Empathy Quotes

Students read for tests and because their parents ask them to, but I think it's very important to tell children that you can read for fun, too, and to understand human spirit. It builds empathy. Adora Svitak

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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. Alia Shawkat

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The youngest children have a great capacity for empathy and altruism. There's a recent study that shows even 14-month-olds will climb across a bunch of cushions and go across a room to give you a pen if you drop one. Alison Gopnik

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

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What we need in medical schools is not to teach empathy, as much as to preserve it - the process of learning huge volumes of information about disease, of learning a specialized language, can ironically make one lose sight of the patient one came to serve; empathy can be replaced by cynicism. Abraham Verghese

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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. Alanis Morissette

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This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and power and no empathy. Alice Walker

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There were some advantages to being a woman photographer. I think women have more empathy with the subject. Annie Leibovitz

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

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The thing that enchants me the most is the ability women have to feel other people's pain. The total empathy that women have is extraordinary. Ashton Kutcher

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'I' is the word everyone uses to refer to themselves. On the one hand, it points to a specific person, but it's also this blank space that you can insert yourself into; it's a chute into empathy. Alexandra Kleeman

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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. Andrea Arnold

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As I grew up, I began to discover a little bit about the situation of black people in America and experienced an immediate empathy with the victims of such senseless discrimination. Because although the Turks were never slaves, they were regarded as enemies within Europe because of their Muslim beliefs. Ahmet Ertegun

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I really like feeling connected to people and feeling like I have a good, solid sense of empathy. Aimee Bender

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I have a great deal of empathy for anyone who's having a hard time. I believe this ability to see another's viewpoint has served me well as a writer. Alex Flinn

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When I came to the last line of 'Car Crash While Hitchhiking,' I read it as a pitiless statement of indifference: a refusal to warn the family of their impending collision, a refusal to help when miraculously spared, a refusal to act on the empathy hiding behind the story's language. Anthony Marra

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The greater good is achieved by not only telling people what they need to know, but also filling them with a sense of empathy and love. Abigail Disney

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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

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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. Antonya Nelson

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We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges. Barack Obama

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Fiction and essays can create empathy for the theoretical stranger. Barbara Kingsolver

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Literature sucks you into another psyche. So the creation of empathy necessarily influences how you'll behave to other people. Barbara Kingsolver

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When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community. That's one of the great feelings - to stop being me for a little while and to become us. That way lies empathy, the great social virtue. Brian Eno

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I cry a lot when I feel empathy. I can feel heartbroken by life, and I cry quite easily, sometimes for no reason. It's healthy, I think. Bat for Lashes

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I feel empathy for people who are trapped in a prison of self-consciousness in an uncomfortable way. We can be free, but we're so held back. So perhaps that's why I feel a duty to make my work. I feel liberated when I'm doing it, and I want other people to feel liberated through it. Bat for Lashes

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We have to teach empathy as we do literacy. Bill Drayton

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Entrepreneurs may be brutally honest, but fostering relationships with partners and building enduring communities requires empathy, self-sacrifice and a willingness to help others without expecting anything in return. Ben Parr

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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. Carly Fiorina

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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. Cass Sunstein

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It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting. Christian Bale

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