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“Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it.” –Judith Orloff, MD. Here are 31 Best Empath Quotes To Understand Your Feelings.

Empath Quotes

1. “There’s nothing that inspires that deep sense of belonging like shared empathy!” ― Brene Brown

2. “The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” ― Bill Bullard

3. “Emotional empathy is what motivates us to help others. “ ― Brian Goldman

4. “Empaths feel more deeply, more intensely, and more persistently than those around us. We even feel what other people are afraid to feel within themselves.” ― Mateo Sol

5. “Empaths are not overly sensitive. They have a gift but must learn to manage their sensitivities.”― Judith Orloff

6. “The sad thing that many of us empaths don’t realize is that often our desire to heal others is a disguised cry for help for our own healing. Because many of us weren’t taught how to value or nurture ourselves at a young age, we tend to unconsciously seek out our own healing in the healing of others.”
Mateo Sol

7. “We empaths have many marvelous traits. We have huge hearts and the instinct to help others in need or who are less fortunate.”― Judith Orloff

8. “Remember that the greatest thing about being empathetic is that when someone accomplishes something awesome, you will feel just as awesome as if you accomplished it yourself.”― Michael Unks

9. “Empathy is an important and valuable skill to have in many aspects in life. Not only does it contribute to strong bonds and general trust, but it allows us to gain insight of the emotions and thoughts of other people. In a sense, it offers you a chance to experience life the way someone else does.” ― Tuan Luu

10. “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

Empath Quotes

11. “Intuition is a wonderful gift but it can be both a blessing and a curse. If you can easily tune in to the grief of another, it is very easy to lose your way if you have not yet resolved your own present or past trauma and grief. If you have not healed from your own grief and you turn around and give all you have to give, you will find yourself drowning. Soon there will be nothing left of you.” ― Kate McGahan

12. “We can influence a person and actually change a person’s thinking by the words we use. We can show kindness and empathy by the phrases we use and the actions we take.” ― Catherine Pulsifer

13. “Empathy is the medicine the world needs.” ― Judith Orloff

14. “Learning to give empathy to myself and others as often as I can each day has rendered astounding benefits….Empathy leads to compassion and compassion to forgiveness and connection. ” ―
Judith Hanson Lasater

15. “A human being is a part of a whole, called by us ‘universe’, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest…a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a person nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ― Albert Einstein

16. “Empathy is simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of you’re not alone.” ― Brene Brown

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

18. “Create boundaries. Honor your limits. Say no. Take a break. Let go. Stay grounded. Nurture your body. Love your vulnerability. And if all else fails, breathe deeply.” ― Aletheia Luna

19. “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

20. “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

Empath Quotes

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

22. “Some people are far more cognizant than others but sensitivity has its own cross to bear and ample insight, in many cases, can bring on disquietude.”
Donna Lynn Hope

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

24. “The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.” ― Meryl Streep

25. “Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.” ― Marshall B. Rosenberg

26. “If it is not tempered by compassion and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.” ― Karen Armstrong

27. “Empaths have often been labeled as ‘overly sensitive’ and told to ‘get a thicker skin.’ As children and adults, we are shamed for our sensitivities rather than supported….But at this point in my life, I wouldn’t give up being an empath for anything. It lets me sense the secrets of the universe and know passion beyond my wildest dreams.” ― Judith Orloff

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

29. The nature of humanity, its essence, is to feel another’s pain as one’s own, and to act to take that pain away. There is a nobility in compassion, a beauty in empathy, a grace in forgiveness.” ― John Connolly

Empath Quotes

30. “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”― Henry David Thoreau

31. “I have a very strong feeling that the opposite of love is not hate – it’s apathy. It’s not giving a damn.” ― Leo Buscaglia

32. “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

33. “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” ― Roger Ebert

34. “The way of being with another person which is termed empathic…means temporarily living in their life, moving abut in it delicately without making judgment… to be with another in this way means that for the time being you lay aside the views and values you hold for yourself in order to enter the other’s world without prejudice…a complex, demanding, strong yet subtle and gentle way of being.” ― Carl Rogers

35. “Suffering and joy teach us, if we allow them, how to make the leap of empathy, which transports us into the soul and heart of another person. ” ― William Fritz

36. “The Chinese philosopher Chuang-Tzu stated that true empathy requires listening with the whole being: The hearing that is only in the ears is one thing. The hearing of the understanding is another. But the hearing of the spirit is not limited to any one faculty, to the ear, or to the mind. Hence it demands the emptiness of all the faculties. And when the faculties are empty, then the whole being listens. There is then a direct grasp of what is right there before you that can never be heard with the ear or understood with the mind.” ― Marshall B. Rosenberg

37. “There is no reconciliation until you recognize the dignity of the other until you see their view- you have to enter into the pain of the people. You’ve got to feel their need. “ ― John M. Perkins

38. “We all are born with a certain package. We are who we are: where we were born, who we were born as, how we were raised. We’re kind of stuck inside that person, and the purpose of civilization and growth is to be able to reach out and empathize a little bit with other people. And for me, the movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams, and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us. “ ― Roger Ebert

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Best of Empath Quotes

1.
“Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it.” –Judith Orloff
2.
“Some people are far more cognizant than others but sensitivity has its own cross to bear and ample insight, in many cases, can bring on disquietude.”
― Donna Lynn Hope
3.
“Create boundaries. Honor your limits. Say no. Take a break. Let go. Stay grounded. Nurture your body. Love your vulnerability. And if all else fails, breathe deeply.”
― Aletheia Luna

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