beautiful burdens

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes. – Milan Kundera

By compassion we make others’ misery our own, and so, by relieving them we relieve ourselves also. –  Thomas Browne, Sr.

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. – Ursula K. Le Guin

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