Empathy is the most powerful tool we can use to make this world a better place. Some of us have empathy naturally, and others need to take the time to learn it. Here are ten inspirational empathy quotes from well-known people, highlighting just how important it is.
“Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” – Henri Nouwen
“Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” – Mohsin Hamid
“Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.” – Max Carver
“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.” – Sue Monk Kidd
“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.” – Daniel H. Pink
“Empathy is the ability to step outside of your own bubble and into the bubbles of other people.” – C. JoyBell C.
“Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.” – Barack Obama