Sympathy Quotes

If you're looking for sympathy you'll find it between shit and syphilis in the dictionary.

Barrel Fever

David Sedaris

Barrel Fever

I did not know how to reach him, how to catch up with him... The land of tears is so mysterious.

It is terribly rude to tell people that their troubles are boring.

The Blank Book

Lemony Snicket

The Blank Book

Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.

You can’t save others from themselves because those who make a perpetual muddle of their lives don’t appreciate your interfering with the drama they’ve created. They want your poor-sweet-baby sympathy, but they don’t want to change.

When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.

Like crying wolf, if you keep looking for sympathy as a justification for your actions, you will someday be left standing alone when you really need help.

Actions    Alarm    Complaining    Crying    Crying wolf    Excuses    False    False alarm    Falsehood    Justification    Loneliness    Responsibility    Sympathy    Whining    Wolf    Wolves

Good works is giving to the poor and the helpless, but divine works is showing them their worth to the One who matters.

Cry me a river, build a bridge, and get over it.

I think a lot of psychopaths are just geniuses who drove so fast that they lost control.

Though sympathy alone can't alter facts, it can help to make them more bearable.

It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack
But no one can rate a burden's weight
Until it has been on his back

Advice    Burden    Pride    Suffering    Sympathy

When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.

Bond    Brevity    Camaraderie    Common    Companionship    Consideration    Death    Ease    Empathy    Friendship    Inspirational    Joy    Life    Pain    Sharing    Sympathy    Understanding

Each person you meet
is an aspect of yourself,
clamoring for love.

The exaggerated dopamine sensitivity of the introvert leads one to believe that when in public, introverts, regardless of its validity, often feel to be the center of (unwanted) attention hence rarely craving attention. Extroverts, on the other hand, seem to never get enough attention. So on the flip side it seems as though the introvert is in a sense very external and the extrovert is in a sense very internal - the introvert constantly feels too much 'outerness' while the extrovert doesn't feel enough 'outerness'.

Attention    Awareness    Brain    Cognition    Compassion    Dopamine    Emotions    Empathy    Exaggeration    External    Extroversion    Extrovert    Feelings    Internal    Introversion    Introvert    Personality    Pity    Private    Psychology    Public    Senses    Sensitivity    Social    Sympathy    Traits

Besides love and sympathy, animals exhibit other qualities connected with the social instincts which in us would be called moral.

Animals    Love    Morality    Sympathy

There's nothing like your mother's sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.

A man's ethical behaviour should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death.

Education    Ethics    Morality    Needs    Religion    Sociality    Sympathy

Darkness as well as light. Or do I mean darkness, another kind of light? Lucifer would say so, and I have a weakness for fallen angels.

Art and Lies

Jeanette Winterson

Art and Lies
Angels    Darkness    Light    Sympathy    Weakness

Walk with me for a while, my friend—you in my shoes, I in yours—and then let us talk.

The following proposition seems to me in a high degree probable—namely, that any animal whatever, endowed with well-marked social instincts, the parental and filial affections being here included, would inevitably acquire a moral sense or conscience, as soon as its intellectual powers had become as well, or nearly as well developed, as in man. For, firstly, the social instincts lead an animal to take pleasure in the society of its fellows, to feel a certain amount of sympathy with them, and to perform various services for them.

The Descent of Man

Charles Darwin

The Descent of Man

Ignorance may be bliss, but only if it outweighs curiosity. Curiosity is a gateway drug to sympathy.

The Archived

Victoria Schwab

The Archived

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.

We must laugh at man to avoid crying for him.

The mark of man is initiative, but the mark of woman is cooperation. Man talks about freedom; woman about sympathy, love, sacrifice. Man cooperates with nature; woman cooperates with God. Man was called to till the earth, to "rule over the earth"; woman to be the bearer of a life that comes from God.

Catholic    Cooperation    Freedom    Initiative    Man    Nature    Sympathy    Woman

The real test of love is loving those who we feel are the hardest ones to love.

LOVE of others is the appreciation of one's self.
MAY your egotism be so gigantic that you comprise mankind in your self-sympathy.

