Sympathy Quotes 

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Sympathy Quotes

1. The dew of compassion is a tear. – Lord Byron

2. Flowers grow out of dark moments. – Corita Kent

3. The only cure for grief is action. – George Henry Lewes

4. Grief is the price we pay for love. – Queen Elizabeth II

5. From the end spring new beginnings. – Pliny the Elder

6. I’m not looking for sympathy at all. – Arnold Schwarzenegger

7. The heart forgets its sorrow and ache. – James Russell Lowell

8. Tears are the silent language of grief. – Voltaire

9. Grief changes shape, but it never ends. – Keanu Reeves

10. Not without hope we suffer and we mourn. – William Wordsworth

11. The cure for sorrow is to learn something. – Barbara Sher

12. Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load. – Charles Henry Parkhurst

13. Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps. – William Blake

14. One often calms one’s grief by recounting it. – Pierre Corneille

15. Sympathy is the first condition of criticism. – Henri Frederic Amiel

16. Nobody in football wants to receive sympathy. – Jamie Carragher

17. The more sympathy you give, the less you need. – Malcolm Forbes

18. There’s little place for sympathy in football. – Toni Kroos

19. Grief is only the memory of widowed affections. – James Martineau

20. I was brought up to be sympathetic toward others. – Joyce Carol Oates

21. I never ask for mercy and seek no one’s sympathy. – Conrad Black

22. Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself. – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

23. Our trials, our sorrows, and our grieves develop us. – Orison Swett Marden

24. Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality. – Emily Dickinson

25. There is no grief like the grief that does not speak. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

26. If you suppress grief too much, it can well redouble. – Moliere

27. Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell. – Joni Mitchell

28. A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother. – Homer

29. I think loss of loved ones is the hardest blow in life. – Marlo Thomas

30. Sympathy is charming, but it does not make up for pain. – Lillie Langtry

31. Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery. – Edward Gibbon

32. A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times. – Alfred Lord Tennyson

33. It’s sad when someone you know becomes someone you knew. – Henry Rollins

34. We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. – Confucius

35. Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile. – Jean Giraudoux

36. Sympathy with nature is part of a good person’s religion. – Francis Herbert Hedge

37. Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

38. There is a joy in sorrow which none but a mourner can know. – Jean Paul

39. What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness. – Thomas Bailey Aldrich

40. Your sympathy is worthless to people in need without action. – Andy Dunn

41. I’ve never wanted sympathy votes in anything I do in my life. – Amy Purdy

42. Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest. – George Eliot

43. There are times when a sports figure doesn’t deserve sympathy. – Stephen Rodrick

44. A crowd always thinks with its sympathy, never with its reason. – William R. Alger

45. There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. – Aeschylus

46. Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink. – W. H. Davies

47. When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. – William Shakespeare

48. Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. – Anne Sullivan

49. You develop a sympathy for all human beings when you travel a lot. – Shakuntala Devi

50. Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine. – Thomas Aquinas

51. My guitar was loud as hell, and I had no sympathy for anybody else. – Brownie McGhee

52. Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good. – Ovid

53. Grieve and mourn for yourself not once or twice, but again and again. – Morrie Schwartz

54. Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness, sympathy, and patience. – Evelyn Underhill

55. Sympathy is important, but it rings hollow if not followed by action. – Chris Murphy

56. There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. – Dante Alighieri

57. I have a strong sympathy for all women who have struggled and suffered. – Edmonia Lewis

58. Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay. – Robert Browning

59. September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world. – Tom Ford

60. Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people. – Arthur Schopenhauer

61. The Nazi movement is in many respects one which has my warmest sympathy. – George Bernard Shaw

62. When you lose a person you love so much, surviving the loss is difficult. – Cristiano Ronaldo

63. Barton Fink is just too self-important as an artist to get much sympathy. – Ethan Coen

64. Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it. – Victor Hugo

65. Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well. – Henry Cabot Lodge

66. The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection. – Irving Babbitt

67. The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind. – Washington Irving

68. I will indulge my sorrows, and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair. – Joseph Addison

69. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength. – Corrie Ten Boom

70. Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe. – Florence Nightingale

71. I like the Rolling Stones for karaoke. ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ is a great one. – Hugh Jackman

72. Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of sympathy have been touched. – Paul P. Harris

73. Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way. – Anne Morrow Lindbergh

74. There’s no greater way to gain an audience’s sympathy than by being unfortunate. – Seth Green

75. Having a baby is a disaster for your career. I don’t think there’s any sympathy. – Mariella Frostrup

76. If there was less sympathy in the world, there would be less trouble in the world. – Oscar Wilde

77. All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

78. The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy. – Irving Babbitt

79. There’s a great tradition of actors taking on parts of much less obvious sympathy. – Edward Zwick

80. I feel like there’s a lot of sympathy and camaraderie among documentary filmmakers. – Morgan Neville

81. Whether rich people make money or lose money, they get no sympathy from the public. – Gary Ackerman

82. People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim. – Ann Landers

83. You have to have sympathy for and an empathy with a character in order to play them. – Laura Carmichael

84. It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature. – Henry David Thoreau

85. What ye have been ye still shall be, When we are dust the dust among, O yellow flowers! – Henry Austin Dobson

86. Although I’m Australian, I find myself much more in sympathy with the Austrian version! – David Chalmers

87. When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over. – George MacDonald

88. Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests. – George William Norris

89. NFL fans have less sympathy for fallen players than the Romans had for blind Christians. – Stephen Rodrick

90. The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. – Albert Schweitzer

91. And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud. – Walt Whitman

92. I would certainly not support Trump in any way shape or form, but I want to have sympathy. – Andrew Haigh

93. It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

94. Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. – Marcel Proust

95. You don’t go around grieving all the time, but the grief is still there and always will be. – Nigella Lawson

96. I joined the Party definitely in 1923 after having already been in sympathy with it before. – Fritz Sauckel

97. I like movies that make you semi fall in love with the villain so you have sympathy for him. – Megan Thee Stallion

98. Loss and possession, death and life are one, There falls no shadow where there shines no sun. – Hilaire Belloc

99. As Christians, our compassion is simply a response to the love that God has already shown us. – Steven Curtis Chapman

