Posts Tagged ‘Empathy’

No one ever got very high by pulling other people down. The intelligent merchant does not knock his competitors. The sensible worker does not knock those who work with him. Don’t knock your friends. Don’t knock your enemies. Don’t knock yourself.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson (by George Frederic Watts; Public Domain)

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It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice to and rebuke the sufferer.

—Aeschylus (Soldier in the Battle of Marathon, author of Agamemnon; Creative Commons)

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Empathy for Others

Always recognize that human individuals are ends, and do not use them as means to your end.

—Immanuel Kant (Public Domain)

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The man who can put himself in the place of other men, who can understand the workings of their minds, need never worry about what the future has in store for him.

—Owen D. Young, American industrialist (1922; Public Domain)

Here’s the real challenge in this: it requires us to shift our focus away from ourselves and towards others—a daunting task. Doing this, however, allows us to change our perspective on life. The ability to see the world through the eyes of others, to tap into their innermost concerns and desires, not only gives us the ability to truly help them move forward, it also helps us to lead a balanced, happy, spiritually-driven life.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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We are living in a time when creeds and ideologies vary and clash. But the gospel of human sympathy is universal and eternal.

—Samuel Hopkins Adams (by Paul Thompson, 1922; Public Domain)

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He that sympathizes in all the happiness of others, perhaps himself enjoys the safest happiness; and he that is warned by the folly of others has perhaps attained the soundest wisdom.

—Charles Caleb Colton (Fair Use)

Having a deep empathy for our fellow souls has the added benefit of allowing us to share in their happiness and learn from their mistakes. If we are only focused on ourselves, we miss out on that opportunity.

—MSH, Penn Wealth

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Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Public Domain)

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