Compassion    Ego    Egotism    Empathy    Love    Others    Self    Self respect    Sympathy

It is difficult to feel sympathy for these people. It is difficult to regard some bawdy drunk and see them as sick and powerless. It is difficult to suffer the selfishness of a drug addict who will lie to you and steal from you and forgive them and offer them help. Can there be any other disease that renders its victims so unappealing? Would Great Ormond Street be so attractive a cause if its beds were riddled with obnoxious little criminals that had brought it on themselves?

Peace has to be created, in order to be maintained. It is the product of Faith, Strength, Energy, Will, Sympathy, Justice, Imagination, and the triumph of principle. It will never be achieved by passivity and quietism.

Energy    Faith    Imagination    Justice    Love    Peace    Strength    Sympathy    Will

Woman's fatal weakness is to desire sympathy and comprehension.

We never think lightly of those who walk with us on our uphill days.

A true friend doesn't have guts; they beat you up and later plead with you to beat them back.

Affection    Baby    Beat    Beat me    Beating    Beatings    Beg    Begging    Bonhomie    Camaraderie    Childish    Easy going    Fight    Forgiveness    Friendship    Friendships    Funny    Game of love    Gut    Guts    Humor    I love you    I m sorry    Kneeling    Little things    Love game    Michael bassey johnson    Play    Playing    Plea    Quarrel    Quarrelsome    Sweetheart    Sympathy    True friend    True friends    Truth

Why do women waste their time trying to convince their insecure family members and girlfriends that they are beautiful? Self esteem is not a beauty cream that you can rub all over them and see instant results. Instead, convince them they are not stupid. Every intelligent woman knows outward beauty is a nip, tuck, chemical peel or diet away. If you don't like it, fix it.

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds:
And as the mind is pitch'd the ear is pleased
With melting airs, or martial, brisk or grave;
Some chord in unison with what we hear
Is touch'd within us, and the heart replies.

Music    Sound    Sympathy

Even a witch wants sympathy.

Who can tell what metals the gods use in forging the subtle bond which we call sympathy, which we might as well call love.

The Awakening

Chopin Kate

The Awakening

September did not want to feel for the Marquess. That’s how villains get you, she knew. You feel badly for them, and next thing you know, you’re tied to train tracks. But her wild, untried heart opened up another bloom inside her, a dark branch heavy with fruit.

Act like you care. Pray like you care. Speak, smile, reach out, and live like you care.  The point is to make sure those in your life know beyond doubt that you do care.

it has to be emphasized that if the pain were readily describable most of the countless sufferers from this ancient affliction would have been able to confidently depict for their friends and loved ones (even their physicians) some of the actual dimensions of their torment, and perhaps elicit a comprehension that has been generally lacking; such incomprehension has usually been due not to a failure of sympathy but to the basic inability of healthy people to imagine a form of torment so alien to everyday experience.

Understanding did not provide solace or make the pain go away; in many ways, understanding was just more salt in the emotional wound. Ignorance allowed one to fight back with unfettered cruelty. Understanding inspired empathy, which led to guilt, as well as suffering.
She looked at Gavin, supine, unconcerned, contented, and thought that perhaps there was something to being a sociopath. If you didn't have a heart, it couldn't be broken.

I nodded with genuine synthetic sympathy.

El oscuro pasajero

Jeff Lindsay Dexter in the Dark

El oscuro pasajero

The law of sympathy is one of the most basic parts of magic. It states that the more similar two objects are, the greater the sympathetic link. The greater the link, the more easily they influence each other.

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind

There are some situations which men understand by instinct, by which reason is powerless to explain; in such cases the greatest poet is he who gives utterance to the most natural and vehement outburst of sorrow. Those who hear the bitter cry are as much impressed as if they listened to an entire poem, and when th sufferer is sincere they are right in regarding his outburst as sublime.

I could really use someone else's smile today.