100. Farewell, dearest friend, never to see one another any more till at the right hand of Christ. – Donald Cargill

101. Sympathy is something that shouldn’t be bestowed upon the Yankees. Apparently it angers them. – Bob Feller

102. I don’t care about sympathy. I care about playing a character who’s understandable and clear. – Anson Mount

103. I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did. – Terry Pratchett

104. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. – Norman Cousins

105. The irony is that I’m actually a very empathetic person, but I don’t believe in sympathy at all. – Jillian Michaels

106. Jamal Khashoggi was a Muslim Brotherhood operative, and so I don’t really feel sympathy for him. – Laura Loomer

107. In any business, the more you learn, the more sympathetic you can be to other people’s positions. – Peter Asher

108. Character is made of duty and love and sympathy, and, above all, of living and working for others. – Robert Green Ingersoll

109. When you’re successful, people have no sympathy. Nobody wants to catch the tears of a millionaire. – Boy George

110. I have no sympathy for debunking human achievements that, in the end, gave ordinary people liberty. – Paul Craig Roberts

111. I have great sympathy for people that are infertile, but a life is not something you can give away. – Mary Beth Whitehead

112. Here bring your wounded hearts, here tell your anguish; Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal. – Thomas Moore

113. Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. – Xenophon

114. He bit his lip in a manner which immediately awakened my maternal sympathy, and I helped him bite it. – S. J. Perelman

115. To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness. – Ivan Turgenev

116. Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow. – Dirk Benedict

117. A lot of actors find it impossible not to ask for the audience’s sympathy. They have a need to twinkle. – Julian Fellowes

118. We were united not only by political respect for each other, but also by deep mutual sympathy as people. – Helmut Kohl

119. I’d lied many times: to bolster my credentials, to elicit sympathy, to make myself appear less ordinary. – Michael Finkel

120. Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion. – Louise J. Kaplan

121. I have buckets of sympathy for the obese, often subject to cruelty, ridicule, denunciation, and contempt. – Lionel Shriver

122. Developing our sympathetic compassion is not only possible but the only reason for us to be here on earth. – George Saunders

123. After you have wept and grieved for your physical losses, cherish the functions and the life you have left. – Morrie Schwartz

124. Sympathy for victims is always counter-balanced by an equal and opposite feeling of resentment towards them. – Ben Elton

125. It’s hard for me to think of others because I’m not particularly in sympathy with the music of this century. – Alan Hovhaness

126. It is only after one is in trouble that one realizes how little sympathy and kindness there are in the world. – Nellie Bly

127. You are 27 or 28 right? It is very tough to live at that age. When nothing is sure. I have sympathy with you. – Haruki Murakami

128. I don’t think it’s an incredibly radical premise to try and have sympathy for someone who has made a mistake. – Joe Cornish

129. If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point. – Dirk Benedict

130. I grew up an Orthodox Jew, and now I’m not an Orthodox Jew. So I have sympathy for people who lose their faith. – Naomi Alderman

131. If someone needs help, I don’t do tea and sympathy, but I’m honest and practical – that’s how I was brought up. – Deborah Meaden

132. ‘Ninnu Kori’ urges us to take a broader view of life, look past stumbling blocks, and rise above self sympathy. – Nani

133. It’s difficult when you’re on loan, especially when you’re not a young player who people may have sympathy for. – Joe Hart

134. You will find that the woman who is really kind to dogs is always one who has failed to inspire sympathy in men. – Max Beerbohm

135. What’s interesting to me is that people engage survivors from a place of pity all the time – a place of sympathy. – Tarana Burke

136. Poetry is partly sympathy, don’t you think? If it’s any good, it gets people to think about others’ points of view. – Edwin Morgan

137. Interest does not tie nations together; it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them. – Woodrow Wilson

138. I damaged my health during ‘Les Mis,’ which I didn’t want to mention in case it seemed like I was courting sympathy. – Anne Hathaway

139. Truly, it is in darkness that one finds the light, so when we are in sorrow, then this light is nearest of all to us. – Meister Eckhart

140. The loss of a friend is like that of a limb; time may heal the anguish of the wound, but the loss cannot be repaired. – Robert Southey

141. There is a great deal of sympathy amongst workers for the Occupy Wall Street movement. We understand their frustration. – Sharan Burrow

142. I felt bad when George Bush was booed. But only briefly. My sympathy for that man has a half-life of about four seconds. – Dick Cavett

143. Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy; sweat will get you change. – Jesse Jackson

144. The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community. – William James

145. I have sympathy for the people in Syria, and I do think there should be a worldwide response, but we should act cautiously. – Jeff Duncan

146. AIDS had won gays sympathy; they no longer seemed the privileged brats that the general populace had resented in the 1970s. – Edmund White

147. I didn’t feel any remorse or sympathy if I injured a rival. I went over the top a few times but I never broke anyone’s leg. – Peter Storey

148. In externals we advance with lightening express speed, in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion. – Frances E. Willard

149. Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. – Alphonse de Lamartine

150. Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

151. When Oliver Stone and Woody Allen came forward to express sympathy for Mr. Weinstein, everybody rolled their eyes at them, too. – Wesley Morris

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152. It’s important to find characters that share sympathy with a young audience, not just in the story but their role in the world. – Tim Crouch

153. Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men. – Quintus Ennius

154. I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians, and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them. – A. N. Wilson

155. No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock, and it still hurts very deeply. – Billy Graham

156. It is the right of our people to organize to oppose any law and any part of the Constitution with which they are not in sympathy. – Al Smith

157. I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can’t be learnt in lecture halls. – Lionel Blue

158. I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I’ve always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people’s salaries. – Alex Ferguson

159. Extremist perspectives win sympathy and recruits because they offer narratives that claim to identify deep injustices and enemies. – Jonas Gahr Store

