But it is not so easy a thing to sympathize with another, though you may have the best disposition to do it.—Thoreau to H.G.O. Blake, 1 January 1859
I have heard of some who were 15 years a dying—a shiftless business for which neither gods nor mortals have any sympathy to spare.—A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
I love that one with whom I sympathize.—Journal, 24 November 1858
I sympathize not today with those who go to church in newest clothes and sit quietly in straight-backed pews. I sympathize rather with the boy who has none to look after him, who borrows a boat and paddle and in common clothes sets out to explore these temporary vernal lakes.—Journal, 3 May 1857
I sympathize with weeds perhaps more than with the crop they choke, they express so much vigor.—Journal, 24 July 1852
I think that the standing miracle to man is man. Behind the paling yonder, come rain or shine, hope or doubt, there dwells a man an actual being who can sympathize with our sublimest thoughts.—Journal, 21 May 1851
If any ever went away disappointed or hungry from my house when they found me at home, they may depend upon it that I sympathized with them at least.—Walden
If any part of nature excites our pity, it is for ourselves we grieve, for there is eternal health and beauty. We get only transient and partial glimpses of the beauty of the world.—Journal, 11 December 1855
If you mean by hard times, times not when there is no bread, but when there is no cake, I have no sympathy with you.—Journal, 28 January 1852
It is the individual and private that demands our sympathies.—Cape Cod
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