175 Quotes About Empathy & Empathetic Listening

Quotes About Empathy

quotes about empathy

The greatest lessons I have ever learned from about empathy were both from my own mother, the most empathetic person I have literally ever met. As well as the author of 7 Highly Habits of Highly Successful People. Which I listened to the entire thing over the course of a flight. An awesome listen by the way.

But Stephen described empathy as seeking to first understand someone. It is so darn simple. But what a powerful life lesson.

I remember being very moved by the way he described what this looked like. And how to integrate it into your interactions with people.

I mean when we do seek to first understand, the whole dynamic of a conversation shifts beautifully. From one that is centered on two people waiting to say what they want to say. To one person really listening with the intent to understand. As well as the person who is being heard, FEELING heard.

This perfect union of human interaction literally has the chance to impact both peoples lives deeply.

We are able to learn so much more from the people we are speaking to. As well as show a deep form of undonditional love and acceptance.

When we give one empathy, we are giving them the floor. And all of us really just want to be heard and to be understood. And accepted for it.

Even the people who speak out and try to create chaos. These people want to be heard by a certain crowd and accepted completely. They just go about it in a different way.

It is a need that all humans have. And when you seek first to understand someone, you open up a dynamic of life that makes living this life incredibly fulfilling.

Because we are all connected in a way. Like a big web in which all of us are part of. And when we show empathy, we spark up this feeling. And are able to become one with other people. Which is another huge desire in humanity. To feel complete.

Once we truly start to show empathy, we feel this sense of completion more and more. And the people we extend it to give it back to us. A true win-win. Another one of Mr. Covey’s habits for being highly effective.

And what we give out almost always comes back to us. The universe flows like water. And this flow comes back to us in whatever form of deposits we put into it.

That is why I believe empathy is one of the most powerful human emotions. To feel and bestow. It is truly a gift. And takes very strong person to give it and feel deserving of receiving it.

But at the end of the day, we are all worthy of enjoying empathetic relationships. And strong enough to give it. And when we realize these two facts, we can make a big impact both internally and externally. And never be the same because of it, in the most positive sense.

Below are different perspectives about what empathy means to a myriad of people. A list of quotes about empathy and empathetic listening. In which we can remind ourselves what empathy means. And exactly how to use it to create a beautiful human existence.

A List of Empathy Quotes

  1. “Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.” – Mohsin Hamid

  2. “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces is. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” – Stephen Covey

  3. “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’s else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbaba Kingsolver

  4. “Patience and empathy are angers mortal enemies.” – Gary Rudz

  5. “You don’t need religion to have morals. If you can’t determine right from wrong then you lack empathy, not religion.” – Kane Bailey

  6. “We need empathy. We need eyes that can still weep.” – Lydia Millet

  7. “Empathy is, seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling  with the heart of another.” – Unknown

  8. “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey

  9. “Empathy is the antidote to shame.” – Brene Brown

  10. “I call him religious who understands the suffering of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

  11. “If we can get man to the moon, we can get man to walk in each other’s shoes.” – Mary Gordon

  12. “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

  13. “Consider the rights of others before your own feelings, and the feelings of others before your own rights.” – John Wooden

  14. “Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug.” – Lawrence J

  15. “If we share our story who responds with empathy and understanding shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown

  16. “Empathy is patiently and sincerely seeing the world through the other person’s eyes. It is not learned in school, it is cultivated over a lifetime.” – Albert Einstein

  17. “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert

  18. “How you make other feeling about themselves, says a lot about you.” – Unknown

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

  20. “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

  21. “Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feeling of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering. – Malthieu Ricard

  22. “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama

  23. “To listen with empathy is the most important human skill.” – Stephen R. Covey

  24. “Real empathy is sometimes not insisting that it will be okay, but acknowledging that it is not.” – Sheryl Sandberg

  25. “Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

  26. “When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s what you can get more creative in solving problems.” – Stephen Covey

  27. “No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” – Brene Brown 

  28. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” – Harper Lee

  29. “There are two types of people, those who come into a room and say ‘well here am I’ and those who come in and say ‘Ah there you are’. – Frederick Collins

