The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. ― Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross from Death: The Final Stage of Growth
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
― Albert Einstein from The Ultimate Quotable Einstein
Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.
― Dalai Lama XIV from The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living
There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.
― John Holmes
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.