120+ Deep Powerful Empathy Quotes By Famous People

Deep Powerful Empathy Quotes | Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand how other people feel, to see things from their perspective, and to imagine themselves in their place. Basically, it’s about taking on the position of others and feeling how they feel.

When you see another person suffering, you can immediately take the place of other people and feel compassion for their suffering.

Let’s read and share these amazing quotes about empathy and inspire people.

Famous Quotes About Empathy

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

– Susan Sarandon

“In my view, the best of humanity is in our exercise of empathy and compassion. It’s when we challenge ourselves to walk in the shoes of someone whose pain or plight might seem so different than yours that it’s almost incomprehensible.”

– Sarah McBride

“You don’t teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools. You teach that at home, and children learn by example.”

– Judy Sheindlin

“Empathy begins with understanding life from another person’s perspective. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.”

– Sterling K. Brown

“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

“The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.”

– Meryl Streep

“Empathy is choosing to see ourselves in another despite our differences. It’s recognizing that the same humanity – the same desire for meaning, fulfillment and security – exists in each of us, even if it’s expressed uniquely.”

– Vivek Murthy

“I know it might sound weird, but empathy is one of the greatest creators of energy. It’s counterintuitive because it’s selfless.”

– Angela Ahrendts

“I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”

– Maya Angelou

“An exchange of empathy provides an entry point for a lot of people to see what healing feels like.”

– Tarana Burke

“It’s dangerous to think of yourself as a hero and someone else as a villain. It gets in the way of empathy.”

– Megan Ganz

Short Empathy Quotes

“Stories teach us empathy. They reveal to us ourselves in the skins of others.”

– Justin Simien

“Learning a foreign language, and the culture that goes with it, is one of the most useful things we can do to broaden the empathy and imaginative sympathy and cultural outlook of children.”

– Michael Gove

“Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.”

– Diane Ackerman

“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

“Empathy is a skill like any other human skill – and if you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it.”

– Simon Baron-Cohen

“I’ve been fascinated by the idea that evil is the absence of empathy.”

– John Connolly

“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 is a necessary step for truth and reconciliation.”

– Simon Baron-Cohen

“If you aren’t humble, whatever empathy you claim is false and probably results from some arrogance or the desire to control. But true empathy is rooted in humility and the understanding that there are many people with as much to contribute in life as you.”

Anand Mahindra

“Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.”

– Alice Miller

“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.”

– Mohsin Hamid

“All advocacy is, at its core, an exercise in empathy.”

– Samantha Power

Short And Deep Powerful Empathy Quotes

“The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.”

– Mehmet Oz

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

– Max Carver

“In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.”

– Daniel Goleman

“Empathy and social skills are social intelligence, the interpersonal part of emotional intelligence. That’s why they look alike.”

– Daniel Goleman

“I don’t know whether your heart ever necessarily changes, but time changes the way that you perceive the world. And you just hope it gives you more empathy and all those other things.”

– Mark Knopfler

“For me, being a top coach means more than just teaching football. That includes empathy, it means that you can speak to a group, that you can deal with the media – you have to be able to do all of that. I would not describe myself as blind in this regard, but a top coach also includes titles.”

– Julian Nagelsmann

“Universal basic income is not a solution in search of a problem – it is the obvious solution that has been in front of us for years. It only requires us to have the vision, empathy and courage to adopt it for the American people before it is too late.”

– Andrew Yang

“Empathy is important, openness, honesty, and an understanding for others.”

– Niko Kovac

“We admire elephants in part because they demonstrate what we consider the finest human traits: empathy, self-awareness, and social intelligence. But the way we treat them puts on display the very worst of human behavior.”

– Graydon Carter

“It’s very difficult to design something for someone if you have no empathy.”

– Stewart Butterfield

Great Empathy Quotes For Kids And Students

“There is a minimum requirement of morality, of moral compass, of decency, of moral empathy. And if you are incapable of meeting that minimum requirement, you can’t even talk to me about policy.”