  30. “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 automatte, but it makes the world a better place.” – Daniel H. Pink

  31. “Writers don’t write from experience, although many are restraint to admit that they don’t. If you wrote from experience, you’d get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy.” – Nikki Giovanni

  32. “Change begins with understanding and understanding begins by indentifying 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

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

  34. “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the sense of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses. Most people don’t know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as the rely on their physical sense, and in fact probably even more.” – Joy C. Bell

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

  36. “Its the hardest thing in the world to go on being aware of someone else’s pain.” – Pat Barker

  37. “It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive as sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirrow of another love, caring human being.” – John Joseph Powell

  38. “Nothing is more important than empathy for another human being’s suffering. Nothing, not career, not wealth, not intelligence, certainly not status. We have to feel for one another if we’re going to survive with dignity.” – Audrey Hepburn

  39. “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 checking or digging a well.” – Sue Monk Kidd

  40. “Self absorption in all its forms kills empathy, let alone compassion. When we focus on ourselves, our world contracts as our problems and preoccupations loom too large. But when we focus on others, our world expands. Our own problems drift to the periphery of the mind and so seem smaller, and we increase our capacity for connection, or compassionate action.” – Daniel Goleman

  41. “It it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.” – Karen Armstrong

  42. “Trait’s like humility, courage and empathy are easily overlooked – but it’s immensely important to find them in your closest relationships.” – Laura Linney

  43. “The finest souls are those who gulped pain and avoided making others taste it.” – Unknown

  44. “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” – Steve Maraboli

  45. “I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” – Walt Whitman

  46. “Empathy is the faculty to resonate with the feelings of others. When we meet someone who is joyful, we smile. When we witness someone in pain, we suffer in resonance with his or her suffering.” – Matthieu Ricard

  47. “Just as white light consists of colored rays, so reverance for life, contains all the components of ethics, love kindliness, sympathy, empathy, peacefulness and power to forgive.” – Albert Schweitzer

  48. “Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has emapthy for those who have experienced loss.” – Anderson Cooper

  49. “I will never apologize for having too much soul, being too emotional or having too much love to offer. You weren’t capable of handling my kind of love and that is your issue, not mind.” – Katiavilla

  50. “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticize him, you’ll be a mile away and have his shoes!” – Steve Martin

  51. “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mind most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize.” – Marcus Aurelius 

  52. “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver

  53. “Shame cannot survive being spoken. It cannot survive empathy.” – Brene Brown

  54. “I used to dislike being sensitive. I thought it made me weak. But take away that single trait, and you take away the very essence of who I am. You take away my conscience, my ability to empathize, my intuition, my creativity, my deep appreciation of the little things, my vivid inner life, my keen awareness to others pain and my passion for it all.” – Unknown

  55. “Empathy requires known that you know nothing at all.” – Leslie Jamison

  56. “The great gift human being is that we have the power of empathy.” – Meryl Streep

  57. “Empaths did not come into this world to be victims we, came to be warriors.” – Anthon St. Maarten

  58. “Empathy. Truly understanding and sharing the feelings of another. Is what allows for love, kindness, and generosity to flourish. And when that happens, everybody operates at their best.”

  59. “Sympathy’s easy. You have sympathy for starving children, swatting at flies on the late night commercials. Sympathy is easy because it comes from a position of power. Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone else in the eye and realizing you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.” – Dennis Lehane  

  60. “Have compassion and empathy in your heart. Many people are suffering deep emotional anguish beneath the surface of their lives, and smile even as they hurt inside.” – Jim Palmer

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

  62. “Let’s step waiting for a better world. Let’s start working on it together.”

