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Anyone who has experienced a certain amount of loss in their life has empathy for those who have experienced loss.
-- Anderson Cooper

[torture] presupposes, it requires, it craves the abrogation of our capacity to imagine others' suffering, dehumanizing them so much that their pain is not our pain. It demands this of the torturer, placing the victim outside and beyond any form of compassion or empathy, but also demands of everyone else the same distancing, the same numbness...
-- Ariel Dorfman

There is also a natural and very, very strong empathy with the underdog, with people who have suffered, people who have been pushed around by foreigners in particular, but also by their own people.
-- Lakhdar Brahimi

The right tools for solving disputes within our community are precision instruments such as reason, communication, empathy, curiosity, and understanding. They are also the right tools for building a global civilization of peace and prosperity.
-- Paul K. Chappell

* "Why wouldn't I help? What good reason do I have as a human being with power and a sense of empathy and morality, why wouldn't I do something?"
-- John Legend

 You know, there's a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit. But I think we should talk more about our empathy deficit - the ability to put ourselves in someone else's shoes; to see the world through the eyes of those who are different from us - the child who's hungry, the steelworker who's been laid-off, the family who lost the entire life they built together when the storm came to town. When you think like this - when you choose to broaden your ambit of concern and empathize with the plight of others, whether they are close friends or distant strangers - it becomes harder not to act; harder not to help.-- Barack Obama

We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges. -- Barack Obama

* "I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs"
-- Anita Roddick

* "Empathy and compassion are in such critical need in our society. We need to do all we can to promote these values in our world culture."
-- Edwin Rutsch

* "When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you."
-- Susan Sarandon

"I've always had a really developed sense of justice. As a child, I would rotate my dolls' dresses for fear that they might come alive at midnight and one of them would always have the best dress on. Whatever it was that made me worry about my dolls I suppose has paid off in my career because, really, an actor is all about empathy and imagination. And those are the cornerstones of activism.
-- Susan Sarandon

We shall listen, not lecture; learn, not threaten. We will enhance our safety by earning the respect of others and showing respect for them. In short, our foreign policy will rest on the traditional American values of restraint and empathy, not on military might.
-- Theodore C. Sorensen

"The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.
-- Meryl Streep

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

 

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