Humans need compassion and love to survive and these quotes brings out the true merit of this. Following is the collection of empathy quotes that can help bring more compassion into your life through a new sense of awareness.


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

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.
Marshall B. Rosenberg

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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

We need to infuse politics with ideas like compassion and empathy, and a sense that we live in an interdependent world.
Pankaj Mishra

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

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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 – Empathy Quotes

Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Theodore Roosevelt

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

I’m less interested in slasher, and go more for roles that can affect you on a personal level. I’m interested in human empathy in the movies I see, and in the ones I am a part of.
Joshua Leonard

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

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 a quality of character that can change the world.
Barack Obama

Empathy takes time, and efficiency is for things, not people.
Stephen Covey

I’m cursed with empathy. I’m also by nature way too opinionated.
John Shirley

In my opinion, being an effective leader requires being an effective listener. The most productive leaders are usually those who are consistently willing to listen and learn.
John Wooden

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.
Keanu Reeves

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

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

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.
Scott Adams – Empathy Quotes

The art of listening needs its highest development in listening to oneself; our most important task is to develop an ear that can really hear what we’re saying.
Sydney J. Harris

The most important thing is that we need to be understood. We need someone to be able to listen to us and to understand us. Then we will suffer less.
Nhat Hanh

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I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.
Leo Buscaglia

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
Harper Lee

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

Empathy is the most radical of human emotions.
Gloria Steinem

There is no greater intelligence than kindness and empathy.
Bryant H. McGill

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

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

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

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
Joyce Brothers

Traits like humility, courage, and empathy are easily overlooked – but it’s immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.
Laura Linney

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Ten people who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.
Napoleon Bonaparte

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

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.
Helen Keller

Stop the habit of wishful thinking and start the habit of thoughtful wishes.
Mary Martin – Empathy Quotes

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

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True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others.
Andre Gide

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.
John Steinbeck

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Plutarch

To perceive is to suffer.
Aristotle

When your own life is threatened, your sense of empathy is blunted by a terrible, selfish hunger for survival.
Yann Martel

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Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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 – Empathy Quotes

Empathy grows as we learn.
Alice Miller

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

The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another. But the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty to the ear, or to the mind.
Zhuangzi

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you’ll see why.
Mignon McLaughlin

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
Henry David Thoreau

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Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
Karl A. Menninger

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

When a friend speaks to me, whatever he says is interesting.
Jean Renoir

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

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.
Milan Kundera

Sometimes I’m asked by kids why I condemn marijuana when I haven’t tried it. The greatest obstetricians in the world have never been pregnant.
Art Linkletter

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.
Harper Lee

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Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person.
William Fritz

Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
Barbara Kingsolver – Empathy Quotes

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Martin Farquhar Tupper

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

The world doesn’t just revolve around you. There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit.
Barack Obama

When you listen with empathy to another person, you give that person psychological air.
Stephen Covey

Religion should be a source for reconciliation, for tolerance and for empathy.
Charles Kimball

When we focus on others, our world expands.
Daniel Goleman

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I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs.
Anita Roddick

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

There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world.
J. William Fulbright – Empathy Quotes

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

Life is the first gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
Marge Piercy

Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice; Take each man’s censure, but reserve thy judgment.
William Shakespeare

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True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the suffering and joys of others.
Andre Gide

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.
John Steinbeck

Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly.
Plutarch

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Izaak Walton

I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.
Nikki Giovanni

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

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Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr. – Empathy Quotes

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

Empathy grows as we learn.
Alice Miller

The mind must be allowed to settle undisturbed over the object in order to secrete the pearl.
Virginia Woolf

I hope you don’t listen to this. I hope you choose to broaden, and not contract, your ambit of concern.
Barack Obama

There’s something in everyone only they know.
Ben Harper

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Listening is a magnetic and strange thing, a creative force. The friends who listen to us are the ones we move toward. When we are listened to, it creates us, makes us unfold and expand.
Karl A. Menninger – Empathy Quotes

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

When a friend speaks to me, whatever he says is interesting.
Jean Renoir

Become the world’s most thoughtful friend.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

In a democracy, a man who does not listen cannot lead.
David S. Broder

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Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person.
William Fritz – Empathy Quotes

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
Dalai Lama

Well-timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.
Martin Farquhar Tupper

The struggle of my life created empathy… I could relate to pain… being abandoned… having people not love me.
Oprah Winfrey

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

We are hardwired to connect with others, it’s what gives purpose and meaning to our lives, and without it there is suffering.
Brené Brown

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I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs.
Anita Roddick

To embrace suffering culminates in greater empathy, the capacity to feel what it is like for the other to suffer, which is the ground for unsentimental compassion and love.
Stephen Batchelor

People who work on the user interface side need to have empathy as a key characteristic. But if you are writing device drivers you don’t really need to understand humans so well.
Andy Hertzfeld – Empathy Quotes

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

We live in a culture that discourages empathy. A culture that too often tells us our principle goal in life is to be rich, thin, young, famous, safe, and entertained.
Barack Obama

Only by examining our personal biases can we truly grow as artists; only by cultivating empathy can we truly grow as people.
Jen Knox

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

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

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