60+ Best Empathy Quotes and Sayings

Are you looking for empathy quotes? Explore heartwarming empathy quotes that the power of understanding and compassion. These quotes the profound connection we share with others’ feelings and experiences and insight into the beauty of empathy. From famous philosophers to empathetic voices, discover the best collection that celebrates the transformative impact of empathy on deeper human connections.

Highly sensitive people are too often perceived as weaklings or damaged goods. To feel intensely is not a symptom of weakness; it is the trademark of the truly alive and compassionate. – Anthon St. Maarten

Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.
― Anthon St. Maarten

If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.
— Nelson Mandela

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

Sensitive people care when the world doesn’t because we understand waiting to be rescued and no one shows up. We have rescued ourselves, so many times that we have become self-taught in the art of compassion for those forgotten.― Shannon L. Alder

Empathy Quotes

Empathy is connection; it’s a ladder out of the shame hole.― Brené Brown

It is not the empath who is broken; it is a society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled. There is no shame in expressing your authentic feelings. – Anthon St. Maarten

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

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

Playing the victim role: Manipulator portrays him- or herself as a victim of circumstance or of someone else’s behavior in order to gain pity, sympathy, or evoke compassion and thereby get something from another. Caring and conscientious people cannot stand to see anyone suffering and the manipulator often finds it easy to play on sympathy to get cooperation.― George K.

What I have realized is that the biggest mistake I made was to underestimate what it means to be an empath. I underestimated myself. I underestimated my needs. I underestimated my sensitivity. I was trying to act like a normal person, as though if I acted like a normal person hard enough, somehow things would be different. – Jennifer Elizabeth Moore

Empathy is a creative act. It is the act of imagining ourselves not only in another’s shoes but perhaps inhabiting their very heart and soul.― Michele Jennae

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

A prophet is not someone with special visions, just someone blind to most of what others see― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Empaths have to be careful not to internalize others’ feelings, as this can cause them to feel anxious, sad, or even depressed. It can leave the empath feeling drained or exhausted. They must learn to set boundaries so as not to let toxic people drain them dry. – Donna G. Bourgeois

Instead of trying to “shield” yourself as an empath, try to create boundaries instead – this is a much more healthy, sustainable, and long-term practice. – Mateo Sol

The highest form of knowledge is empathy. – Bill Bullard

There is absolutely no single aspect of one’s personality that is more important to develop than empathy, which is not a skill at which men typically are asked to excel. I believe empathy is not only the core of art, literature, and music but should also be at the core of society, from ethics to economics.― Chris Ware

As empaths, our high level of sensitivity means that we are prone to feeling like eternal outsiders who are in the world but not quite of the world.― Aletheia Luna

Empaths are absorbers, not observers. When you just observe, you are no longer an empath but just a sympathy. – Monika Chhetri

Empaths don’t act fake. They get quiet. – Jane Lightworker.

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

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

An empath is an emotional sponge. They absorb the stress and also the positive emotions into their own bodies from other people. – Judith Orloff

The Empath is often said to have such a great degree of empathy that they can literally feel what others feel, and thus intuitively know many of the yearnings, sensitivities, tastes, and even thought patterns of the people they’re around.― Aletheia Luna

Empaths may hesitate to save themselves first because they think that doing so is selfish, which is not the case. If you’re an empath, know how important it is to take care of yourself first in order to be able to help others. Sometimes there is only so much you can do for others; you might even be doing everyone a disservice by stepping over boundaries. – Catherine Chea

Those who are at times described as being a ‘hot mess’ or having ‘too many issues are the very fabric of what keeps the dream alive for a more caring, humane world. Never be ashamed to let your tears shine a light in this world. – Anthon St. Maarten

I often ask myself, how on earth is it that we empaths can survive under the domination of a narcissist? How is it that we do not become bitter and cruel as adults, with the role models we survived under? How is it that being an empath stays with us and cannot be beaten down? We always get up again and keep on going, being an empath still.― Donna G. Bourgeois

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

One of the easiest ways to discover if someone is compatible with you is to gauge their emotional intelligence. Are they a kind and sensitive person? Will they be respectful towards your sensitivities? Or, are they emotionally stunted? Remember, we tend to attract narcissistic types who lack empathy.― Aletheia Luna

