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.)
No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. The Picture of Dorian Gray, preface (1891).)
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.)
I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.
(Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 49 (1776-1788).)
Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Romola, ch. 48 (1863).)
Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.
(Anne Sullivan, U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992).)
Self-pity dries up our sympathy for others.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
You love sack, and so do I; would you desire better sympathy?
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Mrs. Page, in The Merry Wives of Windsor, act 2, sc. 1, l. 8-10.
Falstaff's way of making love to Mistress Page.)
And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.
(Walt Whitman (1819-1892), U.S. poet. "Song of Myself," sct. 48, Leaves of Grass (1855).)