160. Kindliness and sympathy, fellowship and understanding, are always good, but best when they come from a distant corner of the world. – Archibald Hill

161. I’m completely indifferent to what genre I read provided that I feel sympathy with how a writer perceives being alive in the world. – Thomas Ligotti

162. We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy. – Richard M. Nixon

163. One’s life has value so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by means of love, friendship, indignation and compassion. – Simone de Beauvoir

164. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. – Khalil Gibran

165. I have always had sympathy for Atletico Madrid because, among other things, I have friends there, and my father always liked Atletico. – Rafael Benitez

166. It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one. – Jerome K. Jerome

167. Grief is a normal and natural response to loss. It is originally an unlearned feeling process. Keeping grief inside increases your pain. – Anne Grant

168. I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one. – Aneurin Bevan

169. The easiest way for readers to connect with characters and feel sympathy is to make the character entertaining, sympathetic and likeable. – Randa Abdel-Fattah

170. We must not permit our respect for the dead or our sympathy for the living to lead us into an act of injustice to the balance of the living. – Davy Crockett

171. I sometimes get that wonderful sympathy between me and the audience, telling me I’ve reached their hearts. And when I do, the thrill is mine. – Kate Smith

172. Come away, O human child: To the waters and the wild with a fairy, hand in hand, For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand. – William Butler Yeats

173. The Who on record were dynamic. Roger Daltrey’s delivery allowed vulnerability without weakness; doubt and confusion, but no plea for sympathy. – Eddie Vedder

174. Manhattan’s probably one of the bluest parts in the country, and Indiana’s definitely one of the redder states. I have sympathy for both sides. – Jim Gaffigan

175. I’m not going to give a courtesy gift to a person who’s going to win, and I’m not going to give a sympathy gift to a person who’s going to lose. – Tim Kaine

176. Taking care of a border security is one of the issues that government has to manage. It is not to be politicised to win votes and gain sympathy. – Urmila Matondkar

177. In Japanese culture, there is a belief that God is everywhere – in mountains, trees, rocks, even in our sympathy for robots or Hello Kitty toys. – Ryuichi Sakamoto

178. The truth is that at the White House and in Congress, you are as likely to find sympathy for animal issues among Republicans as among Democrats. – Matthew Scully

179. We’re so much more likely to feel sympathy for an animal than another person; thus, the best fiction uses animals to define truly humane behavior. – Chuck Palahniuk

180. What is it that distinguishes you and me from the lower animals – from the beasts? More, I say, than anything else, human sympathy – human sympathy. – Robert Green Ingersoll

181. To avoid becoming chronically unemployed, people need more than platitudes offering sympathy. Career reinvention requires encouragement and guidance. – Nina Easton

182. Staying married may have long-term benefits. You can elicit much more sympathy from friends over a bad marriage than you ever can from a good divorce. – P. J. O’Rourke

183. 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

184. It’s hard to penetrate characters who are very cut off and lack empathy and to do it with sympathy. It’s so easy to make a damaged character repugnant. – Siri Hustvedt

185. I want the municipality to be a helping hand to the man with a desire of sympathy, to help the fallen when it is not in their power to help themselves. – John Burns

186. I am not interested in picking up crumbs of compassion thrown from the table of someone who considers himself my master. I want the full menu of rights. – Desmond Tutu

187. I have a lot of sympathy for young people because I realize how disturbed I was. How would I deal with life in the future? What would I do for a living? – Clyde Tombaugh

188. This circus that’s advertised to show and furnish a little amusement for us heathens is owned by a woman, one whose pluck catches my sympathy every time. – Wild Bill Hickok

189. I am a believer in the evolutionary process, and yet I have sympathy for the friends of mine who are creationists. I don’t find the positions incompatible. – John Rhys-Davies

190. Something that’s seldom appreciated about me is that I am in sympathy with a great deal of what Marx wrote, except that I’m on the side of the bourgeoisie. – Niall Ferguson

191. Every footballer plays with the hope that people love to watch you. But, for me, there is no sympathy or interest. I don’t seem to have any charm for fans. – Ryan Babel

192. According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek. – John Buchanan Robinson

193. Good characters don’t believe they’re bad. As long as you as an actor believe in them and try to understand them, it’s not hard to have empathy and sympathy. – Alex Hogh Andersen

194. If I’m feeling outraged, grief, disbelief, frustration, sympathy, that gets channeled through me and into my pictures and hopefully transmitted to the viewer. – James Nachtwey

195. The novelist must look on humanity without partiality or prejudice. His sympathy, like that of the historian, must be unbounded, and untainted by sect or party. – Goldwin Smith

196. Like many people, most Libertarians feel empathy and sympathy for less fortunate people. But they know you can’t have perfection in a world of limited resources. – Harry Browne

197. The professional must learn to be moved and touched emotionally, yet at the same time stand back objectively: I’ve seen a lot of damage done by tea and sympathy. – Anthony Storr

198. Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

199. Criticism in the universities, I’ll have to admit, has entered a phase where I am totally out of sympathy with 95% of what goes on. It’s Stalinism without Stalin. – Harold Bloom

200. When men are arrested without any legal basis and for political reasons, it’s merely a routine, everyday occurrence in Russia, and hardly anyone has any sympathy. – Alexei Navalny

201. I have a theory because I was being beaten up a lot by people outside of school, it was almost like if I could make myself sick enough they’d take sympathy on me. – Daniel Johns

202. I’m constantly amazed by the ability a child has to show sympathy, to read emotions, to get to the heart of any situation. It’s unfiltered and completely inspiring. – David Duchovny

203. I recognise fully why people wear poppies, I totally respect everyone’s right to do so and I have total sympathy for anyone who has lost loved ones due to conflict. – Nemanja Matic

204. I have huge sympathy for Prince William. He was born into a deeply unenviable life that most of us would abhor, and what’s more, he lost his mother at an early age. – Penny Junor