– Ana Navarro

“Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by identifying oneself with another person: in a word, empathy. The arts enable us to put ourselves in the minds, eyes, ears and hearts of other human beings.”

– Richard Eyre

“Leadership requires the ability to engage and to create empathy for communities with disparate needs and ideas. Telling an effective story – especially in romantic suspense – demands a similar skill set.”

– Stacey Abrams

“Insects are living metaphors for me. They are so alien and so remote and so perfect, but also they are emotionless; they don’t have any human or mammalian instincts. They’ll eat their young at the drop of a hat; they can eat your house! There’s no empathy – none.”

– Guillermo del Toro

“Women are, in my view, natural peacemakers. As givers and nurturers of life, through their focus on human relationships and their engagement with the demanding work of raising children and protecting family life, they develop a deep sense of empathy that cuts through to underlying human realities.”

– Daisaku Ikeda

“Empathy, humanity and support for each other is more important than revenue, than growth.”

– Eric Yuan

“If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.”

– Daniel Goleman

“Human morality is unthinkable without empathy.”

– Frans de Waal

“Reading is an exercise in empathy; an exercise in walking in someone else’s shoes for a while.”

– Malorie Blackman

Powerful Quotes About Empathy

“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

“Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion.”

– Annie Lennox

“Empathy has the power to bring together people who would otherwise never meet. It has the power to teach us and to reach us in moments of isolation when we think nobody understands.”

– Vivek Murthy

“Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn’t.”

– Phil Klay

“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.'”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson

“We need to teach our children empathy and care and love and communication and social responsibility in preparation for adulthood.”

– Maya Soetoro-Ng

“The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.”

– Jill Lepore

“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

“The second you think that all your good fortune is a product of your virtue, you become highly judgmental, lacking empathy, totally without self-awareness, arrogant, stupid – I mean, all the stuff that our ruling class is.”

– Tucker Carlson

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

– Neil Gaiman

“‘Me Too’ is about letting – using the power of empathy to stomp out shame.”

– Tarana Burke

Empathy Quotes For A Friend

“I believe that stories are incredibly important, possibly in ways we don’t understand, in allowing us to make sense of our lives, in allowing us to escape our lives, in giving us empathy and in creating the world that we live in.”

– Neil Gaiman

“True contentment comes with empathy.”

– Tim Finn

“A prerequisite to empathy is simply paying attention to the person in pain.”

– Daniel Goleman

“Cinematography speaks to everything that women do inherently well: It’s multitasking, it’s empathy, and it’s channeling visuals into human emotion.” –

Rachel Morrison

“This idea of bringing awareness to our lives seems like a good idea, right? We’ll gain a productive, enjoyable, reflective life and be able to extend compassion, empathy, and joy to others. That seems like a pretty good deal.”

– Tara Stiles

“A child raised on a desert island, alone, without social interaction, without language, and thus lacking empathy, is still a sentient being.”

– Daniel Dennett

“Our human face happens to be one of the most powerful channels that we all use to communicate social and emotional states: everything from enjoyment, surprise, empathy, and curiosity.”

– Rana el Kaliouby

“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 think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.”

– Maya Angelou

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

– Brene Brown

“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.”

– John Steinbeck

“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.”

– Bill Bullard

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

― Pat Barker

Beautiful Empathy Quotes

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

– Albert Einstein

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

– Anderson Cooper

“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 people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.”

― Ernest Hemingway

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

– Oprah Winfrey

“Empathy means both understanding others on their own terms and bringing them within the orbit of one’s own experience.”

– Jacob A. Belzen

“I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“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

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

— David Richo

“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 of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”

― Shannon L. Alder

“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.”

— Roger Ebert

“The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart.”

– Rasheed Ogunlaru

Random Quotes About Empathy

“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

“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

“If you’re enjoying these quotes, make sure to read our collection of positive energy quotes about the power of good vibes.”

– Unknown

“The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.”

– Mehmet Oz

“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 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 is connection; it’s a ladder out of the shame hole”

– Brené Brown

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