I’ve never seen compassion as an abstract noun. If you accept that we’re all composed largely of other people we’ve known, then compassion becomes a form of self-love. Compassion, composition. Awkwardness and grace live side by side.
Kraus, Chris and Selah Saterstrom (Interviewer). “Interview.” in: N Sky. Vol. 4, No. 2, August 2006. (English).