Quotations About / On: SYMPATHY

  • 11.
    And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
    (Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. "Song of Myself," sct. 48, Leaves of Grass (1855).)
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  • 12.
    The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 240, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 13.
    Empathy and sympathy for the deeply disturbed is what we must have. We never know.
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  • 14.
    In any combat between a rogue and a fool the sympathy of mankind is always with the rogue.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).)
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  • 15.
    Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
    (Ben Elton (b. 1959), British author, performer. "On the Business of Stark," Stark (1989).)
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  • 16.
    The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves.
    (Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator, writer. "Statistics of Female Health," Woman Suffrage and Women's Professions (1871).)
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  • 17.
    Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
    (Angelina Grimké (1805-1879), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 10, by Gerda Lerner (1967). From a paper prepared for a May 1837 antislavery convention of women. Grimke, the daughter of a South Carolina slaveowner, had severed relations with her family and moved North.)
  • 18.
    To desire and expect nothing for oneself—and to have profound sympathy for others—is genuine holiness.
    (Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 28, 1862, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
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  • 19.
    Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
    (Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).)
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  • 20.
    In externals we advance with lightening express speed, in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion.
    (Frances E. Willard 1839-1898, U.S. president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union 1879-1891, author, activist. The Woman's Magazine, pp. 137-40 (January 1887). . . . )
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