Quotations About
empathy

Louise: What is this feeling I’m feeling right now? It’s like I’m sad for another person. Is that a thing? Am I going crazy?

Bob Fires the Kids (season 3, episode 3)
Posted in: Bob's Burgers

Man knows so little about his fellows. In his eyes all men or women act upon what he believes would motivate him if he were mad enough to do what the other man or woman is doing.

Light in August (1932)
Posted in: William Faulkner

I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.

Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865)
Posted in: Abraham Lincoln

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Driftwood (1857)

Dexter Morgan: I see their pain. On some level I even understand their pain. I just can’t feel their pain.

Crocodile (season 1, episode 2)
Posted in: Dexter

I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.

"Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
Posted in: Roger Ebert