feel compassion

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This triumph over a lady who had been very haughty and cruel in her behaviour to Miss Briggs, would have rejoiced most women; but the truth is, Briggs was a woman of no spirit at all, and the moment her enemy was discomfited, she began to feel compassion in her favour.
I cannot but feel compassion when I hear some trig, compact-looking man, seemingly free, all girded and ready, speak of his "furniture," as whether it is insured or not.
Wickfield, quite subdued, 'if you knew how terrible it is for me to tell, you would feel compassion for me
Its unaccountable behavior made him conclude, at last, that the bird knew of some danger that awaited him, and which must needs be very terrible, beyond all question, since it moved even a little fowl to feel compassion for a human being.
Likewise, when we make people feel compassion, they'll take on the burdens of others, spending more time and effort to help get others out of jams and ease their distress.
As a human being, I feel compassion for the victims of such acts, but I am perplexed as to the misdirection of anger with false accusations against me and hope they do not detract from the stories that should be heard.
But there was also a gap in the responses to the reaction "compassion": 54% of the GenXers said they thought they would feel compassion, compared with 52% of the boomers and 48% of the millennials.
It is no surprise that they often cross the path of the military with many soldiers feel compassion for these helpless souls and bonding with and adopting them.
Most of them feel compassion satisfaction (CS) in dealing with such situations5.
Most atheists, like most theists, feel compassion for those less fortunate and want to help.
Similarly, one can feel compassion but not show mercy.