When a man has pity on all living creatures then only is he noble.
The dew of compassion is a tear.
Byron, Lord George Gordon Noel
Pity is not natural to man. Children and savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; but we have not pity unless we wish to relieve him.
Johnson, Dr Samuel
Until he extends his circle of compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
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