In this post, you will find great Empathy Quotes from famous people, such as Anderson Cooper, Lakhdar Brahimi, Joseph B. Wirthlin, Daniel Lubetzky, Cory Booker. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.
There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people.
The Lord is well aware of our mortality. He knows our weaknesses. He understands the challenges of our everyday lives. He has great empathy for the temptations of earthly appetites and passions.
The Kind Foundation was created to scale our social impact and be able to deepen our focus on fostering empathy and developing kinder communities.
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.
We use a term called ‘empowerment through empathy.’ And ‘Me Too’ is so powerful, because somebody had said it to me – right? – and it changed the trajectory of my healing process once I heard that.
We don’t always talk about that as a leadership quality. I think what’s really important is having empathy, understanding the experiences of how someone is going to experience what you have to say.
When you are the head of any philanthropy organization, what you learn is empathy, how to listen and be responsive to people’s needs.
I think entrepreneurs really appreciate directness and honesty, coupled with empathy.
Filmmaking is a language where you empathise with human situations. Unless you have empathy for characters, you shouldn’t be a filmmaker.
I think the very idea of character, of developing not just grit, but empathy and curiosity, emotional intelligence – you know, the things that I want my own daughters to develop – the idea that we’re going to get there through rewards and punishments seems completely at odds with the idea of character itself.
The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn’t enter into it.
Fiction and essays can create empathy for the theoretical stranger.
I need my ‘art work’ or ‘entertainment work’ or whatever to have empathy for or connection to the way I experience the world as a person.
If we accept ourselves as animals, and have empathy and tolerance, compassion to others, understand that humans are territorial, aggressive and have gender aspects, then we can change things.
True contentment comes with empathy.
I am more interested in teaching my children empathy than subscribing to our ‘me’ culture and obsessing about ‘how do I feel’ all the time.
Here’s what I think is good about ‘Ted Lasso’ and what I’m proud of in it, as a writer: It’s about kindness and teamwork and empathy, and being curious and not judgmental, but it does all of that through storytelling and plot.
Unfortunately, people not just in India but globally seem to be lacking empathy. Not just during the pandemic, but in other times too.
Empathy is not as complicated when you have some aspects in common with your character; it’s not impossible to know someone who’s like you in many ways but different in one. This is true especially if you are a reader. Reading makes you accustomed to inhabiting other lives and sensibilities.
Empathy is important, openness, honesty, and an understanding for others.
I think, at the end of the day, acting and activism are both about empathy. You’re trying to get people to see other people as real and human. And to care.
I hope people learn the power of vulnerability through my songs. I think vulnerability can save the world. Empathy helps people connect with each other.
While we have to take personal responsibility for our actions, I have a great deal of empathy for people who are unconsciously racially biased, and indeed count myself among their number.
There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of ‘soul force’ – something that emanates from a deep truth inside of us and empowers us to act. Once you identify your inner genius, you will be able to take action, whether it’s writing a check or digging a well.
Film is this incredible medium that allows us to feel empathy for people that are very different than us and worlds completely foreign from our own.
I’ve had people hate me for my appearance. I think it gets me a certain level of empathy with the audience. If I was white and handsome and privileged, I probably couldn’t talk about what I talk about because people wouldn’t believe that I have empathy or I could be evenhanded and objective. It’s strange.
In order to be a good emergency contact, you need a lot of friend-patience and empathy. Often, this comes from personal experience with anxiety, trauma, and depression.
Other species help children develop empathy.
I believe the arts are the best way to help people go on a journey of self-discovery toward their own compassion and empathy for humanity and themselves.
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.
Most actors will tell you this – I don’t really know how to connect, empathize with, or make worthy of any revelation a character that doesn’t have love in there somewhere, that doesn’t have an idealism or an empathy in there somewhere.
I have a profound empathy for people who are in the public eye, whether they manifest it themselves or whether it happened by accident – it doesn’t matter to me. I think there’s a great misunderstanding of what it is to be famous.
A lot of very successful businessmen share some of these sociopathic traits – a lack of empathy, seeing people as commodities, projecting an air of sincerity when everything is actually calculated.
You can be aware and educated and informed, but you’ve got to place emphasis on being compassionate, having empathy and understanding.
I always think that if you look at anyone in detail, you will have empathy for them because you recognize them as a human being, no matter what they’ve done.
The idea of faking empathy to take a step forward to understanding – it’s a really powerful idea.
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.
I remember, once I was stressed, with an upcoming paper deadline. That little Microsoft Word clippy guy would show up in my face, jumping around and asking if I needed help. It had no understanding of my emotions and had zero empathy. That got me interested in this idea of tech being responsive to our emotions.
One of the ultimate challenges for biology is to understand the brain‘s processing of unconscious and conscious perception, emotion, and empathy.
