Best Sympathy Quotes

He watched and wept and prayed and felt for all.  -Oliver Goldsmith

Do not be afraid of showing your affection. Be warm and tender, thoughtful and affectionate. Men are more helped by sympathy, than by service; love is more than money, and a kind word will give more pleasure than a present. -John Lubbock 

I have nothing but sympathy for the people who are forced to work with me. I’m better now at picking out those that want to play that game with me, and those that don’t. -Alton Brown

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism. -Henri Frederic Amiel

I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life’s wisdom. -Wislawa Szymborska

One man pins me to the wall, while with another I walk among the stars. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. -Marcus Tullius Cicero 

More negatives write than call. It’s a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic. -John Hall

The greatest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude. -Thornton Wilder

Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink. -W. H. Davies

The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack. -Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. -Albert Einstein

They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies. -William Penn

While we are mourning the loss of our friend, others are rejoicing to meet him behind the veil. -John Taylor

Only when the sense of the pain of others begins does man begin. -Yevgeny Yevtushenko

All powerful souls have kindred with each other. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well used brings happy death. -Leonardo Davinci

And with the morn those angel faces smile, which I have loved long since and lost awhile. -John Henry Newman

Sympathy does not think. It acts. It acts to remove. The ceaseless sufferings. Of the world. -Sri Chinmoy

My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else. -Brownie McGhee

To be in one’s own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness. -Confucius

Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior. -Henry Ossawa Tanner

It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least. -F. H. Bradley

There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained. -Pierre Corneille

As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might. -Marian Anderson 

Sympathy is something that shouldn’t be bestowed upon the Yankees. Apparently it angers them. -Bob Feller

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

Sympathy is a virtue unknown in nature. -Paul Eipper 

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

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

I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did. -Terry Prachett

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. -Kahlil Gibran

A sympathetic heart is like a spring of pure water bursting forth from the mountain side. -Anonymous

Not being untutored in suffering, I learn to pity those in affliction. -Vergil

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. -Charles Henry Parkhurst

Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce. -P. J. O’Rourke

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. -Henry David Thoreau

His morality is all sympathy, just what morality should be. -Oscar Wilde 

I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I’ve reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine. -Kate Smith

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. -William Penn

Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests. -George William Norris

It’s hard for me to think of others because I’m not particularly in sympathy with the music of this century. -Alan Hovhaness

It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the Constitution with which they are not in sympathy. -Alfred E. Smith

I can sympathize with everything, except suffering. -Oscar Wilde 

Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them. -Ben Elton

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