Quotations About / On: SYMPATHY
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).)
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).)