205. I have nothing but sympathy for the people who are forced to work with me. I’m better now at picking out those that want to play that game with me, and those that don’t. – Alton Brown

206. Despite my excellent mood, I don’t have any sympathy for Romney. If he’d been a good candidate he wouldn’t have had a different campaign for every month on the calendar. – Gail Collins

207. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. – Agatha Christie

208. I’m not sympathetic. I have zero sympathy. I understand about emotional eating, I understand how painful the process can be, but I also understand that change is possible. – Jillian Michaels

209. The worst nickname I ever had was Tim Pig-ears-Smith. I had big ears. When I was younger, it was more pronounced. So I felt huge sympathy towards Prince Charles over that. – Tim Pigott-Smith

210. I believe that everyone can appreciate the right of a family to grieve the loss of a loved one in peace, regardless of anyone’s position on the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. – Dave Reichert

211. Ultimately, we’ll help the people we discriminate against if we try to understand more about them; genetics will lead to a world where there is a sympathy for the underdog. – James D. Watson

212. My upbringing has given me sympathy for the idea of isolation and what it is to be a new person in the room, where everyone else has some amount of familiarity and comfort. – Julianne Moore

213. California must be all American or all Chinese. We are resolved that it shall be American, and are prepared to make it so. May we not rely upon your sympathy and assistance? – Denis Kearney

214. No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. – Emma Goldman

215. 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 Grimke

216. I don’t really distinguish between sympathy and honesty when I’m writing. The two go together – I’m interested in inhabiting my characters, seeing the world through their eyes. – Tom Perrotta

217. I have to have a character worth caring about. I tend not to start writing books about people I don’t have a lot of sympathy for because I’m just going to be with them too long. – Richard Russo

218. Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

219. It’s no good being nice and young and naive. There’s no good in that at all. You’ve got to do it all yourself, and you’ve gotta learn quick. And you can’t look for sympathy either. – John Lydon

220. I don’t want to be entertained. I don’t want visuals or musicals. I don’t want a vacation. I don’t want to quit. I don’t want sympathy. The cry of my heart is ‘Just Give Me Jesus.’ – Anne Graham Lotz

221. AI don’t make a big thing out of my race. If you try to preach, people give you a little sympathy and then they want to get out of the way. So you don’t preach; you tell the story. – Jim Brown

222. I can hardly express in words my deep feeling and sympathy for them, knowing as I do, the many serious handicaps and obstacles that will confront them in almost every walk of life. – Major Taylor

223. I have the greatest sympathy with the growth of the socialist party. I think they understand the evils that surround us and hammer them into people’s minds better than we Liberals. – Charles Trevelyan

224. There is something terribly morbid in the modern sympathy with pain. One should sympathise with the colour, the beauty, the joy of life. The less said about life’s sores the better. – Oscar Wilde

225. I take people very seriously. People are all I take seriously, in fact. Therefore, I have nothing but sympathy for how people behave – and nothing but laughter to console them with. – John Irving

226. Reasoned arguments and suggestions which make allowance for the full difficulties of the state of war that exists may help, and will always be listened to with respect and sympathy. – Stafford Cripps

227. Most of my younger Native American friends are not in any way looking for sympathy, and they’re not looking to lay guilt on anybody. They have their dignity, and they do what they do. – Robbie Robertson

228. The rule of friendship means there should be mutual sympathy between them, each supplying what the other lacks and trying to benefit the other, always using friendly and sincere words. – Marcus Tullius Cicero

229. All art is an intensely vulnerable gesture, and it is made with no small amounts of risk, and fear. So, I have plenty of sympathy for self-defense mechanisms, especially among artists. – Steven Erikson

230. There’s a certain amount of sympathy here for the Bush administration’s problem, which is they would like to get rid of Saddam Hussein and they would like to have the Kurds autonomous. – Les Aspin

231. If men and women are to understand each other, to enter into each other’s nature with mutual sympathy, and to become capable of genuine comradeship, the foundation must be laid in youth. – Havelock Ellis

232. Any sympathy won for Aileen Wuornos based on a lie is not sympathy at all. The question is, can we have sympathy for the circumstances of someone’s life? That’s what I was interested in. – Patty Jenkins

233. To the factory farmer, in contrast to the traditional farmer with his sense of honor and obligation, the animals are ‘production units,’ and accorded all the sympathy that term suggests. – Matthew Scully

234. As with the onset of sudden celebrity, for the newly rich, the world often becomes a darker, narrower, less generous place; a paradox that elicits scant sympathy, but is nonetheless true. – Felix Dennis

235. Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children. – Michael Gove

236. Too often, we get attention and sympathy by being a victim. If we’re invested in someone being our villain, we must love being the victim. We have to let go of both characters in the story. – Regina Brett

237. Because I select my players from a feeling that comes to me when I am with them, a certain sympathy you might call it, or a vibration that exists between us that convinces me they are right. – Erich von Stroheim

238. The late Tom Wicker’s biography of Nixon, called ‘One of Us,’ is really quite good: you see the biographer discovering dimensions of sympathy for his subject that he hadn’t expected to feel. – Thomas Mallon

239. I am the son of a small and far-away nation and the other laureates have all come from different countries from all over the world and we all were equally received here with signs of sympathy. – Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

240. I tend to foster drama via bleakness. If I want the reader to feel sympathy for a character, I cleave the character in half, on his birthday. And then it starts raining. And he’s made of sugar. – George Saunders

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241. A creative element is surely present in all great systems, and it does not seem possible that all sympathy or fundamental attitudes of will can be entirely eliminated from any human philosophy. – Morris Raphael Cohen

242. I have sympathy for young people, for their growing pains, but I balk when these growing pains are pushed into the foreground, when you make these young people the only vehicles of life’s wisdom. – Wislawa Szymborska

243. In Shakespeare, unique individuals repudiate the stereotypes demanded by the structure of the play: Shylock commands our sympathy, Barnardine refuses to be hanged. Individuals trump the category. – Iain McGilchrist

