Thursday, 18 March 2010

Inspiring Words Week - Compassion

Yiota from 'shells and bells showers and flowers' has invited who wishes to join her in her 'Inspiring Words Week.' I'm a little late taking up the invitation but . . . well, you know the rest of the saying!

My word for today is COMPASSION

Chambers Thesaurus gives the following definitions of compassion: 
kindness, gentleness, tenderness, tender-heartedness, fellow-feeling, humanity, mercy, pity, leniency, sympathy, commiseration, condolence, sorrow, benevolence, consideration, concern, care, understanding

'If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.'
St Francis of Assisi 1181 - 1226
'Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.'
Albert Schweitzer 1875 – 1965
'The salvation of mankind lies only in making everything the concern of all.'
Alexander Solzhenitsyn 1918 – 2008
'Our task must be to free ourselves . . . by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.'
Albert Einstein 1879 – 1955
'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way it treats its animals.'
Mohandas Gandhi 1869 – 1948
'Treat the other man's faith gently; it is all he has to believe with. His mind was created for his own thoughts, not yours or mine.'
Henry S Haskins 1875 – 1957
'Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.'
Henry James 1843 – 1916
'One kind word can warm three winter months.'
Japanese proverb


  1. Love the quotes accompanying flower shots that are terrific. Thanks for stopping by - my balloon post was not meant to be a commercial! I have so noted at the end of the series. Thanks.

  2. This is a very important word and I hold it dear to my heart. I wish everybody had it. It would make the world a better place.

    I love your flower photos. Such a lovely way for me to wake up even thoughI need to get back to sleep. It's 4:00 in the morning and I got hit with insomnia after a nightmare.


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