  63. “I think we all have empathy. We may no have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Angelou

  64. “Be kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Plato

  65. “Stay connected to feel empathy, compassion, and understanding for yourself and others.” – Vanessa Tucker

  66. “This is empathy, ‘let me hold the door for you. I may never walked a mile in your shoes, but I can see your shoes are worn. Your strength is torn under the weight of a story I have never lived before. But let me hold the door for you. After all you’ve walked through. It’s the least I can do’.” – Morgan Harper Nichols

  67. “Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.” – Eric Zorn

  68. “Empathy is intuitive, but it is also something you can work on intellectually.” – Tim Minchin 

  69. “The nature of humanity, is essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, adn to act to take the pain away. There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” – John Connolly

  70. “Instead of putting others in their place, put yourself in their place.” – Unknown

  71. “Never underestimate pain. Everyone hurts, some people just hide it better than others.” – Unknown

  72. “Men build too many walls and not enough bridges.” – Joseph Fort Newton

  73. “The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy” – Mehmet Oz

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

  75. “You can never expect empathy or sympathy with people who even lack basic humanity.”

  76. “Empathy isn’t just something that happens to us – a meteor shower of synapses firing across the brain. It’s also a choice we make, to pay attention, to extend ourselves.” – Leslie Jamison 

  77. “One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm. The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient.” – Charles M. Blow

  78. “Empathy is what separates human beings from teenage boys.” – Victor Lavalle

  79. “Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.” – Barack Obama

  80. “Empathy is the capacity to think and feeling oneself into the inner life of another person.” – Heinz Kohut

  81. “Empahty is the connection, before the solution, that leads to solutions!” – Kate Nasser

  82. “We have to teach empathy as we do literacy.” – Bill Drayton

  83. “Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose large than the self kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard

  84. “See the light in each other. Be the light for each other.” – Unkown

  85. “Empathy – The ability to step into the shoes of another person, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide out actions.” – Unknown

  86. “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

  87. “You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck

  88. “When you actually deploy gratitude and empathy you become numb to negativity which leads to pure offense and speed which leads to results.” – Gary Vee

  89. “Too often we underestimate the power of touch. A smile. A kind world. A listening ear. An honest compliment. Or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a live around.’ -Leo Buscaglia

  90. “There is no greater intelligence than kindness and empathy.” – Bryant H. McGill

  91. “The death of human empathy is one of the earliest and most telling signs of a culture about to fall into barbarism.” – Hannah Arendt

  92. “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look though each other’s eyes for an instant.” – Henry David Thoreau

  93. “Empathy is the essential building block for compassion. We have to sense what another person is going through, what they’re feeling, in order to spark compassion in us.” – Daniel Goleman

  94. “Great teachers will empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.” – Ann Lieberman

  95. “Great tings can be achieved by leading though wisdom, empathy, and integrity, with no other agenda than humanity. – Richard Branson

  96. “It’s the lack of empathy that makes it very easy for us to plunge it wars. It’s the lack of empathy that allows us to ignore the homeless on the streets.” – Barack Obama

  97. “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

  98. “How wonderful is it that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

  99. “One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.” – Shannon L. Alder

  100. “Empathy is a gift and I share it with others, but it’s a gift that comes with a terrible price that only those who possess it know. Because to empathize with someone’s pain, you need to have experienced it yourself and that is the hidden price that compassionate people have paid to be who they are.” – Ranata Suzuki

  101. “I have 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

  102. “Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with 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

  103. “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

  104. “Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Unknown

  105. “Empathy is walking a mile somebody else’s moccasins. Sympathy is being sorry their feet hurt.” – Rebecca O’Donnell

  106. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who are known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depth. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

  107. “How can a heart understand the pain of another heart and still do nothing?” – Unknown

  108. “Empathy with someone else’s pain or lack and a desire to help need to be balanced with a deeper realization of the eternal nature of all life and the illusion of all pain. Then let your peace flow into whatever you do, and you will be working on the levels of effect and cause simultaneously.” – Eckhart Tolle

  109. “Ultimately knowing God an reading the World, it helps with patience with people, understanding, empathy and sympathy that they might not have that I have. It god gave it to me, why not exercise it. – Trai Byers

  110. “If we would read the history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” – Henry Longfellow

  111. “If you find yourself saying ‘But I’m just being honest’, changes are you’ve just been unkind. Honesty doesn’t heal. Empathy does.” – Dan Waldschmidt

  112. “I don’t have to agree with you to like you or respect you.” – Anthony Bourdain

  113. “True empathy requires that you step outside your won emotions to view things entirely from the perspective of the other person.” – Unknown

  114. “All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being. Not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

  115. “Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth and your heart for love.” – Unknown

  116. “Extend sympathy, empathy and compassion to others.” – Vishnu

  117. “Remember that everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something and has lost something.” – J. Jackson Brown Jr.

