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.
''People, especially neighbors, do not need to be friends to feel compassion and empathy after seeing a group of fishermen helplessly swimming for their life after encountering what the Chinese called an 'accident,'' he stressed.
The hospital workers of ward 5B grew to feel compassion for their charges at a time when society shunned them.
"People find it a lot easier to hate and discriminate than they do to include and to feel compassion and empathy about people who aren't directly related to them.
"As humans, we instinctively feel compassion and empathy for animals, but we're taught that it's OK to enslave and eat some of them, without a second thought as to who they are as individuals."
Talking about a picture of a homeless family on Mall Road, Lahore, which went viral on social media, PM Khan said: If people do not feel compassion after seeing that photo, I don't consider them human.
Readers unfamiliar with golf will learn a lot about how the tournaments operate, and any reader will feel compassion for a teen viewed as a commodity in an adult world.
It's not about stripping off of their mystical cloak but rather to look into their human hearts, feel compassion and understand them.