Empathy: The Greatest Virtue

“Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.”
~ Marshall B. Rosenberg

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

“There is no greater intelligence than kindness and empathy.”
~ Bryant H. McGill

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”
~ John Steinbeck

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others.”
~ Albert Schweitzer

“I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”
~ Roger Ebert

“Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person.”
~ William Fritz

“You don’t teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools. You teach that at home, and children learn by example.”
~ Judy Sheindlin

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”
~ Maya Angelou

“Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others.”
~ Justin Simien

“Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.”
~ Eric Zorn

“Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength.”
~ R.A. Salvatore

Hatred Is The Coward’s Revenge

“Hatred is the coward’s revenge for being intimidated.”
~ George Bernard Shaw

“Love is a given, hatred is acquired.”
~ Douglas Horton

“A Rattlesnake, if Cornered will become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is — a biting of oneself. We think we are harming others in holding these spites and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves.”
~ E. Stanley Jones

“Those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them; and then you destroy yourself.”
~ Richard Nixon

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.”
~ Will Smith

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”
~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.”
~ Elie Wiesel

“Hate the sin, love the sinner.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“In time we hate that which we often fear.”
~ William Shakespeare

“Love those you hate you.”
~ Leo Tolstoy

“Hating people is like burning down your own house to get rid of a rat.”
~ Henry Emerson Fosdick

“Hatred is one long wait.”
~ René Maran

“The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.”
~ Eldridge Cleaver

“If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn’t part of ourselves doesn’t disturb us.”
~ Hermann Hesse

“If malice or envy were tangible and had a shape, it would be the shape of a boomerang.”
~ Charley Reese

“Hatreds are the cinders of affection.”
~ Walter Raleigh

“Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure;
Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.”
~ Lord Byron

“Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.”
~ Charlotte Bronte

Patience & Fortitude

“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu

“Patience and Diligence, like faith, remove mountains.”
~ William Penn

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
~ Napoleon Hill

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.”
~ Arnold H. Glasow

“Patience never helped the rooster lay an egg”
~ Unknown, courtesy of N.O. Combelic

“Life on a farm is a school of patience; you can’t hurry the crops or make an ox in two days.”
~ Henri Alain

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
~ Edmund Burke

“Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”
~ Heraclitus

“He that can have patience can have what he will.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

“It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.”
~ Julius Caesar

“Genius is eternal patience.”
~ Michelangelo

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.”
~ Moliere

“The greatest power is often simple patience.”
~ E. Joseph Cossman

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”
~ William Shakespeare

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”
~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
~ John Quincy Adams

“Have patience. All things are difficult before they become easy.”
~ Saadi

“Have patience with all things, But, first of all with yourself.”
~ Saint Francis de Sales

“We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.”
~ Helen Keller

“Wise to resolve, and patient to perform.”
~ Homer

“Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players.”
~ from The Conduct of Life (1860)

The Secret Is Practice

“It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.”
~ Arnold Palmer

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
~ Dalai Lama

“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”
~ Yogi Berra

“Practice what you know, and it will help to make clear what now you do not know.”
~ Rembrandt

“Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”
~ Jack Kerouac

“Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”
~ Martha Graham

“My secret is practice.”
~ David Beckham

“Success has to do with deliberate practice. Practice must be focused, determined, and in an environment where there’s feedback.”
~ Malcolm Gladwell

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice.”
~ Anton Chekhov

“If you don’t practice you don’t deserve to win.”
~ Andre Agassi

“Preaching is to much avail, but practice is far more effective. A godly life is the strongest argument you can offer the skeptic.”
~ Hosea Ballou

“Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.”
~ Confucius

“Each person needs different limits to set him or her free. Finding yours is what practice is all about.”
~ W.A. Mathieu

The Practice of Tolerance

“In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
~ Dalai Lama

“Tolerance implies no lack of commitment to one’s own beliefs. Rather it condemns the oppression or persecution of others.”
~ John F. Kennedy

“Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs, practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.”
~ Joshua Liebman

“Tolerance is giving to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.”
~ Robert Green Ingersoll

“The test of courage comes when we are in the minority. The test of tolerance comes when we are in the majority.”
~ Ralph W. Sockman

“Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil.”
~ Thomas Mann

“Sometimes true tolerance requires an extraordinary strength, which we are often too weak to exercise.”
~ Fausto Cercignani

“Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.”
~ Tenzin Gyatso

“Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.”
~ Edmund Burke

“Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.”
~ Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.”
~ E. M. Forster

“Tolerance implies a respect for another person, not because he is wrong or even because he is right, but because he is human.”
~ John Cogley Commonweal

“Tolerance is another word for indifference.”
~ W. Somerset Maugham

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”
~ Helen Keller

“Tolerance implies a gratuitous assumption of the inferiority of other faiths to one’s own.”
~ Mahatma Gandhi

“We tend to idealize tolerance, then wonder why we find ourselves infested with losers and nut cases.”
~ Patrick Nielsen Hayden

“Tolerance can lead to learning something.”
~ Jakob Dylan

“Tolerance is the first principle of community; it is the spirit which conserves the best that all men think.”
~ Helen Keller

“Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.”
~ James Goldsmith

“Tolerance is held to be a condition of mind which is encouraged by, and is necessary for, civilization.”
~ Arthur Keith