I have to express sympathy from the bottom of my heart to those people who were taken as wartime comfort women. As a human being I would like to express my sympathies and also as prime minister of Japan I need to apologize to them.
I have to have a character worth caring about. I tend not to start writing books about people I don’t have a lot of sympathy for because I’m just going to be with them too long.
I don’t really distinguish between sympathy and honesty when I’m writing. The two go together – I’m interested in inhabiting my characters seeing the world through their eyes.
I didn’t go to university. Didn’t even finish A-levels. But I have sympathy for those who did.
Here bring your wounded hearts here tell your anguish Earth has no sorrow that Heaven cannot heal.
He bit his lip in a manner which immediately awakened my maternal sympathy and I helped him bite it.
All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue is but disguised selfishness.
When sorrows come they come not single spies but in battalions.
The natural effect of sorrow over the dead is to refine and elevate the mind.
The community stagnates without the impulse of the individual. The impulse dies away without the sympathy of the community.