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  • Joe and I going to church, therefore, must have been a moving spectacle for compassionate minds.
  • As I passed the church, I felt (as I had felt during service in the morning) a sublime compassion for the poor creatures who were destined to go there, Sunday after Sunday, all their lives through, and to lie obscurely at last among the low green mounds.
  • My earnestness awoke a wonder in her that seemed as if it would have been touched with compassion, if she could have rendered me at all intelligible to her own mind.
  • There was an earnest womanly compassion for me in her new affection.
  • "If you knew all my story," she pleaded, "you would have some compassion for me and a better understanding of me."
  • And could I look upon her without compassion, seeing her punishment in the ruin she was, in her profound unfitness for this earth on which she was placed, in the vanity of sorrow which had become a master mania, like the vanity of penitence, the vanity of remorse, the vanity of unworthiness, and other monstrous vanities that have been curses in this world?
  • Softened as my thoughts of all the rest of men were in that dire extremity; humbly beseeching pardon, as I did, of Heaven; melted at heart, as I was, by the thought that I had taken no farewell, and never now could take farewell of those who were dear to me, or could explain myself to them, or ask for their compassion on my miserable errors,— still, if I could have killed him, even in dying, I would have done it.
  • —Joseph!" said Mr. Pumblechook, in the way of a compassionate adjuration.
  • "Look here," said Herbert, showing me the basket, with a compassionate and tender smile, after we had talked a little; "here’s poor Clara’s supper, served out every night.

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  • If I see one hungry child, I feel compassion, but when I hear of a million hungry children, I’m overwhelmed and turn my mind to other things.
  • It is not enough to be compassionate. We must act. It is not enough to act. We must act with intelligence.

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