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use. – Emily Post

As highly sensitive individuals, we simply cannot stand feeling trapped, constricted, or smothered in any way. We highly value our freedom and autonomy, making us particularly prone to staying single for long periods of time. – Aletheia Luna

I AM AN EMPATH – Watching certain types of movies can become unbearable. The energy of TV and Radio can be maddening. I know your feelings better than you do. I know when you lie. I crave solitude. I need an order or I can’t think straight. Complete strangers tell me their life stories. – I AM A HEALER― Sandra Cooze

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

Why is sensitivity perceived as being dangerous? When we’re sensitive, we feel things we were taught not to feel. When we’re sensitive, we are completely open to attack. When we’re sensitive, we are awake and in touch with our hearts – and this can be very threatening to the status quo indeed.― Aletheia Luna

Your destiny is bound to the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors. – Andrew Boyd

The Empath is often said to have such a great degree of empathy that they can literally feel what others feel, and thus intuitively know many of the yearnings, sensitivities, tastes, and even thought patterns of the people they’re around. – Aletheia Luna

Intuitive empaths have a more profound grasp of other people’s emotions. Due to this rare trait, they feel the thrill of their surroundings more intensely than others do. In turn, it is almost impossible for them to ignore these senses. Luckily, unlike other empaths, intuitive empaths can control what and how this energy affects them. They can direct this distinct talent toward helping others.– Katya Ki

This capacity for empathy leads to a genuine encounter — we have to progress toward this culture of encounter — in which the heart speaks to the heart. — Pope Francis

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

A small piece of me still believed in hope. However minute or unattainable hope seemed, I wanted the childlike wonder. “I want you to love me. I need someone who needs me. But most of all, I know you understand me, and I crave that bond so much that when I’m with you, it’s all I feel. It consumes me. Fires me. Eats at my fine-tuned control until there is nothing left of me, but the feel of you in my bones.― E.R. Pierce

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

Empath children are highly influenced by the energy of the household, including the energy of you as a parent. This means that your child will be perceptive of your moods and will feel everything that you feel, regardless of whether you want them to or not. – Mateo Sol

Some say I’m too sensitive but the truth is I just feel too much. Every word, every action, and every energy goes straight to my heart.– Unknown

If you look into someone’s face long enough, eventually you’re going to feel that you’re looking at yourself.— Paul Auster

Never underestimate the empowered empath. Our kindness and compassion are too often mistaken for weakness or naivety, while we are in fact highly calibrated human lie detectors…and fearless warriors for truth and justice.― Anthon St. Maarten

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

The very best thing we can do for others isn’t soaking up their pain; it is actually holding space for them. Holding space for a person means giving them the room to grieve or vent while still maintaining our own boundaries. – Mateo Sol

I’m a passionate person; there’s a lot going on underneath my carousel of blazers: a cauldron of sensitivity and emotion.– Sue Perkins

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

Good teachers help you believe in yourself, rather than cultivate a belief in them. They teach you to connect to the divinity within you.― Anita Moorjani

You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself. – Unknown

Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, and 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

Now, more than ever, our society is in need of sensitive and empathic people. Now, more than ever, the human race needs to go inwards and connect with the Soul again. As natural-born healers, intuitive people, and mentors, it is not only our responsibility but also our destiny to help humanity heal. – Aletheia Luna

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

Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.— Maya Angelou

When you understand that there are people that can hear, feel, and interpret your thoughts, you become very aware of the mind chatter.― Rosangel Perez

Empaths and Lightworkers did not arrive on this planet to lead a cheerful carnival parade into a perfect New Earth paradise. There is much work to be done before anyone will ever enter that promised land.― Anthon St. Maarten

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

Love, to empaths, isn’t just a shallow experience based on looks, social status, or great sex. Instead, love is something that comes from the very heart and soul of an empath. Love is intense passion, unconditional devotion, and absolute fierce vulnerability.- Aletheia Luna

Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound to the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.― Andrew Boyd

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.— Harper Lee

Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it.– Judith Orloff

Never let the perfection of timing, stop you from speaking your desires and dreams into reality.
There is no time like the present to begin the journey that will take you to your heart’s desire.― Caterina Barregar

The very best thing we can do for others isn’t soaking up their pain, it is actually holding space for them. Holding space for a person means giving them the room to grieve or vent while still maintaining our own boundaries. – Mateo Sol

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