Quotations About / On: SYMPATHY
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).)
It is the story-teller's task to elicit sympathy and a measure of understanding for those who lie outside the boundaries of State approval.
(Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. Speech, 1969, on receiving the Shakespeare Prize awarded by the University of Hamburg, Germany.)
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).)
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.)
I have a deep sympathy with war, it so apes the gait and bearing of the soul.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry, June 30, 1840 (1906).)
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).)
The highest that we can attain to is not Knowledge, but Sympathy with Intelligence.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 240, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
[Sympathy] is easy to get, and it is not binding. "You have my sympathy", and inside we say, "and now let us move on to something else."
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 35, Gallimard (1956).)
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).)