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70 Inspiring Quotes About Empathy (COMPASSION)

Top 10 Inspiring Quotes About Empathy

“Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘You’re not alone.’”

Brene Brown
The highest form of knowledge is empathy. - Bill Bullard
The highest form of knowledge is empathy. – Bill Bullard
I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. - Maya Angelou
I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. – Maya Angelou

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
Looking at various means of developing compassion, I think empathy is an important factor the ability to appreciate others’ suffering. - Dalai Lama
Looking at various means of developing compassion, I think empathy is an important factor: the ability to appreciate others’ suffering. – Dalai Lama
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one… just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
Whenever you feel like criticizing any one… just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

“If you aren’t humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you.”

Anand Mahindra
Empathy begins with understanding life from another person's perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It's all through our own individual prisms. - Sterling K. Brown
Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms. – Sterling K. Brown
Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another. - Alfred Adler
Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another and feeling with the heart of another. – Alfred Adler
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. - John Steinbeck
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. – John Steinbeck

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“We think we listen, but very rarely do we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.”

Carl Rogers
Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. - Dalai Lama
Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength. – Dalai Lama
Have compassion and empathy in your heart. Many people are suffering deep emotional anguish beneath the surface of their lives, and smile even as they hurt inside. - Jim Palmer
Have compassion and empathy in your heart. Many people are suffering deep emotional anguish beneath the surface of their lives, and smile even as they hurt inside. – Jim Palmer

“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.”

Barbara Kingsolver
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. - Meryl Streep
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. – Meryl Streep
We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

Leo Buscaglia
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. - Ernest Hemingway
When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. – Ernest Hemingway
Empathy is understanding the sorrow or loss of another person. Put yourself in the other person's shoes and imagine how you would feel. - Byron Pulsifer
Empathy is understanding the sorrow or loss of another person. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes and imagine how you would feel. – Byron Pulsifer

“Learning to give empathy to myself and others as often as I can each day has rendered astounding benefits….Empathy leads to compassion and compassion to forgiveness and connection.”

Judith Hanson Lasater
An empathic person is a good listener, patient, understanding, and kind. - Laura Raskin
An empathic person is a good listener, patient, understanding, and kind. – Laura Raskin
One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. - Charles M. Blow
One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. – Charles M. Blow

“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.”

Roy T. Bennett
Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people. - Stephen Covey
Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people. – Stephen Covey
Give Compassion Every day the average person fights epic battles never told just to survive. - Ken Poirot
Give Compassion: Every day the average person fights epic battles never told just to survive. – Ken Poirot

“Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. And it’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.”

Barack Obama
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. - Harper Lee
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. – Harper Lee
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. - Mohsin Hamid
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. – Mohsin Hamid
Proactive responding is the ability to listen to the other person’s feelings and empathize without taking responsibility for those feelings. - Clive Harman
Proactive responding is the ability to listen to the other person’s feelings and empathize without taking responsibility for those feelings. – Clive Harman
If you do not practice empathy and forgiveness for your actions, it will be impossible to practice empathy with others. - Laura Raskin
If you do not practice empathy and forgiveness for your actions, it will be impossible to practice empathy with others. – Laura Raskin

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“Self-absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection – or compassionate action.”

Daniel Goleman
Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss. - Anderson Cooper
Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss. – Anderson Cooper
The death of human empathy is one of the earliest and most telling signs of a culture about to fall into barbarism. - Hannah Arendt
The death of human empathy is one of the earliest and most telling signs of a culture about to fall into barbarism. – Hannah Arendt

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.”

Daniel H. Pink
When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. - Susan Sarandon
When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. – Susan Sarandon
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That's when you can get more creative in solving problems. - Stephen Covey
When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems. – Stephen Covey
To perceive is to suffer. - Aristotle
To perceive is to suffer. – Aristotle

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

Daniel Goleman
The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me. - Oprah Winfrey
The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me. – Oprah Winfrey
The opposite of anger is not calmness. It’s empathy. - Mehmet Oz
The opposite of anger is not calmness. It’s empathy. – Mehmet Oz
Stay connected to feel empathy, compassion, and understanding for yourself and others. - Vanessa Tucker
Stay connected to feel empathy, compassion, and understanding for yourself and others. – Vanessa Tucker

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.”

Alice Miller
It’s the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else’s pain. - Pat Barker
It’s the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else’s pain. – Pat Barker
Empathy is a skill like any other human skill. If you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it. - Professor Simon Baron Cohen
Empathy is a skill like any other human skill. If you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it. – Professor Simon Baron Cohen

“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'”

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. - Oprah Winfrey
Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. – Oprah Winfrey
All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy. - Samantha Power
All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy. – Samantha Power
The outward expression of empathy is courtesy. - Stewart Butterfield
The outward expression of empathy is courtesy. – Stewart Butterfield
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. - Roger Ebert
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. – Roger Ebert
Compassion, empathy, and love are the real pillars we need to build within ourselves to become human. - Loknath
Compassion, empathy, and love are the real pillars we need to build within ourselves to become human. – Loknath

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“Planting the seeds of compassion and respect in classrooms and schools is essential, not only to reduce bullying and other cruel behaviors, but because empathy and kindness are so essential to all human relationships.”

Naomi Drew and Christa Tinari
When a good man is hurt all who would be called good must suffer with him. - Euripides
When a good man is hurt all who would be called good must suffer with him. – Euripides
Emotional empathy is what motivates us to help others. - Brian Goldman
Emotional empathy is what motivates us to help others. – Brian Goldman

“The nature of humanity, its essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, and to act to take that pain away,. There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.”

John Connolly
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own. - Henry Ford
If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from his angle as well as your own. – Henry Ford
If you share in a heart-felt sorrow, you can lighten the load of a friend. Sometimes facing the burden together can mend two broken hearts in the end. - Wes Fessle
If you share in a heart-felt sorrow, you can lighten the load of a friend. Sometimes facing the burden together can mend two broken hearts in the end. – Wes Fessle
I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. - Walt Whitman
I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. – Walt Whitman

“I don’t know whether your heart ever necessarily changes, but time changes the way that you perceive the world. And you just hope it gives you more empathy and all those other things.”

Mark Knopfler
Extend sympathy, empathy and compassion to others. - Vishnu
Extend sympathy, empathy and compassion to others. – Vishnu
Human morality is unthinkable without empathy. - Frans de Waal
Human morality is unthinkable without empathy. – Frans de Waal
One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider a problem, can change our whole outlook on the world. - E. H. Mayoli
One friend, one person who is truly understanding, who takes the trouble to listen to us as we consider a problem, can change our whole outlook on the world. – E. H. Mayoli

“Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.”

Michael Gove
A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. - Daniel Goleman
A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. – Daniel Goleman
Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and yourself. - Carl R. Rogers
Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and yourself. – Carl R. Rogers
Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else's shoes for a while. - Malorie Blackman
Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while. – Malorie Blackman
Empathy is the ability to step outside of your own bubble and into the bubbles of other people. - C. Joybell
Empathy is the ability to step outside of your own bubble and into the bubbles of other people. – C. Joybell
Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance. - Arundhati Ray
Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance. – Arundhati Ray
Leading with integrity and empathy requires vision and a connection to your deepest self. - Karla McLaren
Leading with integrity and empathy requires vision and a connection to your deepest self. – Karla McLaren
Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control. - Steven Pinker
Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control. – Steven Pinker
Empathetic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the five A’s attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing. - David Richo
Empathetic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the five A’s: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing. – David Richo

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