244. You have to take strength from the people that love you and the people that love Barbara and the huge number of expressions of sympathy and compassion and support. That has been extremely moving. – Ted Olson

245. Since this war began our sympathy has gone out to all the suffering people who have been dragged into it. Further hundreds of millions have become involved since I spoke at Limerick fortnight ago. – Eamon de Valera

246. In the eyes of the Catholic Church, abortion is a tragedy. Our principle objective must be to try and win greater sympathy for that perspective and for the value of human life from its beginnings. – Vincent Nichols

247. I’m in total sympathy with Dick Smith’s sentiments; I only wish there were grounds for saying we Australians would never tolerate such appalling treatment of refugees being carried out in our name. – Hugh Mackay

248. I think that Jamal Khashoggi was an enemy of the state, and I don’t really think that it’s appropriate for American media institutions to be, you know, trying to generate sympathy. He’s not a hero. – Laura Loomer

249. It is a great consolation for me to remember that the Lord, to whom I had drawn near in humble and child-like faith, has suffered and died for me, and that He will look on me in love and compassion. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

250. Ultimately, knowing God and reading the Word, it helps with patience with people, understanding, empathy and sympathy that they might not have that I have. If God gave it to me, why not exercise it? – Trai Byers

251. We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I’ve got tremendous sympathy for that. – Angela Merkel

252. For reasons historic, aesthetic, and political, we Jews are most attuned to the anti-Semitism of the far Right – and we find the most sympathy among our progressive allies when these are our attackers. – Bari Weiss

253. If the terrorists have the sympathy of people, it’s much harder to find them. So we need people on our side, and that leads us to be responsible leaders of the world, show some concern with the problems. – George Soros

254. My friends would say I’m not the person to go to for tea, a cuddle and sympathy, because I can’t deliver. But if you want something sorted out and need a champion who will stand by your side, that is me. – Deborah Meaden

255. Personally, I have detested Gordon Brown since the moment in 2001 when he tried to make cheap capital out of the Laura Spence affair; as his troubles have piled up, I have felt no sympathy for him at all. – Justin Cartwright

256. I am really drawn to damaged characters, and I have a lot of sympathy for them. Making those complicated characters empathetic is something to strive for. It’s too easy to create a good guy or a good girl. – Paul Haggis

257. The comic novels I did when I was in my 20s had a harder edge – less sympathy for people. Or a sympathy that was harder to detect: Characters’ foibles and obsessive bents were unrelenting, like caricatures. – Lydia Millet

258. It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least. – F. H. Bradley

259. There’s something very beautiful and compelling about someone who has ambition and someone who knows what they want, but it can get a little frustrating at times, so I understand that. I have sympathy for that. – Michael Ealy

260. The relation of landlord and tenant is not an ideal one, but 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

261. I’m a champion for personal differences. I have no sympathy for drug companies that can’t figure out how to make personalized medicine. We could generalize that to ‘All society should be much more personalized.’ – George M. Church

262. Many of the artists who have represented Negro life have seen only the comic, ludicrous side of it, and have lacked sympathy with and appreciation for the warm big heart that dwells within such a rough exterior. – Henry Ossawa Tanner

263. This sympathy is not translated into force against the British government because it is not like the anti- apartheid movement which had a high profile here and Mandela is a more engaging figure than Yasser Arafat. – Tom Paulin

264. I think that a lot of people don’t understand how much discrimination transgender people actually face. They think that we’re just kind of saying it to put it out there and get sympathy, but that’s not true at all. – Jazz Jennings

265. I have deep sympathy with the hundreds of my constituents who fear that legislation for same-sex marriage will profoundly encroach – although this may be unintended – on their right to live according to their faith. – Andrea Leadsom

266. I have a great deal of sympathy for reluctant readers because I was one. I would do anything to avoid reading. In my case, it wasn’t until I was 13 and discovered the ‘Lord of the Rings’ that I learned to love reading. – Rick Riordan

267. Increased sympathy for an Islamist cause, lack of integration, and the absence of acceptance of Muslims into British society makes it harder for Muslims to challenge Islamism and tough for non-Muslims to understand it. – Maajid Nawaz

268. But what you could perhaps do with in these days is a word of most sincere sympathy. Your movement is carried internally by so strong a truth and necessity that victory in one form or another cannot elude you for long. – Hjalmar Schacht

269. Sometimes you look at footballers and think they’re selfish or they don’t bring a good image to society. But sometimes people underestimate footballers and their capacity to have a strong opinion and sympathy for others. – Juan Mata

270. My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners. – Agnes Smedley

271. Those who peacefully gather to express sympathy for the family of Michael Brown must have their rights respected at all times. And journalists must not be harassed or prevented from covering a story that needs to be told. – Eric Holder

272. Any other illness, any other disease that we’re faced with, there’s sympathy and understanding. We get help for those. With mental illness, our go-to is to categorize them as, ‘Oh, they’re crazy,’ to belittle the problem. – Chris Wood

273. If you’re disabled, and you’re trying to achieve your dreams, accept the fact right now that you have to work 500 times more than the average bear next to you. Stop bucking for sympathy, put on your titanium legs, and run. – Maysoon Zayid

274. I can’t understand why someone wouldn’t have a degree of sympathy for people that had to flee their country, travel to try and find their home somewhere, and nobody wants them. How could you not be a little bit sympathetic? – Gary Lineker

275. This is not a country that has had a tremendous sympathy for poor people, so I think that the notion that somehow we have slipped into an era in which poor people don’t matter is not quite the way our history would define it. – Faye Wattleton

276. Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable if playing the part of lovers to an audience. It is equally true that sympathy between actors who are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere. – Ivor Novello

277. Captain Hale, alone, without sympathy or support, save that from above, on the near approach of death asked for a clergyman to attend him. It was refused. He then requested a Bible; that too was refused by his inhuman jailer. – William Hull

278. Fess up, ‘Hunger Games’ fans: Does anyone care about Peeta or find him attractive? He’s the Ron Weasley of the series: he gets points for callow valor and sympathy for his run of bad luck, but he remains a pasty, earnest bore. – Richard Corliss

