Quotations About / On: SYMPATHY

  • 21.
    It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Speech, 1969, on receiving the Shakespeare Prize awarded by the University of Hamburg, Germany.)
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  • 22.
    I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
    (Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960), British Labour politician. Speech, April 30, 1946, House of Commons.)
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  • 23.
    When we hate a person, with an intimate, imaginative, human hatred, we enter into his mind, or sympathize—any strong interest will arouse the imagination and create some sort of sympathy.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 4 (1902).)
  • 24.
    The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I've seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy.
    (Anthony Storr (b. 1920), British psychiatrist. Quoted in Times (London, October 22, 1992).)
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  • 25.
    I have a deep sympathy with war, it so apes the gait and bearing of the soul.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry, June 30, 1840 (1906).)
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  • 26.
    In a cabinet of natural history, we become sensible of a certain occult recognition and sympathy in regard to the most unwieldy and eccentric forms of beast, fish, and insect.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 8 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)
  • 27.
    The strongest bond of human sympathy, outside of the family relation, should be one uniting all working people, of all nations, and tongues, and kindreds.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. reply to the New York Workingmen's Democratic Republican Association, Mar. 21, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 7, p. 259, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
  • 28.
    Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. Democratic politician, president. speech, Oct. 27, 1913.)
  • 29.
    [Sympathy] is easy to get, and it is not binding. "You have my sympathy", and inside we say, "and now let us move on to something else."
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 35, Gallimard (1956).)
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  • 30.
    Many scholars forget ... that our enjoyment of the great works of literature depends more upon the depth of our sympathy than upon our understanding. ... very few of their laborious explanations stick in the memory. The mind drops them as a branch drops its overripe fruit.
    (Helen Keller (1880-1968), U.S. author. The Story of My Life, ch. 20 (1905). Keller was rendered deaf and blind at the age of nineteen months. But in 1904, she had graduated cum laude from Radcliffe College.)
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