I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
Dexter Morgan: I see their pain. On some level I even understand their pain. I just can’t feel their pain.
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.
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.
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.
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?