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The craving for sympathy is the common boundary-line between joy and sorrow.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

Nothing precludes sympathy so much as a perfect indifference to it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

We are governed by sympathy; and the extent of our sympathy is determined by that of our sensibility.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

It is only kindred griefs that draw forth our tears, and each weeps really for himself.
      - Heinrich Heine

O! ask not, hope thou not too much
  Of sympathy below;
    Few are the hearts whence one same touch
      Bids the sweet fountains flow.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans

We pine for kindred natures
  To mingle with our own.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        Psyche Borne by Zephyrs to the Island of Pleasure

Like will to like; each creature loves his kind.
  Chaste words proceed still from a bashful mind.
      - Robert Herrick

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow
  For other's good, and melt at other's woe.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. XVIII, l. 269), (Pope's translation)

How bless'd the heart that has a friend
  A sympathizing ear to lend
    To troubles too great to smother?
      For as ale and porter, when flat, are restor'd
        Till a sparkling, bubbling head they afford,
          So sorrow is cheer'd by being pour'd
            From one vessel into another.
      - Thomas Hood

When you are in trouble, people who call to sympathize are really looking for the particulars.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

We are much bound to them that do succeed;
  But, in a more pathetic sense, are bound
    To such as fail. They all our loss expound:
      They comfort us for work that will not speed,
        And life--itself a failure.
      - Jean Ingelow

It is an eternal truth in the political as well as the mystical body, that "where one member suffers, all the members suffer with it."
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

And share the inward fragrance of each other's heart.
      - John Keats (1)

No man can force the harp of his own individuality into the people's heart; but every man may play upon the chords of the people's heart, who draws his inspiration from the people's instinct.
      - Louis Kossuth

One of the greatest of all mental pleasures is to have our thoughts often divined: ever entered into with sympathy.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Women have the genius of charity. A man gives but his gold; a woman adds to it her sympathy.
      - Ernest Wilfrid LeGouve

A man may be buoyed up by the efflation of his wild desires to brave any imaginable peril; but he cannot calmly see one he loves braving the same peril; simply because he cannot feel within turn that which prompts another. He sees the danger, and feels not the power that is to overcome it.
      - George Henry Lewes

How in the turmoil of life can love stand,
  Where there is not one heart, and one mouth and one hand.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

No one it so accursed by fate,
  No one so utterly desolate,
    But some heart, though unknown,
      Responds unto his own.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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
         (pt. III, The Theologian's Tale, Interlude)

But better far it is to speak
  One simple word, which now and then
    Shall waken their free nature in the weak
      And friendless sons of men.
      - James Russell Lowell

The making one object, in outward or inward nature, more holy to a single heart, is reward enough for a life; for the more sympathies we gain or awaken for what is beautiful, by so much deeper will be our sympathy for that which is most beautiful, the human soul.
      - James Russell Lowell

Whom the heart of man shuts out,
  Sometimes the heart of God takes in,
    And fences them all round about
      With silence 'mid the world's loud din.
      - James Russell Lowell

Be willing to pity the misery of the stranger! Thou givest to-day thy bread to the poor; to-morrow the poor may give it to thee.
      - Aline Michaelis

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