Sympathy is a social affinity in which one person stands with another person, closely understanding his or her feelings. It also can mean being affected by feelings or emotions. Thus the essence of sympathy is that one has a strong concern for the other person.
- There is in souls a sympathy with sounds.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book VI, line 1.
- Sympathy beyond the confines of man, that is, humanity to the lower animals, seems to be one of the latest moral acquisitions.
- Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man (1871), Ch. III: Comparison Of The Mental Powers Of Man And The Lower Animals; Concluding Remarks, p. 96.
- He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all.
- Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village (1770), line 166.
- For thou hast given me in this beauteous face,
A world of earthly blessings to my soul,
If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.
- A sympathy in choice.
- I ask Thee for a thankful love,
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
And to wipe the weeping eyes,
And a heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathize.
- Anna Laetitia Waring, Father I know that all my Life, Hymns and Meditations (1850), p. 2.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 775-76.
- Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength not my weakness.
- Amos Bronson Alcott, Table-Talk, Sympathy.
- Pity and need
Make all flesh kin. There is no caste in blood.
- Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia, Book VI, line 73.
- But there is one thing which we are responsible for, and that is for our sympathies, for the manner in which we regard it, and for the tone in which we discuss it. What shall we say, then, with regard to it? On which side shall we stand?
- John Bright, Speech on Slavery and Secession (Feb. 3, 1863).
- In the desert a fountain is springing,
In the wide waste there still is a tree,
And a bird in the solitude singing,
Which speaks to my spirit of thee.
- Lord Byron, Stanzas to Augusta.
- Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.
- Thomas Carlyle, Essays, Goethe's Works.
- Jobling, there are chords in the human mind.
- Charles Dickens, Bleak House, Chapter XX.
- Our souls sit close and silently within,
And their own web from their own entrails spin;
And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such,
That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch.
- John Dryden, Mariage à la Mode, Act II, scene 1.
- The secrets of life are not shown except to sympathy and likeness.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Representative Men, Montaigne.
- The man who melts
With social sympathy, though not allied,
Is of more worth than a thousand kinsmen.
- Euripides, Orestes, line 846.
- The craving for sympathy is the common boundary-line between joy and sorrow.
- J. C. and A. W. Hare, Guesses at Truth.
- We pine for kindred natures
To mingle with our own.
- Felicia Hemans, Psyche borne by Zephyrs to the Island of Pleasure.
- Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow
For other's good, and melt at other's woe.
- Homer, The Odyssey, Book XVIII, line 269. Pope's translation.
- Bowels of compassion.
- I John, III. 17.
- World-wide apart, and yet akin,
As showing that the human heart
Beats on forever as of old.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Tales of a Wayside Inn (1863-1874), Part III. The Theologian's Tale. Interlude.
- For I no sooner in my heart divin'd,
My heart, which by a secret harmony
Still moves with thine, joined in connection sweet.
- Never elated while one man's oppress'd;
Never dejected while another's blessed.
- Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1733-34), Epistle IV, line 323.
- Somewhere or other there must surely be
The face not seen, the voice not heard,
The heart that not yet—never yet—ah me!
Made answer to my word.
- Christina G. Rossetti, Somewhere or Other.
- If thou art something bring thy soul and interchange with mine.
- Friedrich Schiller, Votive Tablets, Value and Worth.
- It [true love] is the secret sympathy,
The silver link, the silken tie,
Which heart to heart, and mind to mind
In body and in soul can bind.
- Walter Scott, The Lay of the Last Minstrel (1805), Canto V, Stanza 13.
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)
- Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).
- We often do more good by our sympathy than by our labors. A man may lose position, influence, wealth, and even health, and yet live on in comfqrt, if with resignation; but there is one thing without which life becomes a burden—that is human sympathy.
- Canon Farrar, p. 574.
- The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur, and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest sympathies, because they have had the profoundest sorrows.
- Henry Giles, p. 573.
- Certain it is, that as nothing can better do it; so there is nothing greater, for which God made our tongues, next to reciting His praises, than to minister comfort to a weary soul.
- Jeremy Taylor, p. 574.
- There is poetry and there is beauty in real sympathy; but there is more — there is action. The noblest and most powerful form of sympathy is not merely the responsive tear, the echoed sigh, the answering look; it is the embodiment of the sentiment in actual help.
- Octavius Winslow, p. 574.
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