This quote is difficult to live. I have been reading Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life and the first chapter is on learning compassion. Ugh! Needless to say, I haven't gotten pass that first chapter. Compassion is what is needed in so many cases, but it is tough to make it a habitual reaction to everyday life situations. At least it is for me.
"Compassionate action starts with seeing yourself when you start to make yourself right and when you start to make yourself wrong. At that point you could just contemplate the fact that there is a larger alternative to either of those, a more tender, shaky kind of place where you could live."
Pema Chödrön - In the Gap Between Right and Wrong