Quotations About / On: SYMPATHY

  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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....)
  • 24.
    In the end, for congenial sympathy, for poetry, for work, for original feeling and expression, for perfect companionship with one's friends—give 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).)
  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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).)
  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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).)
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