Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
Women ought to feel a peculiar sympathy in the colored man's wrong, for, like him, she has been accused of mental inferiority, and denied the privileges of a liberal education.
(Angelina Grimké (1805-1879), U.S. abolitionist and feminist. As quoted in The Grimke Sisters from South Carolina, ch. 10, by Gerda Lerner (1967).
From a paper prepared for a May 1837 antislavery convention of women. Grimke, the daughter of a South Carolina slaveowner, had severed relations with her family and moved North.)
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).)
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). . . .
Any relations in a social order will endure, if there is infused into them some of that spirit of human sympathy which qualifies life for immortality.
(George William Russell [A.E.] (1867-1965), Irish writer. Open letter to the Masters of Dublin. Irish Times (Oct. 7, 1913).
Often wrote under the name of A.E....)
In the end, for congenial sympathy, for poetry, for work, for original feeling and expression, for perfect companionship with one's friendsgive me the country.
(D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. letter, Feb. 28, 1909. The Letters of D.H. Lawrence, vol. 1, ed. James T. Boulton (1979).)