30 Empathy Quotes On Living A Compassionate Life


Imagine a world driven by empathy… How wonderful it would be to live from the heart and for love and compassion to come first. Mankind may be laced with greed and selfishness but our capacity for empathy saves us from a dismal future. War and violence may seem endless, but we musn’t lose hope. The universe, after all, designed empathy to be a greater kind of power. Not envy, not malice, but the natural inclination to feel and understand. It always shines through in each one of us. Because an act of kindness, no matter how small, is all it takes to make this world right again.

Think and feel with kindness with these 30 empathy quotes.

Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone…just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, who had ever been alive. – James Baldwin

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

empathy care quotes

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

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

empathy wounded quotes

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. – Andrew Boyd

I learn from my own daughter that you don’t have to be awake to cry. – Jodi Picoult

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

empathy fault quotes

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

I did not know how to reach him, how to catch up with him… The land of tears is so mysterious. – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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

empathy learn quotes

If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive. – Brené Brown

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy. – Dean Koontz

When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen. – Ernest Hemingway

empathy listen quotes

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It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way. – Jeremy Aldana

It’s the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else’s pain. – Pat Barker

I call him religious who understands the suffering of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

empathy suffering quotes

Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing. – Nora Roberts

Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love. – Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about? – Harper Lee

empathy stranger quotes

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Love is about bottomless empathy, born out of the heart’s revelation that another person is every bit as real as you are. – Jonathan Franzen

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

Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes. – Steve Martin

empathy criticize quotes

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

The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them. – Louis C.K.

There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world. – Mary Anne Radmacher

empathy world quotes

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

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

empathy civilization quotes

The death of human empathy is one of the earliest and most telling signs of a culture about to fall into barbarism. – Hannah Arendt

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

The world needs empathy now more than ever, so share these 30 empathy quotes to inspire others to act with their heart.

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