Quotations About / On:
Any relations in a social order will endure, if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.
(George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1965), Irish writer. Open letter to the Masters of Dublin. Irish Times (Oct. 7, 1913).
Often wrote under the name of A.E....)
In the end, for congenial sympathy, for poetry, for work, for original feeling and expression, for perfect companionship with one's friendsgive me the country.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Feb. 28, 1909. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).)
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.)
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.)
When we hate a person, with an intimate, imaginative, human hatred, we enter into his mind, or sympathizeany 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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)