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Sympathy Quotes

The word ‘sympathy’ has varied meanings and may mean an inclination to be supportive, loyal and to agree with an opinion or sharing the feelings of others (especially feelings of sorrow or anguish). When we think of compassion, the one important personality that comes to our mind is the Noble Peace Prize winner Mother Theresa who nurtured and nursed the poor and old. Read the next bit of article to get an insight about the popular compassion quotations and sayings.

Queen Elizabeth II

Grief is the price we pay for love.

Keanu Reeves

Grief changes shape, but it never ends.

Emily Dickinson

Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality.

Agatha Christie

I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.

Desmond Tutu

I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights.

Robert Browning

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

Cristiano Ronaldo

When you lose a person you love so much, surviving the loss is difficult.

Hillaire Belloc

Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun.

Marcel Proust

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

Dorothy Day

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.

Billy Graham

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply.

Queen Elizabeth II

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.

Hugh Jackman

I like the Rolling Stones for karaoke. 'Sympathy For The Devil' is a great one.

George Soros

If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it's much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems.

Washington Irving

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.

William Wordsworth

Not without hope we suffer and we mourn.

Alfred Lord Tennyson

A sorrow's crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

Shinzo Abe

I have to express sympathy from the bottom of my heart to those people who were taken as wartime comfort women. As a human being, I would like to express my sympathies, and also as prime minister of Japan I need to apologize to them.

William Blake

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.

William James

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

Joseph Addison

I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.

William Butler Yeats

Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.

Richard M. Nixon

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

Woodrow Wilson

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

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Walt Whitman

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

Anne Hathaway

I damaged my health during 'Les Mis,' which I didn't want to mention in case it seemed like I was courting sympathy.

James Russell Lowell

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

William Shakespeare

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.

Lord Byron

The dew of compassion is a tear.


Tears are the silent language of grief.

George Eliot

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.

Khalil Gibran

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.


We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

Victor Hugo

Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I'm not looking for sympathy at all.