Quotes about Love, Compassion and Unity

interfaith compassion

Buddhism

“If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.”
Gautama Buddha

“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.”
– The Buddha

“When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.”
― The Buddha

Christianity

“Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” (Paul, Romans 12:15)

“People may excite in themselves a glow of compassion, not by toasting their feet at the fire, and saying: ‘Lord, teach me compassion,’ but by going and seeking an object that requires compassion.” – Henry Ward Beecher

“We must love them both, those whose opinions we share and those whose opinions we reject, for both have labored in the search for truth, and both have helped us in finding it.”
Thomas Aquinas

“If you love Jesus Christ more than you fear human judgment, then you will not only speak of compassion, but act with it. Compassion means seeing your friend and your enemy in equal need, and helping both equally. It demands that you seek and find the stranger, the broken, the prisoner, and comfort him and offer her your help. Herein lies the holy compassion of God that causes the devil much distress.”

– Mechthild of Magdeburg

Hinduism

“This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.”
Mahabharata 5:1517

“Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If not, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.”
– Swami Vivekananda

“The essence of Hinduism is the same essence of all true religions: Bhakti or pure love for God and genuine compassion for all beings.”
– Radhanath Swami

Islam

“Know that the world is one stage of the journey to God Most High. All in this station are travelers. Since the destination of the journey of this caravan of travelers is the same, they are all as one. There must be friendship and unity among them and mutual aid……………Those who love each other in God, they are the friends of God Most High.”
(Muḥammad Al Ghazali, The Duties of Brotherhood, in The Alchemy of Happiness, Book XV)

“O marvel! a garden among the flames… My heart has become capable of all forms. It is a meadow for gazelles and a monastery for Christian monks, A temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka’ba, The Tables of the Law and the Book of the Koran. I profess the religion of Love, and whatever direction its steed may take, Love is my religion and my faith.”
(Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Arabi, Tarjuman al-Ashwaq)

“Come so we may speak to each other from spirit to spirit, talk to each other in a way hidden from eyes and ears.

Let us laugh without lips and teeth just as the rose garden.

Let us discourse without lips and mouth just as the thought.

Let us tell the secret of the world completely with our mouth closed as the level of ‘Aql al-Awwal (the First Intellect) and in the awareness of God’s existence.

Nobody talks to himself with a loud voice. Since we are all one, let us call out to each other from our hearts without mouths or lips………….Let us give up conversation made with our tongues and vibrate our hearts.”
(Rumi, Divani-i Kabir)

Jainism

“Live and let live. Love all – Serve all.”
– Lord Mahavir

“All Souls are alike and potentially divine. None is Superior or Inferior.”
– Lord Mahavir

“Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved.”
– Tattvarthasutra 7.11

Judaism

“Love of all creatures is also love of God, for whoever loves the One (God) loves all the works that He has made. When one loves God, it is impossible not to love His creatures. The opposite is also true. If one hates the creatures, it is impossible to love God Who created them.”
(Maharal of Prague, Nesivos Olam, Ahavas haRe’i, 1)

“Compassion is the feeling of empathy which the pain of one being of itself awakens in another; and the higher and more human the beings are, the more keenly attuned are they to re-echo the note of suffering which, like a voice from heaven, penetrates the heart, bringing to all creatures a proof of their kinship in the universal God. And as for the human being, whose function it is to show respect and love for God’s universe and all its creatures, his heart has been created so tender that it feels with the whole organic world…so that if nothing else, the very nature of his heart must teach him that he is required above everything else to feel himself the brother of all beings, and to recognize the claim of all beings to his love and beneficence.” (Horeb, chapter 17, section 125).

“Do not suppress this compassion, this sympathy especially with the sufferings of your fellowman. It is the warning voice of duty, which points out to you your brother in every sufferer, and your own sufferings in his, and awakens the love which tells you that you belong to him and his sufferings with all the powers that you have. Do not suppress it! … See in it the admonition of God that you are to have no joy so long as a brother suffers by your side.” (Ibid., Section 126).

Native American

“This we know, all things are connected.
Like the blood which unites one family, all things are connected.
Our God is the same God, whose compassion is equal for all.”
— Chief Seattle

All men were made brothers.
The earth is the mother of all people,
and all people should have equal rights upon it.
— Chief Joseph

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson
about a battle that goes on inside people.

He said, “My son, the battle is between
two “wolves” inside us all.

One is Evil.
It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed,
arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies,
false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good.
It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute
and then asked his grandfather:
“Which wolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied,
“The one you feed.”

—A Native American Metaphor

Taoism

“Simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
Simple in actions and thoughts, you return to the source of being.
Patient with both friends and enemies,
you accord with the way things are.
Compassionate toward yourself,
you reconcile all beings in the world.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.”
― Lao Tzu

“If a person seems wicked, do not cast him away. Awaken him with your words, elevate him with your deeds, repay his injury with your kindness. Do not cast him away; cast away his wickedness.”
― Lao Tzu

I hope you enjoyed these quotes about love, compassion and oneness from different Paths. Reading through them all in one sitting, I get a wonderful sense of all Paths leading us back to the same Source which resonates with an inner knowing of our connectedness…

Love and Blessings,

Lisa