A little anger is a good thing if it isn’t on your own behalf, if it’s for others deserving of your anger, your empathy.
It doesn’t hurt to show some empathy.
There are justifiable case-by-case situations wherein an educator might exhibit targeted sensitivity to a student‘s unique circumstances. This is humane and laudable. In most instances though, trigger warnings are not a manifestation of justified empathy but are symptomatic of an ailing culture.
Great teaching requires incredible talent and dedication, strong intellectual ability and interpersonal skill, real discipline and empathy.
My own feeling is we need more compassion, we need more empathy, we need more togetherness, in terms of working together.
You really need to have a lot of empathy for the work you’re doing and the people who you’re ultimately trying to help, whether that’s a business colleague, a boss, or, ultimately, the user of the software you’re building.
My husband and I grew up with parents who supported our passion, and we’re grateful to them for that. It really helps you find your identity when you’re younger. It helps you become a really well-rounded person, the more you can show from different perspectives. The arts show us empathy, which is so important.
The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.
I think empathy is undervalued in a lot of these comedy writers‘ rooms.
Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.
The joy of great fiction is that it transports the reader to another world, where new characters live in otherwise unimaginable ways. It is one of the most powerful ways of generating empathy that I know.
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.
I think the most important quality for a writer to have is empathy.
As a child, I lived with being punier than other boys in class. The only consolation was my parents’ empathy – they encouraged constant trips to the local drugstore for chocolate milk shakes to fatten me up. The shakes made me happy, but still, all through grammar school, other kids shoved me around.
You can’t have empathy for somebody that’s gone through something you haven‘t – because, definitionally, you can’t. But you can feel for them and have sympathy for them. And that’s what this country needs to practice more. It’s about realizing that you do come from a different place.
Acting is probably the only profession where you are relying only on empathy.
A novel can enlarge the empathy and imagination of both its author and its reader, and my experience, that sense of enlargement is most intense when I’m transported beyond the narrow limits of my daily life.
I think art, especially literature, has the particular power to immerse the viewer or reader into another world. This is especially powerful in literature, when a reader lives the experience of the characters. So if the characters are human and real enough, then readers will feel empathy for them.
Depression is a surfeit of empathy – a killing empathy – that makes depressives great friends to everyone but themselves. Having a self is a rough business, and depressives can empathize with others who have to deal with it, but not with themselves.
What’s important now are the characteristics of the brain’s right hemisphere: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, big-picture thinking. These skills have become first among equals in a whole range of business fields.
Empathy is the most mysterious transaction that the human soul can have, and it’s accessible to all of us, but we have to give ourselves the opportunity to identify, to plunge ourselves in a story where we see the world from the bottom up or through another’s eyes or heart.
We must broaden the definition of who our neighbors are, and extend the boundaries of our interest and empathy.
I think that’s an incredible thing that we can do as actors – to feel empathy toward someone that you may otherwise detest, you know?
As you get older you have more respect and empathy for your parents. Now I have a great relationship with both of them.
My parents were a little more on the hippie spectrum of Christianity – they weren’t liberal Christians by any means, they were pretty conservative – but they preached mostly about love and caring for people, so I grew up with a lot of compassion and empathy.
I don’t believe we would’ve had nearly as diverse a Congress if it weren’t for social media. I don’t think that there would be the same appreciation or empathy for human rights across the world if it weren’t for social media.
I don’t think there’s any reason in journalism not to approach stories we cover with humility, empathy, compassion, and intellectual openness. I mean, I think those are just important human traits. I don’t think that precludes scrutiny, negativity, where it’s appropriate.
If evil is empathy erosion, and empathy erosion is a form of illness, then evil turns out to be nothing more than a particularly awful psychological disorder.
I’m a believer in forgiveness. I have worked with people who have been in gangs and now dedicate their lives to helping inner city kids. I’ve run offender services with teachings of responsibility, empathy and understanding of the victims at their heart. I’ve seen people change.
It’s very difficult to design something for someone if you have no empathy.
I am actually incredibly contented and jolly. But, and I have no idea why this is, I have a really strong empathy with all kinds of warped and destructive modes of thinking. I don’t know why, but those things co-exist.
Just to get the basic fundamentals and empathy – I think that’s the most important thing to bring to it if you’ve acted in the past and are now a director: the empathy.
I tend to side with people who are considered the underdog. I have empathy.
Sometimes, in Silicon Valley, there is this attitude that we know best and we can change the world. The boldness allows us to invent the future. But, we need more empathy for those who are left behind and a recognition that Silicon Valley can’t just call the shots and expect change.
For me, documentary photography has always come with great responsibility. Not just to tell the story honestly and with empathy, but also to make sure the right people hear it. When you photograph somebody who is in pain or discomfort, they trust you to make sure the images will act as their advocate.
