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Our latest collection of empathy quotes on Everyday Power Blog.

Empathy can be defined as the capacity to understand and share the feelings of others. It is the ability to be aware of other people’s emotions, experiences, and perspectives.

Empathy is one of the most important skills you can practice in life. It is crucial for our personal development, relationships and society as a whole.  We need empathy in order to form harmonious relationships, minimize stress and enhance emotional intelligence.

Although being empathic requires skill and can often be tricky, you can develop the skill by practicing some simple habits. You can practice empathy by taking the time to observe others around you and genuinely caring about their wellbeing.

When you hold conversations with other people, take a moment to listen to them rather than simply rushing to reply. This will help you understand their emotional state and the deeper motivations behind their statements.

Empathy is best built upon mutual understanding. So as much as you learn about other people’s experiences, it’s also important that you open up about your own feelings and experiences.

Although it can be easier said than done, being empathetic is one of the best ways to make use of your Everyday Power and make the world around you a better place. Here are some powerful empathy quotes to highlight its importance and encourage you to practice it more.

 

Compassionate empathy quotes

 

1.) “All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” ― Tahereh Mafi

 

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

 

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

 

4.) “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck

 

5.) “The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” – Bill Bullard

 

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

 

7.) “It’s the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else’s pain.” ― Pat Barker

 

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

 

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

 

10.) “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

 

Empathy quotes to help you understand and share the feelings of others

 

11.) “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”― Ernest Hemingway

 

12.) “The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.” – Oprah Winfrey

 

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

 

14.) “I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”― Mahatma Gandhi

 

empathy quotes on understanding the suffering of others

 

15.) “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

 

16.) “Empathetic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the five A’s: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing.”— David Richo

 

17.) “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

 

18.) “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”― Shannon L. Alder

 

19.) “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”— Roger Ebert

 

20.) “The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart.” – Rasheed Ogunlaru

 

Empathy quotes to inspire and teach

 

21.) “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

 

22.) 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

 

23.) “The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.” – Mehmet Oz

 

24.) “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

 

25.) “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

 

26.) “Empathy is connection; it’s a ladder out of the shame hole”  – Brené Brown

 

empathy quotes about connection

 

27.) “Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

 

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

 

29.) “Empathy requires knowing that you know nothing.” – Leslie Jamison

 

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

 

Empathy quotes to encourage you to display it often

 

31.) “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

 

32.) “Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug.” – Lawrence J

 

empathy quotes on what it's like

 

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

 

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

 

35.) “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

 

36.) “Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

 

37.) “There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.”― Mary Anne Radmacher

 

38.) “Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.”
Max Carver

 

39.) “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

 

40.) “If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.” – Karen Armstrong

 

Other inspirational empathy quotes

 

41.) “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” – Mohsin Hamid

 

42.) “We have to teach empathy as we do literacy.” – Bill Drayton

 

43.) “Empathy is a special way of coming to know another and yourself.” – Carl R. Rogers

 

44.) “When good people consider you the bad guy, you develop a heart to help the bad ones. You actually understand them.”― Criss Jami

 

45.) “Empathy represents the foundation skill for all the social competencies important for work.” – Daniel Goleman

 

46.) “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

 

empathy quotes on caring

 

47.) “If we can get man to the moon, we can get man to walk in each other’s shoes.”— Mary Gordon

 

48.) 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

 

49.) “We need empathy, we need the eyes that still can weep.” – LYDIA MILLET

 

50.) “Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia – em (into) and pathos (feeling) – a penetration, a kind of travel. It suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d enter another country, through immigration and customs, border crossing by way of query: What grows where you are? What are the laws? What animals graze there?” – Leslie Jamison

 

Which of these empathy quotes is your favorite?

Empathy implies truly understanding, relating to, or imagining the depth of another person’s emotional state or circumstance.

When you try and experience other people’s realities, it will help you get along better and feel better. Hopefully, these quotes have inspired and motivated you to practice empathy and be the best person you can be.

Did you enjoy these empathy quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? We would love to hear all about it in the comment section below.

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  1. Eileen

    October 13, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    Favorite quote on Empathy
    Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug

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