107+ Best Empathy Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Empathy is the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation. Inspirational empathy quotes will encourage growth in life, make you wiser and broaden your perspective.

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Most Famous Empathy Quotes

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

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

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa

We judge what we don’t understand. – Unknown

Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself. – Mohsin Hamid

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

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another. – Anonymous

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. – Maya Angelou

All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart. – Tahereh Mafi

If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. – Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

The opposite of anger is not calmness. It’s empathy. – Mehmet Oz

There are two side to every issue. – Ayn Rand

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. – Dolly Parton

I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. – Roger Ebert

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

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy. – Meryl Streep

True empathy requires that you step outside your own emotions to view things entirely from the perspective of the other person. – Anonymous

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

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

Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?Marcus Aurelius

One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. – Charles M. Blow

Empathy grows as we learn. – Alice Miller

Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up. – Jesse Jackson

The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. – Albert Schweitzer

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. – Theodore Roosevelt

We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak. – Epictetus

Don’t cast shadows on anyone unless you are providing shade. – Terri Guillemets

There is no greater loan than a sympathetic ear. – Frank Tyger

Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone. – Brene Brown

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

A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain. – Daniel Goleman

Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals. – Neil Gaiman

When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say. – Abraham Lincoln

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know when it will be too late. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these. – Gautama Buddha

It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice. – Author Unknown

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.” – Susan SarandonRemember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something. – H. Jackson Brown

Empathy is the ability to step outside of your own bubble and into the bubbles of other people. – C. Joybell

The highest form of knowledge is empathy. – Bill Bullard

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

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 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, we can all sense a mysterious connection to each other.” – Meryl Streep

Empathy may be the single most important quality that must be nurtured to give peace a fighting chance. – Arundhati Ray

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

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

Empathy depends not only on one’s ability to identify someone else’s emotions but also on one’s capacity to put oneself in the other person’s place and to experience an appropriate emotional response. – Charles G. Morris

See the light in each other. Be the light for each other. – Anonymous

The opposite of anger is not calmness, it’s empathy. – Mehmet Oz

The greatest cruelty is our casual blindness to the despair of others. – Anonymous

Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness. – Seneca

Stay connected to feel empathy, compassion, and understanding for yourself and others. – Vanessa Tucker

When a good man is hurt all who would be called good must suffer with him. – Euripides

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

Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eye for an instant? – Henry David Thoreau

Yet, taught by time, my heart has learned to glow for other’s good, and melt at other’s woe. – Homer

Empathy is a virtue, but it should not be a guiding judicial principle. – Gary Bauer

Empathy is born out of the old biblical injunction ‘Love the neighbor as thyself.’George Mcgovern

Empathy means both understanding others on their own terms and bringing them within the orbit of one’s own experience. – Jacob A. Belzen

Empathy is full presence to what’s alive in the other person at this moment. – John Cunningham

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Plato

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

Compassion, empathy, and love are the real pillars we need to build within ourselves to become human. – Loknath

There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy and a grace in forgiveness. – Anonymous

Empathy is the lovefire of sweet remembrance and shared understanding. – John Eaton

Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug. – Lawrence J

Have you ever been surfing? Imagine you’re on your surfboard now, waiting for the big one to come. Get ready to get carried with that energy. Now, here it comes. That’s empathy. No words – just being with that energy. When I connect with what’s alive in another person, I have feelings similar to when I’m surfing. – Marshall Rosenberg

Leadership is about empathy. – Oprah Winfrey

I wouldn’t expect someone who’s been injured to hear my side until they felt that I had fully understood the depth of their pain. – Marshall B. Rosenberg

Empathy is the only human superpower – it can shrink distance, cut through social and power hierarchies, transcend differences, and provoke political and social change. – Elizabeth Thomas

Empathy is the most radical of human emotions. – Gloria Steinem

Empathy needs no genius. – Toba Beta

The outward expression of empathy is courtesy. – Stewart Butterfield

No one heals themselves by wounding another. – Anonymous

We must understand before we judge. – Anonymous

Empathy and compassion will make our world better. – Anonymous

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person. – Walt Whitman

Empathy requires knowing that you know nothing. – Leslie Jamison

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. – Susan Sarandon

Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and ourself. – Carl R. Rogers

Love is that enviable state that knows no envy or vanity, only empathy and a longing to be greater than oneself. – Anonymous

Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss. – Anderson Cooper

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 Fessler

Are you then unable to recognize unless it has the same sound as yours? – Andre Gide

The state of empathy, or being empathic, is to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain thereto as if one were the person. – Carl Rogers

The functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. – Dean Koontz

Empathy is essential to peace. – Anonymous

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

Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and ourself, a kind of attuning and understanding. When empathy is extended, it satisfies our needs and wish for intimacy, it rescues us from our feelings of aloneness. – Carl Rogers

Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity. – Simone Weil

If speaking is silver, then listening is gold. – Turkish Proverb

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. – Albert Einstein

Empathy is putting yourself in another’s shoes to find out what exactly that person is feeling or going through at the given time. It basically refers to being at a common wavelength with someone. – Deepa Kodikal

Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act. – Eric Zorn

We need to have empathy. When we lose empathy, we lose our humanity. – Goldie Hawn

Empathy as a complex emotion is different. It requires awareness of the other person’s feelings and of one’s own reactions. The appropriate reaction may not be to cry when another person cries, but to reassure them, or even to leave them alone. – Frans De Waal

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. – Harper Lee

We need empathy, we need the eyes that still can weep. – Lydia Millet

Empathy is the crucible of intercultural relations. – Carolyn Calloway-Thomas

Loss of empathy might well be the most enduring and deep-cutting scar of all, the silent blade of an unseen enemy, tearing at our hearts and stealing more than our strength. – R.A. Salvatore

Empathy is a powerful behavior of nurturing. When it is given properly, the receiver can feel that the giver really cares about them, and that what they are going through is not trivial. – William E. Krill

Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way when you criticize them, you are a mile away from them and you have their shoes. – Jack Handey

Pain shared is pain lessened; joy shared is joy increased. Thus do we refute entropy. – Spider Robinson

Empathy frequently informs our earliest days with our infants as we try to figure out what they need, how to comfort and satisfy them – Katherine Ellison

I feel like songwriting is an experiment in empathy. – Zooey Deschanel

The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy. – Mehmet Oz

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