When reading the history of the Jewish people, of their flight from slavery to death, of their exchange of tyrants, I must confess that my sympathies are all aroused in their behalf. They were cheated, deceived and abused. Their god was quick-tempered unreasonable, cruel, revengeful and dishonest. He was always promising but never performed. He wasted time in ceremony and childish detail, and in the exaggeration of what he had done. It is impossible for me to conceive of a character more utterly detestable than that of the Hebrew god. He had solemnly promised the Jews that he would take them from Egypt to a land flowing with milk and honey. He had led them to believe that in a little while their troubles would be over, and that they would soon in the land of Canaan, surrounded by their wives and little ones, forget the stripes and tears of Egypt. After promising the poor wanderers again and again that he would lead them in safety to the promised land of joy and plenty, this God, forgetting every promise, said to the wretches in his power:—'Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness and your children shall wander until your carcasses be wasted.' This curse was the conclusion of the whole matter. Into this dust of death and night faded all the promises of God. Into this rottenness of wandering despair fell all the dreams of liberty and home. Millions of corpses were left to rot in the desert, and each one certified to the dishonesty of Jehovah. I cannot believe these things. They are so cruel and heartless, that my blood is chilled and my sense of justice shocked. A book that is equally abhorrent to my head and heart, cannot be accepted as a revelation from God.
When we think of the poor Jews, destroyed, murdered, bitten by serpents, visited by plagues, decimated by famine, butchered by each, other, swallowed by the earth, frightened, cursed, starved, deceived, robbed and outraged, how thankful we should be that we are not the chosen people of God. No wonder that they longed for the slavery of Egypt, and remembered with sorrow the unhappy day when they exchanged masters. Compared with Jehovah, Pharaoh was a benefactor, and the tyranny of Egypt was freedom to those who suffered the liberty of God.
While reading the Pentateuch, I am filled with indignation, pity and horror. Nothing can be sadder than the history of the starved and frightened wretches who wandered over the desolate crags and sands of wilderness and desert, the prey of famine, sword, and plague. Ignorant and superstitious to the last degree, governed by falsehood, plundered by hypocrisy, they were the sport of priests, and the food of fear. God was their greatest enemy, and death their only friend.
It is impossible to conceive of a more thoroughly despicable, hateful, and arrogant being, than the Jewish god. He is without a redeeming feature. In the mythology of the world he has no parallel. He, only, is never touched by agony and tears. He delights only in blood and pain. Human affections are naught to him. He cares neither for love nor music, beauty nor joy. A false friend, an unjust judge, a braggart, hypocrite, and tyrant, sincere in hatred, jealous, vain, and revengeful, false in promise, honest in curse, suspicious, ignorant, and changeable, infamous and hideous:—such is the God of the Pentateuch.

Some Mistakes of Moses

Robert G. Ingersoll

Some Mistakes of Moses
Abhorrent    Affection    Agony    Arrogant    Beauty    Belief    Benefactor    Bible    Blood    Book    Christianity    Corpses    Cruelty    Curse    Death    Deceived    Delight    Despair    Despicable    Dishonesty    Dreams    Dust    Enemy    Exchange    Exodus    Falsehood    Famine    Fear    Freedom    Friend    God    Govern    Hateful    Heartless    Hideous    History    Home    Horror    Hypocrisy    Ignorant    Impossible    Indignation    Infamous    Jehovah    Jewish    Jews    Joy    Judaism    Justice    Liberty    Love    Moses    Murder    Music    Myth    Mythology    Pain    Parallel    Pentateuch    Pharaoh    Pity    Plagues    Plunder    Prey    Priests    Promise    Promised land    Reading    Religion    Revelation    Revengeful    Robbed    Sad    Safety    Serpents    Shock    Slavery    Sorrow    Sport    Starved    Superstitious    Sympathy    Tears    Thankful    The bible    Tyranny    Tyrants    Unreasonable    Vain    Wander    Wasted    Yahweh

In the land of the dying, sentences go unfinished, you know how they're going to end.

Big Fish

Daniel Wallace

Big Fish

I want to be the kind of boy you are, thought Bean. But I don’t want to go through what you’ve been through to get there.

Bean    Ender    Jealousy    Sympathy    Yearning

Sympathy is why when a man is getting mugged, you let him keep his shirt after you take his life. Funerals are respectable affairs, after all.

Funny    Humor    Robbery    Sympathy

The glory of fame isn't in having so many people know you, but in having so many people know you care. Otherwise, it's like being drawn to a fire to find no warmth.

Care    Caring    Empathy    Esteem    Fame    Fire    Kindness    Richelle    Richelle goodrich    Success    Sympathy    Warmth

Innate in nearly every artistic nature is a wanton, treacherous penchant for accepting injustice when it creates beauty and showing sympathy for and paying homage to aristocratic privilege.

Der Tod in Venedig / Mario und der Zauberer

Thomas Mann Mythology by Christopher Dell

Der Tod in Venedig / Mario und der Zauberer



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