  118. “I am learning not to feel responsible for the problems, issues, circumstances or behavior of others. I am learning that I can show empathy and understanding and listen with care and attention without feeling the need to fix things or make them right.” – Ben Haworth

  119. “The bravest thing any of us can do is admit it when we need help and give our love to those who need it.”

  120. “Empathy fuels connection, sympathy drives disconnection.” – Brene Brown

  121. “Empathy is the ultimate form of customer insight.” – Don Peppers

  122. “One of the most valuable things we can do to heal one another is listen to each other’s stories.” – Rebecca Falls

  123. “Empathy, alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.” – Eric Hoffer

  124. “Kindness manifests in a lot of ways, such as acts of compassion, helpfulness, empathy, forgiveness and caring. These gestures kindle and ignite feelings of love.” – Jude Bijou

  125. “Jump on opportunities to do small acts kindness.”

  126. “Empathy is not born from excessive strength, but rather, from come to know our own weakness.” – Unknown

  127. “Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand sensory overload, or the autistic kid having a meltdown in the school cafeteria because there’s too much stimulation.” – Temple

  128. “Intellectual understanding blocks empathy.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

  129. “Empathy beings with understanding life from another person’s perspectives. Nobody has an objective experience of reality. It’s all through our own individual prisms.” – Unknown

  130. “Empaty says: I’m trying to be a companion to you in your search and your exploration. I want to know, am I with you? Is this the way it seems to you? Is this the thing you’re trying to express? Is this the meaning it has for you?’ So in a sense, I’m saying I’m walking with you step by step, and I want to make sure I am with you. Am I with you? So that’s a little bit of my understanding about empathy.” – Carl Rogers

  131. “Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it, IN a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.” – Cornel West 

  132. “Empathetic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the 5 A’s. Attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection and allowing.” – David Richo

  133. “Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see though their eyes, that 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

  134. “Empathy, the least comfortable of human emotions.” – Frances Gray Patton

  135. “Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.” – Alfred Adler

  136. “Most human emotions exit on a kind of continuum. People talk about lack of empathy, but we all have limits to our empathy.” – Stella Gibson

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

  138. “Just letting you know, your not alone. Holler if you feel like you’ve been down the same road!” – Shannon L Alder

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

  140. “Empathy is forgetting oneself in the joys and sorrows of another, so much so that you actually feel that joy or sorrow experienced by another is your own joy and sorrow. Empathy involves complete identification with another.” – Dada Vaswani

  141. “Empathy is connection, it’s a ladder out of the shame hole.” – Brene Brown

  142. “The state of empathy, or being empathetic, is to perceive the internal frame of reference of another with accuracy and with the emotional components and meanings which pertain thereto as if one were the person.” – Carl Rogers

  143. “Empathy represents the foundation skill for all the social competencies important for work.” – Daniel Goleman

  144. “Empathy comes from the Greek empatheia – em (into) and pathos (feeling) – a penetration, a kind of travel. It suggests you enter another person’s pain as you’d enter another country, through immigration and customs, border crossing by way of query. What grows where you are? What are the lawa? What animals graze there?” – Leslie Jamison

  145. “Empathy is wonderful, but you can still overdose on it if you try too much too fast.” – Nina LaCour

  146. “Empathy is at the heart of the actors art.” – Meryl Streep

  147. “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 the eyes or heart.” – Sue Monk Kidd

  148. “Empathy is one of our highest human skills and holds families and societies together. Feeling connected to other people is probably the deepest satisfaction, we will ever know. How terrible for children who are being brought up without that capacity.” – Sue Gerhardt 

  149. “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Gustav Jung

  150. “Empathy of the plight of the Goddess may be essential in seeing how to face our own plight on Earth.” – John Lamb Lash

  151. “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

  152. “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. It is not the sympath who is broken, it is society that has become dysfunctional and emotionally disabled.” – Anthon St. Maarten