279. I have a lot of sympathy with the ideas and frustration of the Occupy movement. I absolutely agree with the sense that Wall Street has brought an economic calamity to the middle class and that no one has been held accountable. – Susan Bysiewicz

280. What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like. – Saint Augustine

281. My impressions of the Russian Revolution can be divided into two periods. The first period was when I showed deep sympathy. My second period is one of disappointment. This change was the result of close observation on the spot. – Chiang Kai-shek

282. I believe that we must reach our brother, never toning down our fundamental oppositions, but meeting him when he asks to be met, with a reason for the faith that is in us, as well as with a loving sympathy for them as brothers. – Dorothy Day

283. I spent three and a half years writing the novel ‘Chang & Eng,’ about the conjoined brothers for whom the term ‘Siamese twins’ was contrived, and when I think of these afflicted people, my only emotion is one of profound sympathy. – Darin Strauss

284. I have to express sympathy from the bottom of my heart to those people who were taken as wartime comfort women. As a human being, I would like to express my sympathies, and also as prime minister of Japan I need to apologize to them. – Shinzo Abe

285. Neymar doesn’t need to act – he’s an excellent player, and he has everything a high-level player needs. He’s one of the top five players in the world; why does he need to act? It doesn’t bring him sympathy, and it’s not good for him. – Lothar Matthaus

286. Thinking back to how it fell apart for Mourinho at Chelsea, I do have some sympathy for him. At most clubs it is the manager who determines the long-term stability of the players but at Chelsea it seems very much the other way round. – Eniola Aluko

287. That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind. – William Wordsworth

288. I’ve always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it’s been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you’ve given something planetary status it’s kind of mean to take it away. – Jared Leto

289. Justice must be done in investigating the tragic death of Mr. Freddie Gray. His family deserves our deepest sympathy and respect for their loss, and our admiration for their courage in calling us, as a city, to act as our better selves. – Martin O’Malley

290. Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor. – Benjamin Disraeli

291. The knowledge that we have brother scouts working in the same uniform, to the same ends, in the same way, in all corners of the Empire, cannot but make scouts proud of their brotherhood, and cannot fail to bring them into closer sympathy. – Robert Baden-Powell

292. A person who has sympathy for mankind in the lump, faith in its future progress, and desire to serve the great cause of this progress, should be called not a humanist, but a humanitarian, and his creed may be designated as humanitarianism. – Irving Babbitt

293. To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. – Queen Elizabeth II

294. It’s not very interesting to establish sympathy for people who, on the surface, are instantly sympathetic. I guess I’m always attracted to people who, if their lives were headlines in a newspaper, you might not be very sympathetic about them. – John Irving

295. Queen Paola and I will never forget the ties that have grown between the people and us during the course of the years. Thank you for your confidence, tokens of sympathy and support, sometimes even with a little criticism. We always loved you. – Albert II of Belgium

296. Pierre Curie came to see me and showed a simple and sincere sympathy with my student life. Soon he caught the habit of speaking to me of his dream of an existence consecrated entirely to scientific research, and he asked me to share that life. – Marie Curie

297. It’s a game that just takes so much out of you. Every aspect of your life has to be very narrow, very focused. Everything else has to go away. And because of that, I think it’s obviously not healthy. The last thing I’m looking for is sympathy. – Alex Rodriguez

298. With a film, you just don’t have time to build sympathy for the character. But I think we’re moving away from that in TV. With TV, you have a little more leeway to allow them to rise and fall and rise again and be much more complicated beings. – Rachel McAdams

299. More negatives write than call. It’s a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic. – John Hall

300. The American people want something terse, forcible, picturesque, striking – something that will arrest their attention, enlist their sympathy, arouse their indignation, stimulate their imagination, convince their reason, awaken their conscience. – Joseph Pulitzer

301. I have sympathy for anyone who finds consolation anywhere we can. And many people do find it in religious tradition as it has been. I mean, I love much of that tradition. But somehow, that just didn’t speak to me in the way that it does to some. – Elaine Pagels

302. At a family’s most difficult time, I want to make sure at a minimum that they have the very basic of comforts: the ability to grieve their loss privately and the knowledge that their country is grateful for their loved one’s sacrifice and service. – Dave Reichert

303. Jewish Americans weren’t just integrated, like other ethnic and religious groups. They also attracted a particular sympathy and admiration, rooted in Holocaust remembrance, affection for Israel, and a distinctive pride in the scope of their success. – Ross Douthat

304. The mission of ‘8 Mile’ is essentially to garner sympathy for a white rapper involved in an old-school shootout – a rap contest. This may be the final frontier for pop, more unbelievable than the prospect of launching a member of ‘N Sync into orbit. – Elvis Mitchell

305. Authors are not a special case, deserving of more sympathy than many other groups. We are a particular case of a general degradation of the quality of life, and we are not going to stop pointing it out, because we speak for many other groups as well. – Philip Pullman

306. I say to people who care for people who are dying, if you really love that person and want to help them, be with them when their end comes close. Sit with them – you don’t even have to talk. You don’t have to do anything but really be there with them. – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

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307. I’ve always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You’re trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that’s about so you can represent it. – Edward Norton

308. Sympathy relies on a common experience. If you’re clumsy, you might have sympathy for others who tend to bump into things. Empathy, on the other hand, is the ability to understand another person’s feelings even if you’ve never experienced them yourself. – Joe Gebbia

309. I think we lost a great deal of sympathy and support with the way in which the crisis was handled, most importantly I think when we appeared to be grasping for too much at one time instead of identifying our priorities in a much more responsible fashion. – Billy Tauzin

310. Pretty much all the drivers I get on with, at least to say ‘Hi’ and have a conversation. But when the helmet’s on, you don’t care who it is. You have no sympathy: someone blows an engine in front of you, if it means you gain a position, then you’re smiling. – Daniel Ricciardo

