All our relationships are person-to-person. They involve people seeing, hearing, touching, and speaking to each other; they involve sharing goods; and they involve moral values like generosity and compassion.
I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
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.
Anyone who is practicing understanding and compassion can exemplify true power. Anyone can be a Buddha.
The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion.
Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
You may call God love, you may call God goodness. But the best name for God is compassion.
Meditation is to get insight, to get understanding and compassion, and when you have them, you are compelled to act.
I work with a group called Compassion & Choices in California. It’s attempting to get death with dignity legalised in California, the idea being that so goes California, so goes the rest of the U.S., at least.