Empathy Quotes

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Let your heart feel for the afflictions and distress of everyone, and let your hand give in proportion to your purse.


When I am getting ready to reason with a man, I spend one-third of my time thinking about myself and what I am going to say and two-thirds about him and what he is going to say.

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Writers write from empathy.


He best can pity who has felt the woe.
Empathy is the most revolutionary emotion.
Hot heads and cold hearts never solve anything.


Speak not against anyone whose burden you have not weighed yourself.


I don't like a man to be efficient. He's likely to be not human enough.
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.


If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.


When we put ourselves in the other person's place, we're less likely to want to put him in his place.
— Farmer’s Digest


I was loved, I was one of the haves, and one of the secrets of becoming a have is not wasting your time on empathy.
People who have what they want are fond of telling people who haven't what they want that they really don't want it.

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All wars derive from lack of empathy: the incapacity of one to understand and accept the likeness or difference of another.


You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

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Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate and to connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.
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.

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Were we incapable of empathy—of putting ourselves in the position of others and seeing that their suffering is like our own—then ethical reasoning would lead nowhere.
Empathy is a stunning act of imaginative derring-do, the ultimate virtual reality—climbing into another's mind to experience the world from that person's perspective.
Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy between the genius and his human qualities that one has to ask oneself whether a little less talent might not have been better.

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This is what differentiates sympathy from empathy.  No matter how much I care for you, it's not until I recognize me in you and you in me that the veil of gauze is lifted on the world.
Our job as actors is empathy.  Our job is to imagine what someone else's life is like. And if you can't do that in real life, if you can't do that as a human being, then good luck as an actor.
It's the great gift of human beings that we have this power of empathy.  We can all feel like Elliott when E.T. died.  We can all cry for each other. We can all sense a mysterious connection to each other. And that's good.
Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being's suffering.  Nothing. Not a career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status.  We have to feel for one another if we're going to survive with dignity.
My personal philosophy and my passion, developed over time and through exposure to many different experiences, is to connect new ideas with a growing sense of empathy for other people. Ideas excite me. Empathy grounds and centers me.
In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

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We haven't much imagination:
it even overstrains our powers
to see our neighbour's tribulation
as any real concern of ours.
We have too much imagination:
enough to credit, without fuss,
that all is well with all creation
whenever things are well with us.
The creative imagination can grasp characters and conditions not directly experienced, because the creator has access to all parts of his personality. To use the fashionable word, he has empathy with characters unlike him, because he knows that deep down he shares some of their unlovely traits.

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