311. I belong to a nation which over the past centuries has experienced many hardships and reverses. The world reacted with silence or with mere sympathy when Polish frontiers were crossed by invading armies and the sovereign state had to succumb to brutal force. – Lech Walesa

312. It was no easy feat becoming Dominick Dunne. Think about it. He was the most celebrated chronicler of downtrodden socialites. He feasted on their famine with little sympathy or admiration for their formerly exalted positions. Yet somehow they invited him back. – Dan Abrams

313. I have embraced crying mothers who have lost their children because our politicians put their personal agendas before the national good. I have no patience for injustice, no tolerance for government incompetence, no sympathy for leaders who fail their citizens. – Donald Trump

314. In documentary filmmaking, there’s a tradition of telling stories about victims. We often do that from a very patronizing place, but mostly we do it from a very selfish place, to reassure ourselves that our lives are in sympathy and solidarity with the victims. – Joshua Oppenheimer

315. There should be a sympathy with freedom, a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order. – William E. Gladstone

316. Men we shall have only as we make manhood the object of the work of the schools – intelligence, broad sympathy, knowledge of the world that was and is, and of the relation of men to it – this is the curriculum of that Higher Education which must underlie true life. – W. E. B. Du Bois

317. IT is mere coincidence that Cooper was born in the year which produced The Power of Sympathy and that when he died Uncle Tom’s Cabin was passing through its serial stage, and yet the limits of his life mark almost exactly the first great period of American fiction. – Carl Clinton Van Doren

318. Okay, so, sometimes in life, I can be a score-keeper – someone who keeps track of what he gives and what he gets in return. An annoying quality, to say the least, and I’m sure my wife has your sympathy, but it’s made me highly attuned to when and where credit is due. – Mark Feuerstein

319. If our hearts are ready for anything, we can open to our inevitable losses, and to the depths of our sorrow. We can grieve our lost loves, our lost youth, our lost health, our lost capacities. This is part of our humanness, part of the expression of our love for life. – Tara Brach

320. Obviously, Jay-Z is one of the greatest entertainers of the world today. Not only is he a remarkable rhetorical genius, he’s also a man of deep sympathy and empathy for those who are lost and vulnerable, but especially under-educated youth of all cultures and stripes. – Michael Eric Dyson

321. Sonia Gandhi and her husband have always been persons I look at with a lot of respect. Of course, one of the reasons we look at India with a lot of sympathy and enthusiasm is Sonia Gandhi. Now she is Indian, not Italian, but she will always represent a myth for Italians. – Luca Cordero di Montezemolo

322. Badges mean nothing in themselves, but they mark a certain achievement and they are a link between the rich and the poor. For when one girl sees a badge on a sister Scout’s arm, if that girl has won the same badge, it at once awakens an interest and sympathy between them. – Juliette Gordon Low

323. In 1800, in the first interparty contest, the Federalists warned that presidential candidate Thomas Jefferson, because of his sympathy expressed at the outset of the French Revolution, was ‘the son of a half-breed Indian squaw’ who would put opponents under the guillotine. – Robert Dallek

324. Our late Leader, Dr. Sun Yat-sen, with his universal sympathy for all oppressed and his profound understanding of Jesus’ revolutionary spirit of love and sacrifice, carried on his revolutionary work for forty years and brought about at last the liberation of the Chinese people. – Chiang Kai-shek

325. When you’ve been raised in care, rap music isn’t just about guns and sexism. They’re talking about real things you can hang on to, problems of identity that you have sympathy with. It’s not just about the music, with rap: when I was in care, it meant a whole lot more than that. – Samantha Morton

326. Unfair discrimination exists whether we like it or not; I wouldn’t have married a gum-chewing vegetarian. Ultimately, we’ll help the people we discriminate against if we try to understand more about them; genetics will lead to a world where there is a sympathy for the underdog. – John Kendrew

327. Here’s my rule: You always want to pay cash for your own books, because if they look at the name on the credit card and then they look at the name on the book jacket, then there’s this look of such profound sympathy for you that you had to resort to this. It really is withering. – Carl Hiaasen

328. Sympathy is one of the principles most widely rooted in our nature: we rejoice to see ourselves reflected in another; and, perversely enough, we sometimes have a secret pleasure in seeing the sin which dwells in ourselves existing under a deformed and monstrous aspect in another. – William Godwin

329. The man Dickens, whom the world at large thought it knew, stood for all the Victorian virtues – probity, kindness, hard work, sympathy for the down-trodden, the sanctity of domestic life – even as his novels exposed the violence, hypocrisy, greed, and cruelty of the Victorian age. – Robert Gottlieb

330. Fanatics end by subverting their own argument. For instance, animal rights activists have some point, and many people feel sympathy with them. But animal rights fanatics do not have a point. They are the sort of people who threaten human beings in their effort to ‘defend’ animals. – Douglas Murray

331. I wasn’t embarrassed that I’d had a stroke, but I just didn’t want people to think I was milking it or looking for sympathy. It happened, and I dealt with it. Afterwards, I tried to do what I could for other people who had strokes, speaking at hospitals that treated stroke victims. – Rod Laver

332. True Scouts are the best friends of animals, for from living in the woods and wilds, and practising observation and tracking, they get to know more than other people about the ways and habits of birds and animals, and therefore they understand them and are more in sympathy with them. – Robert Baden-Powell

333. Women are about the best lovers of nature, after all; at least of nature in her milder and more familiar forms. The feminine character, the feminine perceptions, intuitions, delicacy, sympathy, quickness, are more responsive to natural forms and influences than is the masculine mind. – John Burroughs

334. You can’t have empathy for somebody that’s gone through something you haven’t – because, definitionally, you can’t. But you can feel for them and have sympathy for them. And that’s what this country needs to practice more. It’s about realizing that you do come from a different place. – David Hogg

335. Abstract sympathy with the working class as an economic entity is easy, but the feeling can vanish on contact with actual members of the group, who often arrive with disturbing beliefs and powerful resentments – who might not sound or look like people urban progressives want to know. – George Packer

