“You can get all A’s and still flunk life.”
“Can I see another’s woe, and not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another’s grief, and not seek for kind relief?”
William Blake, “On Another’s Sorrow”
“…[Compassion] means not indifference to our times and our neighbors: it means absorption in time. And absorption in our neighbors. It means forgetfulness of self in others. It means entering into every man’s hopes and fears, longing and despairs … It means not that we should live one life, but a thousand lives – bind ourselves to a thousand souls by the filaments of so loving a sympathy that their lives become ours.”