When someone close to you has suffered a loss or is going through a tough time, it can be hard to know what to say. Let YourDictionary’s selection of sympathy quotes help you send your condolences.
But there is one thing which we are responsible for, and that is for our sympathies, for the manner in which we regard it, and for the tone in which we discuss it. What shall we say, then, with regard to it? On which side shall we stand?john bright
Sympathy beyond the confines of man, that is, humanity to the lower animals, seems to be one of the latest moral acquisitions.charles darwin
For thou hast given me in this beauteous face, A world of earthly blessings to my soul, If sympathy of love unite our thoughts.william shakespeare
I ask Thee for a thankful love, Through constant watching wise, To meet the glad with joyful smiles, And to wipe the weeping eyes, And a heart at leisure from itself, To soothe and sympathize.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength not my weakness.Amos Bronson Alcott
Pity and need Make all flesh kin. There is no caste in blood.edwin arnold
Of a truth, men are mystically united: a mystic bond of brotherhood makes all men one.thomas carlyle
Our souls sit close and silently within, And their own web from their own entrails spin; And when eyes meet far off, our sense is such, That, spider like, we feel the tenderest touch.john dryden
The secrets of life are not shown except to sympathy and likeness.ralph waldo emerson
The craving for sympathy is the common boundary-line between joy and sorrow.
We pine for kindred natures To mingle with our own.felicia hemans
Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other's good, and melt at other's woe.homer
World-wide apart, and yet akin, As showing that the human heart Beats on forever as of old.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
For I no sooner in my heart divin'd, My heart, which by a secret harmony Still moves with thine, joined in connection sweet.john milton
If thou art something bring thy soul and interchange with mine.Friedrich Schiller
It [true love] is the secret sympathy, The silver link, the silken tie, Which heart to heart, and mind to mind In body and in soul can bind.walter scott
We often do more good by our sympathy than by our labors. A man may lose position, influence, wealth, and even health, and yet live on in comfqrt, if with resignation; but there is one thing without which life becomes a burden that is human sympathy.
The capacity of sorrow belongs to our grandeur, and the loftiest of our race are those who have had the profoundest sympathies, because they have had the profoundest sorrows.henry giles
Certain it is, that as nothing can better do it; so there is nothing greater, for which God made our tongues, next to reciting His praises, than to minister comfort to a weary soul.jeremy taylor
There is poetry and there is beauty in real sympathy; but there is more there is action. The noblest and most powerful form of sympathy is not merely the responsive tear, the echoed sigh, the answering look; it is the embodiment of the sentiment in actual help.octavius winslow
Never elated while one man's oppress'd; Never dejected while another's blessed.Alexander Pope
The Bible and other religious texts are a popular source for sympathetic verses. However, even those who don't consider themselves members of any specific religious faith often find comfort in the idea that a loved one's memory lives on. For a secular person, sympathy quotes that discuss the ways in which we remember those we've lost can provide reassurance during a difficult time. Writer and poet Thomas Bailey Aldrich said, "What is lovely never dies, but passes into other loveliness." Consider including this quote with a short description of one of your favorite memories of the deceased.
Sympathy sayings can also address the idea that even in dark times we should continue to live our lives to the fullest. Confucius touches on the idea that sorrow is the beginning of a larger healing process by saying, "We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression." This quote can be a good way to discuss the importance of self-care, reminding friends and family that it's all right to ask for help if they're struggling following the loss of their loved one, a break-up or tough period.
No matter how they're used, sympathy quotations let the recipient know that they're in your thoughts and that you acknowledge the gravity of their situation. In this way, sympathy quotes are an expression of your desire to bring peace, comfort, and strength in a time of sorrow.