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180 Sympathy Quotes for All Occasions

Sympathy Quotes for All Occasions

Collection of famous sympathy quotes by famous people across the globe to express their condolences and sympathy towards others for all occasions.

Sympathy is the perception, understanding, and reaction to the distress or need of another life form. This sympathetic concern is driven by a switch in viewpoint from a personal perspective to the perspective of another group or individual who is in need.

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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

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.

— Corrie Ten Boom

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

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

When sorrows come they come not single spies but in battalions.

— William Shakespeare

If there was less sympathy in the world there would be less trouble in the world.

— Oscar Wilde

We should feel sorrow but not sink under its oppression.

— Confucius

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

Tears are the silent language of grief.

— Voltaire

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

— Victor Hugo

Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.

— Dante Alighieri

Happiness is beneficial for the body but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

— Marcel Proust

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

— Aeschylus

Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep a bath and a glass of wine.

— Thomas Aquinas

Remember me with smiles and laughter for that is how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears then don’t remember me at all.

— Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

Great grief does not of itself put an end to itself.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Our trials our sorrows and our grieves develop us.

— Orison Swett Marden

Excessive sorrow laughs. Excessive joy weeps.

— William Blake

It is foolish to tear one’s hair in grief as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

Grief is the price we pay for love.

— Queen Elizabeth II

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

— Ovid

Grief can’t be shared. Everyone carries it alone. His own burden in his own way.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

There is no grief like the grief that does not speak.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A sorrow’s crown of sorrow is remembering happier times.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.

— James Russell Lowell

The more sympathy you give the less you need.

— Malcolm Forbes

I will indulge my sorrows and give way to all the pangs and fury of despair.

— Joseph Addison

If you suppress grief too much it can well redouble.

— Moliere

Grief changes shape but it never ends.

— Keanu Reeves

I think loss of loved ones is the hardest blow in life.

— Marlo Thomas

Here bring your wounded hearts here tell your anguish Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.

— Thomas More

The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.

— Washington Irving

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

— Alphonse de Lamartine

People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

— Ann Landers

Sorrow is so easy to express and yet so hard to tell.

— Joni Mitchell

Excess of grief for the dead is madness for it is an injury to the living and the dead know it not.

— Xenophon

One often calms one’s grief by recounting it.

— Pierre Corneille

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

Any mind that is capable of real sorrow is capable of good.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

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

— Anne Grant

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

— Nigella Lawson

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

— Dirk Benedict

Those who weep recover more quickly than those who smile.

— Jean Giraudoux

The cure for sorrow is to learn something.

— Barbara Sher

The only cure for grief is action.

— George Henry Lewes

A crowd always thinks with its sympathy never with its reason.

— William R. Alger

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

— Ivan Turgenev

Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.

— Charles Henry Parkhurst

Grief is only the memory of widowed affections.

— James Martineau

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.

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

It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.

— Henry David Thoreau

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

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

The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.

— William James

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

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

And whoever walks a furlong without sympathy walks to his own funeral drest in his shroud.

— Walt Whitman

Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.

— George Eliot

Both tears and sweat are salty but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy sweat will get you change.

— Jesse Jackson

I’m not looking for sympathy at all.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

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

Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.

— Robert Browning

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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

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

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy but by direct intercourse and sympathy.

— Richard M. Nixon

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

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

— Anne Sullivan

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

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.

— Johnny Rotten

Interest does not tie nations together it sometimes separates them. But sympathy and understanding does unite them.

— Woodrow Wilson

Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.

— Henri Frederic Amiel

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

— Hugh Jackman

The humanitarian lays stress almost solely upon breadth of knowledge and sympathy.

— Irving Babbitt

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

— George MacDonald

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

Sympathy is charming but it does not make up for pain.

— Lillie Langtry

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

The true humanist maintains a just balance between sympathy and selection.

— Irving Babbitt

Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.

— Edward Gibbon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I very much dislike the intolerance and moralism of many Christians and feel more sympathy with Honest Doubters than with them.

— A. N. Wilson

Deliberately seek opportunities for kindness sympathy and patience.

— Evelyn Underhill

Children even infants are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.

— Louise J. Kaplan

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

September 11th was a moment when America had the sympathy of the world.

— Tom Ford

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

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

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

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

Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.

— Florence Nightingale

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

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

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

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

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

— Fritz Sauckel

I never ask for mercy and seek no one’s sympathy.

— Conrad Black

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

We are living at a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.

— Samuel Hopkins Adams

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

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

— Bob Feller

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

— Nellie Bly

He bit his lip in a manner which immediately awakened my maternal sympathy and I helped him bite it.

— S. J. Perelman

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

Recognition of belligerency as an expression of sympathy is all very well.

— Henry Cabot Lodge

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

— Ben Elton

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

Motherhood is at its best when the tender chords of sympathy have been touched.

— Paul Harris

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whether rich people make money or lose money they get no sympathy from the public.

— Gary Ackerman

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

— Seth Green

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

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

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

— Anson Mount

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

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

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

— Terry Prachett

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

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

We were united not only by political respect for each other but also by deep mutual sympathy as people.

— Helmut Kohl

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

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

They weren’t impatient for the boys to turn into cartoons again. They awarded sympathy gave compassion. Because deep down they had found parts of themselves in the characters. You said it George.

— Audrey Meadows

Although I’m Australian I find myself much more in sympathy with the Austrian version!

— David Chalmers

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

Men are often biased in their judgment on account of their sympathy and their interests.

— George William Norris

In externals we advance with lightening express speed in modes of thought and sympathy we lumber on in stage-coach fashion.

— Frances E. Willard

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

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

Sympathy with nature is part of a good person’s religion.

— Francis Herbert Hedge

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

My guitar was loud as hell and I had no sympathy for anybody else.

— Brownie McGhee

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

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

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

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

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

— Laura Carmichael

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

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

— Alan Hovhaness

I have great sympathy for people that are infertile but a life is not something you can give away.

— Mary Beth Whitehead

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

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

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

— Joe Cornish

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

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

Teetotallers lack the sympathy and generosity of men that drink.

— W. H. Davies

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

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.

— Alfred E. Smith

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

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

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