George W. Bush: a person who is the ultimate outcome of the American condition. Someone promoted above ability because of circumstance and organisation and empathy. You don’t have to be intelligent. A moron in a hurry could know that you don’t prevent war by having a war.
I learned a lot of empathy and openness from my parents. I know so many people who don’t have that experience.
If I can help create empathy and balance in society, I’m going to do whatever I can to tell stories that subconsciously create that.
I have a lot of empathy for quarterbacks.
Cinema is my religion. It is a way to make people sensitive, through emotions. To make them feel, experience empathy. People are touched and act ethically when they are emotionally touched.
Art, when done well, creates empathy.
Novels attempt to render human experience; that’s really all they are. They are meant to convey empathy for the character.
Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you’ll behave to other people.
If you’re going to make a movie about a character who is a supervillain, it’s fantastic to have a core sense of empathy for that character.
My work on what is called ‘deep reading’ explores the range of linguistic, cognitive, and affective processes that underlie not only the emergence of creative thought when we read but also the development and strengthening of capacities like empathy and critical analysis that we can apply to the rest of our lives.
I have to work hard to show people that I’m more than what they see physically; that I’m talented, and that I care and have empathy for people.
The more empathy you have and the more connected you are to society, the better off you’ll be.
Everybody wants a robot that will do psychotherapy. But If you don’t have empathy, you don’t have psychotherapy. The robot doesn’t know about life.
Once kids begin to realize that they are connected to a greater good and greater whole, then that will lessen the possibility that they will act out violently because it creates empathy.
I always like it when writers posit writing as an act of empathy. It’s such a grand turn of phrase, such a noble ideal; empathy is so worth aiming for in life that the same must hold true in art. But personally, I can’t think too deeply about that when I’m working, or I’d never get anything down on the page.
There were some advantages to being a woman photographer. I think women have more empathy with the subject.
There is zero correlation between IQ and emotional empathy… They’re controlled by different parts of the brain.
Cinematography speaks to everything that women do inherently well: It’s multitasking, it’s empathy, and it’s channeling visuals into human emotion.
Because I came into fame so early on, I’ve never done that. I don’t investigate through the Internet about people who I know in the same way that I think most people do because I know what that’s like to be on the other end of it. I think it gave me a certain kind of discipline, or empathy.
Democracy is based upon empathy and the recognition that some decisions are solely for the community’s benefit without regard to one’s own narrow self-interest.
I’ve always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You’re trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that’s about so you can represent it.
This precious thing of empathy and love and understanding is something we have to hold and appreciate and protect.
I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they’re beautiful and famous and rich. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I’d be dead.’
Empathy is why entertainment is always growing, and for millennials, everyone is judging them and trying to grab their attention by insulting them. We’re living in a time where everyone has 25 profiles, and they’re having 25 conversations.
While leaders spend considerable time and effort trying to envision markets and pushing out innovation, empathy can often generate simple, yet breakthrough ideas.
As long as our people, youth, businesses and individuals engage the issues of the day civilly in our democracy, and treat their fellow Singaporeans and foreigners within our midst with dignity and empathy, and endeavor for a more caring society, the best years of Singapore, a Singapore for all, are ahead of us.
If the only people we are able to extend empathy to are those who are like us, who come from the same country we do, or who share our faith, then we misunderstand what empathy is.
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.
Look, I’m a cancer survivor, all right? So I have great personal empathy for people who have pre-existing conditions and can’t get insurance.
Empathy is a necessary step for truth and reconciliation.
That balance between involvement and detachment is what novelists do. It’s the ideal relationship between a novelist and a character, I think, total involvement and identity and empathy, stopping short of being autobiographical – in my case, anyway – but also quite detached.
We have to teach empathy as we do literacy.
I don’t know if cinema can change society, but if it can make us show some empathy, that’s a good start.
I want to see more families have more compassion, more empathy in understanding that not every family is sitting there intentionally saying, ‘I don’t care about everybody else.’ They’re just trying to do the best that they can.
I always feel that life can teach you how to act. I’m always looking at life through other people’s eyes. By feeling empathy. And I do feel that I am constantly learning.
Disability is articulated as a struggle, an unnecessary burden that one must overcome to the soundtrack of a string crescendo. But disabled lives are multi-faceted – brimming with personality, pride, ambition, love, empathy, and wit.
It was so interesting going to high school in New York. You get a callous to the city and an empathy for every type of person.
Good fiction creates empathy. A novel takes you somewhere and asks you to look through the eyes of another person, to live another life.
For me as an actor, you always sort of want to bring yourself to a character in some way. You want to find a way to approach something in a way that’s real and interesting, and also so there’s some empathy there.
Acting requires a great amount of empathy for real lived human experiences.
