Compassion is the keen awareness of the interdependence of all things. --Thomas Merton

Compassion is the ultimate and most meaningful embodiment of emotional maturity. It is through compassion that a person achieves the highest peak and deepest reach in his or her search for self-fulfillment. --Arthur Jersild
Compassion is not sentiment but is making justice and doing works of mercy. Compassion is not a moral commandment but a flow and overflow of the fullest human and divine energies. --Matthew Fox
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, forgiveness. --H.H. the Dalai Lama
Always treat others as you'd like to be treated youreself ... Don't do to others what you would not like them to do to you. --Karen Armstrong
It would help to heal the breach between liberals and conservatives if we could shift the emphasis from belief systems to the spiritual virtues that all religions espouse: love or compassion that is not restricted to one's own tribe; generosity; forgiveness; justice tempered by mercy; respect and civility. --Huston Smith and Kendra Smith