  153. “Nurture your mind with positive thoughts: kindness, empathy, compassion, peace, love, joy, humility, generosity, etc. The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.” – Roy T. Bennett

  154. “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.” – Brene Brown

  155. “Treat people with understanding when you can, and fake it when you can’t until you do understand.” – Kim Harrison

20 Empathetic Listening Quotes

  1. “It was psychological trick called empathetic listening. You say what the person is feeling so they feel understood. – John Green

  2. “In empathetic listening you listen with your ears, but you also, and more importantly, listen with your eyes and with your heart. You listen for feeling, for meaning. You listen for behavior. You use your right brain as well as your left. You sense, you intuit, you feel ‘you have to open yourself up to be influenced’.” – Stephen Covey

  3. “Listening has the quality of the wizard’s alchemy. It has the power to melt armor and to produce beauty in the midst of hatred.” – Brian Muldoon

  4. “Being listened to by someone who understands makes it possible for persons to listen more accurately to themselves, with greater empathy toward their own visceral experiencing, their own vaguely felt meanings.” – Carl Rogers

  5. “A listening, empathetic approach leads to improved communication, to greater acceptance of others, and by others, and to attitudes which are more positive and more problems solving in nature. There is a decrease in defensiveness, in exaggerated statements, in evaluative and critical behavior.” – Carl Rogers

  6. “Empathetic listening is an awesome medication for the hurting heart.” – Gary Chapman

  7. “Give me the gift of a listening heart.” – Solomon

  8. “Empathetic listening takes time but it doesn’t take anywhere near as much time as it takes to back up and correct misunderstandings when you’re already miles down the road, to redo, to live with unexpressed and unsolved problems, to deal with the results of not giving people psychological air.” – Stephen Covey

  9. “Learning is a result of listening which in turn, leads to every 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

  10. “One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually listening to what another has to say.” – Brant McGill

  11. “Empathy isn’t just listening, it’s asking the questions whose answers need to be listened to. Empathy requires inquiry as much as imagination. Empathy requires knowing you know nothing. Empathy means acknowledging a horizon of context that extends perpetually beyond what you can see.” – Leslie Jamison

  12. “Empathetic listening is so powerful because it gives you accurate data to work with. Instead of projecting your own autobiography and assuming thoughts, feelings, motives and interpretation, you’re dealing with the reality inside another person’s head and hear. You’re listening to understand. You’re focused on receiving deep communication of another human soul.” – Stephen Covey

  13. “We think we listen, but very rarely to we listen with real understanding, true empathy. Yet listening, of this very special kind, is one of the most potent forces for change that I know.” – Carl R. Rogers

  14. “Empathy has no script. There is not right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connected, and communicating that incredibly healing message of ‘you are not alone’.” – Brene Brown

  15. “Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Instead of offering empathy, we often have a strong urge to give advice or reassurance and to explain or own position or feeling. Empathy, however, calls upon us to empty our mind and listen to others with our whole being.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg

  16. “There is a difference between listening and waiting for your turn to speak.” – Simon Sinek

  17. “The third facilitative aspect of the relationship is empathetic understanding. This means that the therapist senses accurately the feelings and personal meanings that the client is experiencing and communicates this understanding to the client. When functioning best, the therapist is so much inside the private world of the other that he or she can clarify not only the meanings of which the client is aware but even those just below the level of awareness. The kind of sensitive, active listening is exceedingly rare in our lives.” – Carl R. Rogers

  18. “When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” – Ernest Hemingway

  19. “Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear. All he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” – Roy T. Bennett

  20. “When I get ready to talk to people, I spend two thirds of the time thinking what they want to hear and one third thinking about what I want to say.” – Abraham Lincoln 

Conclusion To Empathetic Quotes

So there we are my friends. A quick list of quotes on empathy and quotes on empathetic listening. I hope you enjoyed the article.

I would love to hear what your favorite quote was. And if you have any to add.

Along with what empathy means to you.

What was a time in your life in which someone showed you complete empathy. That rocked your world. A time so powerful that you will never forget it? Maybe a moment that defined what empathy means to you?

I would love to hear about it in the comment section below!

Let’s chat!

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