I got a lot of empathy from my mother growing up, and I think it prevented me from ever really just writing people off.
Cinema connects people: they respond as a group, you feel you are not alone, and you see you are not alone. Capitalism is destroying this social aspect of films, and even empathy, by creating the illusion that you are more important than the next person: ‘You will buy this because you are special.’ That is horrible.
I hope people who read my books feel empathy for us and really see us as complicated people.
We need to teach our children empathy and care and love and communication and social responsibility in preparation for adulthood.
Bottom 10 Percent progressives are not enthusiastic about concentrations of wealth. But that’s not what keeps them up at night. Their focus is on deprivation and lack of opportunity. They’re motivated by empathy for people who are suffering, rather than outrage over unjustified wealth.
Republicans rarely criticize Obama for lack of empathy – in part because liberals have traditionally been seen as standing up for the weak and the vulnerable. Conservatives can be just as empathetic. But they believe that, in most cases, it’s not government‘s role to be the primary dispenser of empathy.
Posh people blow my mind. Apart from empathy, they’re good at everything – true survivalists.
What makes us different from other species is our capacity for compassion and empathy with the struggles of other people.
Writing fiction is an act of imaginative empathy.
You have to have empathy, knowledge and compassion for your characters if you’re a writer.
Empathy is a skill like any other human skill – and if you get a chance to practice, you can get better at it.
I think I identify as a comedian before kind of anything else. Before I identify as a person, as a human being with empathy.
Books by women, people of color, LGBTQ authors, differently abled people, and non-Americans are a great way of broadening horizons and building empathy.
Having emotional intelligence allows you to manage your emotions, show empathy, and prevent you from getting distracted. It also helps you solve problems and be a more likable person.
Empathy is a tool for building people into groups, for allowing us to function as more than self-obsessed individuals.
My own feeling is we need more compassion, we need more empathy, we need more togetherness, in terms of working together.
Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.
In a high-IQ job pool, soft skills like discipline, drive and empathy mark those who emerge as outstanding.
When you see yourself as the center of things, it deprives you of a certain level of empathy.
I think one of my better gifts as a writer is empathy.
Deciding to listen with open ears and an open heart brings us together. We need to seek to really understand each other. We need to demonstrate empathy. If we can make these individual connections, we can strengthen our communities and nation.
I don’t mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn’t criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism. But I think that it’s a balance. And our job as actors is empathy.
All those chemicals that create empathy only work when you are in a room together.
People complain not because something sucks. People complain because they’re looking for empathy and to feel connected with those around them. Unfortunately, complaining is maybe the least useful way to connect with other human beings.
Some of the most common pitfalls I see occur when authors don’t check their privilege. Billions are living in a personal apocalypse right this second, so a little research and empathy can go a long way toward developing a convincing world.
The main tenet of design thinking is empathy for the people you’re trying to design for. Leadership is exactly the same thing – building empathy for the people that you’re entrusted to help.
I feel like there is a real lack of empathy – not just in American society, it’s definitely happening in Britain as well – and it’s heartbreaking that people can see something and not feel it.
The rage of someone who continues to strive so hard and work so hard but is interrupted every day by society, by racism, by white supremacy, by the patriarchy – how can you not feel empathy?
We need to see kindness and we need to see empathy and compassion. That’s something we need to see in leadership as well.
I think people feel like other people are very different from them… And that people who are different from them are actually sort of unworthy of the same rights or empathy. I don’t understand that.
A deep appreciation for politics comes from empathy for our fellow human beings and their diverse paths through life.
You can’t write about the past and ignore religion. It was such a fundamental, mind-shaping, driving force for pre-modern societies. I’m very interested in what religion does to us – its capacity to create love and empathy or hatred and violence.
Cinematography speaks to everything that women do inherently well: It’s multitasking, it’s empathy, and it’s channeling visuals into human emotion.
Empathy is not a betrayal of one’s cause.
I’ve been fascinated by the idea that evil is the absence of empathy.
Empathy is one of our greatest tools of business that is most underused.
Empathy is an uncomfortable force in politics.
Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.
In my work as an actor, I have been given even greater insights and have been guided towards empathy and a consciousness of those who are less fortunate.
Resilience is, of course, necessary for a warrior. But a lack of empathy isn’t.
What Mr. Obama wants in a nominee isn’t really ’empathy’ and ‘understanding.’ He wants a liberal, activist Supreme Court justice.
A love of reading shows empathy, the desire to understand how others live or act or might act – and why.
I am aware of the sufferings of women in India, which is also the suffering of women in many, many countries on our planet. My heart is filled with empathy and love for them.
Obama often criticizes policies that place the interests of the powerful ahead of the powerless. But through his administration‘s support of abortion rights, Obama shows his lack of empathy for society’s most powerless.