Quotes have a strange power to change people’s perceptions and even lives. I believe we’ve all experienced at least one moment in our lives in which a phrase said by someone or read somewhere made us pause and think about it for a long time, even after the moment passed.
I gathered in this post 47 of the quotes I have collected over the years, which shaped me in different ways, at different moments in life. Hope they will inspire you to get closer to yourself, to others and unleash your authentic voice.
Compassion comes from the Latin word “compati,” which means “to suffer with.” So it is more than mere empathy and care. It is the desire to help someone who is suffering and to be able to help that person ease their pain.
1. I will never know the bigger picture of anyone’s life, so it is best not to judge it.” – Unknown
2. “Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbara Kingsolver
3. “Kindness begins with the understanding that we all struggle.” – Charles Glassman.
4. “The way you see people is the way you treat them and the way you treat them is what they become.” – Jon Wolfgang von Goethe
5. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” – Plato
6. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli.
7. “Let our hearts be stretched out in compassion toward others, for everyone is walking his or her own difficult path.” – Dieter F. Uchtdorf
8. “Too often, we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia.
9. “Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan
10. “We can’t heal the world today, but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, an act of kindness.” – Mary Davis
11. “Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.” – Rachael Joy Scott
12. “Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.” – Anonymous.
13. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Jack Kornfield
14. “When we give ourselves compassion, we are opening our hearts in a way that can transform our lives.” – Kristin Neff
15. “Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.” – Bob Kerrey.
16. “People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
17. “Compassion is the greatest form of love humans have to offer.” – Rachael Joy Scott
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18. “These pains you feel are messengers. Listen to them.” —Rumi
19. “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.” – Maya Angelou.
20. “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” —Aristotle
21. “Having compassion starts and ends with having compassion for all those unwanted parts of ourselves.” – Pema Chodron.
22. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” —Rumi
23. “How you love yourself is how you teach others to love you.” —Rupi Kaur
24. “Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.” —Brené Brown
25. “We do not have the right to feel helpless. We must help ourselves. After destiny has delivered what it delivers, we are responsible for our lives.” —Cheryl Strayed
26. “Love yourself unconditionally, just as you love those closest to you despite their faults.” —Les Brown
27. “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” —Rumi
28. “If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.” —Charles Bukowski
29. “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” —Rumi
30. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but we rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” —Maya Angelou
31. “Loneliness is a sign you are in desperate need of yourself.” ―Rupi Kaur
32. You are loved. You are important, you are wanted and needed in this world.
We live in a world where we all need to be emotionally, physically, and spiritually empowered. Nowadays, we want to do so many things. Society demands so much of ourselves, and most of the time, we finish the days, the weeks, the years feeling tired, overwhelmed and disempowered.
Fortunately, we can always use quotes and affirmations to lift our souls and regain our self-esteem. We are not alone. Somewhere in the world, there is someone who went through the same pain as you and managed to uncover the wisdom behind it. Let their wisdom be your guide.
33. “Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.” —Unknown.
34. “Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.” —Demi Lovato.
35. “Grow through what you go through.” —Unknown
36. “I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” —Charlotte Brontë.
37. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” —Oprah Winfrey.
38. “In life, there is no real safety except for self-belief.” —Madonna
39. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
40. “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” —Henry Ford
41. “Believe in your infinite potential. Your only limitations are those you set upon yourself.” —Roy T. Bennett
42. “The Universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself, everything that you want, you already are.” —Rumi
43. “Trust the timing of your life.” —Unknown
44. “A person can rise through the efforts of his own mind or draw himself down in the same manner. Because each person is his own friend or enemy.” —Bhagavad Gita
45. “I know you’re tired but come, this is the way.” —Rumi
46. “When you are grateful, fear disappears, and abundance appears.” —Tony Robbins
47. “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible.” —Audrey Hepburn.
I hope these quotes resonated with you and helped you refocus your attention on things that really matter in this world—not treating yourself as a victim, loving yourself and being compassionate with all the creatures and people who come into your way.
We all walk difficult paths in our lives, so why not help and lift each other rather than judge and push apart from one another?
I have to say, my heart, my soul, my whole being is longing to see acts of kindness and compassion spread around the world like the wind.
There is a need for this. I know this is true for all of us. We gather too much suffering in our hearts, and loving ourselves is the only remedy for this. It is the hardest and yet the most transformative thing we can do. We all have access to it and it all starts with compassion. Compassion for our struggles, our wounds, for ourselves. The only ones we can truly change in this life are ourselves and no one else.
For me, loving myself is the hardest and challenging thing I’m experimenting within this life. I still judge, compare, ignore and blame myself. But, day by day, week by week, month by month, year by year, I am learning to soften up, not let my fears run me, and be kinder and more compassionate towards myself, my mistakes, and my failures.
No one taught us how to love ourselves, so we need to teach ourselves how to love ourselves. Nothing in this world is truly accomplished and complete if it’s not out of the love we have for ourselves. Because how can we love and give others something that we don’t offer ourselves first?
Thank you, Jordan Rakei – Family — for inspiring me to write these words.
Remember to love yourself,