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SYMPATHY
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Truth is the root, but human sympathy is the flower of practical life.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

All powerful souls have kindred with each other.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

He that sympathizes in all the happiness of others perhaps himself enjoys the safest happiness, and he that is warned by all the folly of others has perhaps attained the soundest wisdom.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained.
      - Pierre Corneille

There is in souls a sympathy with sounds.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. VI, l. 1)

Jobling, there are chords in the human mind.
      - Charles Dickens, Bleak House (ch. XX)

The sympathy of sorrow is stronger than the sympathy of prosperity.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

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, Marriage a la Mode
         (act II, sc. 1)

The sympathy of most people consists of a mixture of good-humor, curiosity, and self-importance.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

To rejoice in another's prosperity is to give content to your lot; to mitigate another's grief is to alleviate or dispel your own.
      - Tryon Edwards

Sympathetic people are often uncommunicative about themselves; they give back reflected images which hide their own depths.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

The human heart
  Finds nowhere shelter but in human kind.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man pins me to the wall, while with another I walk among the stars.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We owe to man higher succors than food and fire. We owe to man, man.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 more worth than a thousand kinsmen.
      - Euripides, Orestes (l. 846)

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 comfort, if with resignation; but there is one thing without which life becomes a burden--that is human sympathy.
      - Frederic William Farrar

There is some danger lest there be no real religion in the heart which craves too much daily sympathy.
      - Margaret Fuller (Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli)

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

The greatest pleasures of which the human mind is susceptible are the pleasures of consciousness and sympathy.
      - Parke Godwin

He watched and wept and prayed and felt for all.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

He watch'd and wept, he pray'd and felt for all.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 166)

He who steps on stones is glad to feel
  The smallest spray of moss beneath his feet.
      - Anna Katharine Green


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