336. We all have to announce our full solidarity with the struggle of those seeking freedom and justice in Syria, and translate this sympathy into a clear political vision that supports a peaceful transition to a democratic system of rule that reflects the demands of the Syrian people for freedom. – Mohammed Morsi

337. I have every sympathy for writers. It’s a mystery to me what they do. I can edit. I can cross out and say, ‘I’m not saying that’ or, ‘How about we move this to here? Wouldn’t that make that bit of the story better?’ But where any of it comes from is beyond me. I will never write a play or a novel. – Alan Rickman

338. In grade one and two, I was definitely into heavy metal and Satanic rock music, bands that had attributes that were quote-unquote ‘Satanic,’ even things like the Rolling Stones with ‘Their Satanic Majesties Request’ and ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ but also like Motley Crue and Kiss and Alice Cooper. – Tobias Forge

339. As far as I’m concerned, I own my dogs as I own my body. My legs are with me when I take a shower, and I feel no shame. If I were to lose one, I’d grieve, and people would send sympathy cards, but it would be my condition that evoked the sympathy, not the fate of the leg. That’s like losing a dog. – Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

340. When our bodies are sick and people extend their sympathy, bring us soup, offer up solutions. When our minds are sick, people tend to shy away from you, be afraid, or call you outright crazy. I’m fascinated by the way society and individuals view mental illness, and most of my shorts comment on that. – Anna Akana

341. Labor should be recognized as entitled to consult with management in the mutual interest. Labor cannot be driven, and business cannot be successful unless the men employed in it are enthusiastic and loyal. That loyalty cannot be obtained with a big stick; it must be based upon fair dealing and sympathy. – Charles M. Schwab

342. There are two classes of women in Soviet Russia. There is the professional class, which has taken the place of the nobility and includes government officials, artists, doctors, composers and writers as well as former members of the old nobility whose sympathy is with the Soviets, and also the peasant class. – Elsa Schiaparelli

343. One might expect that the families of murder victims would be showered with sympathy and support, embraced by their communities. But in reality they are far more likely to feel isolated, fearful, and ashamed, overwhelmed by grief and guilt, angry at the criminal-justice system, and shunned by their old friends. – Eric Schlosser

344. I am convinced that, despite what you think of Obama, I don’t think Obama has a person-to-person connection with people. I think people love him because of his race and feel sorry for him, object of sympathy. I think people feel he’s a victim, he portrays himself as a victim of America; he gets sympathy that way. – Rush Limbaugh

345. In order that people who suffer from depression seek treatment without a second thought, the stigmas must further fall until we reach a point in time when that person with leukemia and that person with depression both receive the same level of sympathy and the same level of rigorous treatment. Both people deserve it. – Gayle Forman

346. It is in Rousseau’s writing above all that history begins to turn from upper-class honour to middle-class humanitarianism. Pity, sympathy and compassion lie at the centre of his moral vision. Values associated with the feminine begin to infiltrate social existence as a whole, rather than being confined to the domestic sphere. – Terry Eagleton

347. I have always thought it a great privilege to have as my colleague in the Palit Chair of Chemistry such a distinguished pioneer in scientific research and education in Bengal as Sir Prafulla Ray. It has been invariably my experience that I could count on his cooperation and sympathy in every matter concerning my scientific work. – C. V. Raman

348. In fiction, imaginary people become realer to us than any named celebrity glimpsed in a series of rumored events, whose causes and subtler ramifications must remain in the dark. An invented figure like Anna Karenina or Emma Bovary emerges fully into the light of understanding, which brings with it identification, sympathy and pity. – John Updike

349. Sometimes, in the midst of a tragedy like the Newton massacre, we witness incredible acts of valor, tenderness, grace, and decency. We saw it from Sandy Hook Elementary School’s teachers, students, and parents, as well as from their community and country. The outpouring of sympathy and help has been touching and, at times, inspiring. – Campbell Brown

350. In the early days of the Russian Revolution in 1917, I was completely in sympathy with it. I felt that it established a new era in the history of the modern world. I was so overwhelmed by it that, if people made any unfriendly comment, I would vigorously defend it. If people condemned the Communist party, I would speak in its defense. – Chiang Kai-shek

351. What is the meaning of ‘gossip?’ Doesn’t it originate with sympathy, an interest in one’s neighbor, degenerating into idle curiosity and love of tattling? Which is worse, this habit, or keeping one’s self so absorbed intellectually as to forget the sufferings and cares of others, to lose sympathy through having too much to think about? – Lucy Larcom

352. As a Scot, I instinctively feel a sympathy towards a culture which is based on generosity. It’s very refreshing. Afghans think they’re the best people in the world and their country is the best place in the world, and it’s strange because you go there and it doesn’t really look like it, and yet they assume that everybody else envies them. – Rory Stewart

353. Human rights are standards of behavior that are inherent in every human being. They are the core principles underpinning human interaction in society. These include liberty, due process or justice, and freedom of religious beliefs. I find little sympathy with efforts to try to equate Internet access with these higher, fundamental concepts. – Michael O’Rielly

354. I have several close friends who are insomniacs. Over the years, I’ve heard their stories about being up in the middle of the night, completely awake. I see them yawn at 11 A.M. and know that, regardless of what they are doing, they’d probably rather be in bed sleeping. I’ve always had sympathy for them, but I’ve never really understood it. – Brad Feld

355. If you want to devote yourself to the arts, you’d better do it strictly from passion, because there is zero guarantee that you’ll get anywhere. The hardest thing is dealing with business people who have nothing to do with your art. They could care less that you’re up at 4:30 in the morning writing a joke. Don’t expect any sympathy from anybody. – Richard Lewis

356. As human beings, we all have reasons for our behavior. There may be people who have certain physiological issues that dictate why they make certain choices. On the whole, though, I think we’re dictated by our structure, our past, our environment, our culture. So once you understand the patterns that shape a person, how can you not find sympathy? – Forest Whitaker

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