that you can't do for yourself. He said, Oh yes you can. Just hold my hand. I think that that would help. So I sat with him a while then I asked him how he felt. He said, I think I'm cured…Conor Oberst

• The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another...Thomas Merton

• Not one of God's children can be evil. At worst, he or she is hurt. At worst, he or she attacks others, and blames them for their pain. But, they are not evil. Yes, your compassion must go this deep. There is no human being who does not deserve your forgiveness. There is no human being who does not deserve your love…Paul Ferrini

• Rest assured that, generally speaking, others are acting in exactly the same manner that you would under exactly the same circumstances. Hence, be kind, understanding, empathetic, compassionate, and loving…Gary W. Fenchuk

• 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

• If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete…Jack Kornfield

• The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. 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 a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt…Leo Buscaglia

• A human being is part of a whole, called by us the 'Universe,' a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest--a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty…Albert Einstein

• When we come into contact with another person, our thoughts and actions should express our compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable…Thich Nhat Hanh 

• We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one's own happiness, oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness….Dalai Lama

• True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings…Pema Chödron

• Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment…Arthur Jersild

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