Quotations About / On:
Sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of sympathy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. "The Soul of Man Under Socialism," Fortnightly Review.)
Self-pity dries up our sympathy for others.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
In any combat between a rogue and a fool the sympathy of mankind is always with the rogue.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 616, Knopf (1949).)
Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them.
(Ben Elton (b. 1959), British author, performer. "On the Business of Stark," Stark (1989).)
The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves.
(Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator, writer. "Statistics of Female Health," Woman Suffrage and Women's Professions (1871).)
To desire and expect nothing for oneselfand to have profound sympathy for othersis genuine holiness.
(Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian author. Letter, October 28, 1862, to Countess Elizaveta Lambert. Turgenev: Letters, ed. David Lowe (1983).)
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).)
Women have no sympathy ... and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.
(Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), British nurse. letter, Dec. 13, 1861. Forever Yours, Florence Nightingale: Selected Letters, ch. 3 (1989).
Refuting the argument that women had been more sympathetic to her work than men.)
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). . . .
I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)