70+ Best Empath Quotes To Encourage and Empower Your Sensitivity

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A collection of empath quotes that will empower you and remind you of how strong and special you are.

Verywellmind.com defined an empath as “a person highly attuned to the feelings and emotions of those around them. “

There’s no denying that being an empath is a very special gift. An empath is a highly sensitive person. A person who feels so deeply. A person who can understand and feel our pain, heartbreaks, and difficulties on much a deeper level.

They take our pain as their own which enables us to open up to them without the fear of being judged and misunderstood.

That’s why I have gathered the best and most inspiring empath quotes below to show you how brave you are and remind you of your invaluable strength because we know how sometimes everything can just easily get so overwhelming and stressful for you.

I hope that these empowering quotes will help lift your spirits and show you how amazing you really are.

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Empath Quotes and Sayings

Never underestimate the empowered empath. Our kindness and compassion are too often mistaken for weakness or naivety, while we are in fact highly calibrated human lie detectors…and fearless warriors for truth and justice.

— Anthon St. Maarten

Sensitive people care when the world doesn’t because we understand waiting to be rescued and no one shows up. We have rescued ourselves, so many times that we have become self taught in the art of compassion for those forgotten.

— Shannon L. Alder

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

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

— Maya Angelou

Empathy is the medicine the world needs.

— Judith Orloff

Empaths process information about their environments-both physical and emotional-unusually deep. They tend to notice subtleties that others miss-another person’s shift in mood, say, or a lightbulb burning a touch too brightly.

— Susan Cain

As empaths, our high level of sensitivity means that we are prone to feeling like eternal outsiders who are in the world but not quite of the world.

— Aletheia Luna

Empaths are absorbers, not observers. When you just observe, you are no longer an empath but just a sympath.

— Monika Chhetri

Empaths have to be careful not to internalize others’ feelings, as this can cause them to feel anxious, sad, or even depressed. It can leave the empath feeling drained or exhausted. They must learn to set boundaries so as not to let toxic people drain them dry.

— Donna G. Bourgeois

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

The highest form of knowledge is empathy.

— Bill Bullard

Empaths did not come into this world to be victims, we came to be warriors. Be brave. Stay strong. We need all hands on deck.

— Anthon St. Maarten

Being an Empath is a double-edged sword.

— Dr Anujj Elviis

An empath is an emotional sponge. They absorb the stress and also the positive emotions into their own bodies from other people.

— Dr. Judity Orloff

Empowered Empath Quotes

I AM AN EMPATH – Watching certain types of movies can become unbearable. The energy of TV and Radio can be maddening. I know your feelings better than you do. I know when you lie. I crave solitude. I need order or I can’t think straight. Complete strangers tell me their life story. – I AM A HEALER

— Sandra Cooze

Some people think only intellect counts: knowing how to solve problems, knowing how to get by, knowing how to identify an advantage and seize it. But the functions of intellect are insufficient without courage, love, friendship, compassion, and empathy.

— Dean Koontz

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

Empathy means both understanding others on their own terms and bringing them within the orbit of one’s own experience.

— Jacob A. Belzen

For there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.

— Milan Kundera

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You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.

— John Steinbeck

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

No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care

— Theodore Roosevelt

I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.

― Walt Whitman

Empathy is a creative act. It is the act of imagining ourselves not only in another’s shoes, but perhaps inhabiting their very heart and soul.

― Michele Jennae

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.

— Susan Sarandon

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

— Leo Buscaglia

Empathetic presence involves listening to someone’s pain with what I call the five A’s: attention, acceptance, appreciation, affection, and allowing.

— David Richo

Some say I’m too sensitive but the truth is I just feel too much. Every word, every action and every energy goes straight to my heart.

— Unknown

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Short Quotes For Empaths

Empaths don’t act fake. They get quiet.

— Jane Lightworker

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

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

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

— Oprah Winfrey

Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.

— Eric Zorn

Emotional empathy is what motivates us to help others.

― Brian Goldman

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.

— Marshall B. Rosenberg

Empathy is a necessary step for truth and reconciliation.

— Simon Baron-Cohen

Sensitivity isn’t being wimpy. It’s about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom. I enjoy a lot of mystery.

— Jeff Buckley

Empathy is about finding echoes of another person in yourself.

— Mohsin Hamid

Leading with integrity and empathy requires vision and a connection to your deepest self.

— Karla McLaren

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

― Meryl Streep

Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It’s the impetus for creating change.

— Max Carver

Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it.

— Judith Orloff

Inspirational Empath Quotes

I know a beautiful soul when I feel one. The empath in me honors the authentic in you.

― Melody Lee

As an empath, it’s vital that you learn how to hold space for your emotions, even the most painful ones. By anchoring yourself in your breath, you can learn how to witness the emotional energy of others within you, without attaching yourself to these sensations.

— Mateo Sol

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

Dear empath: You are a being of immense depth, wisdom, and compassion. You are a pioneer and trailblazer of humanity, a model for others on how to be sensitive and powerful. All the strength and love you need is already within you, waiting to be discovered.

― Mateo Sol

Never apologize for being sensitive or emotional. Let this be a sign that you’ve got a big heart and aren’t afraid to let others see it. Showing your emotions is a sign of strength.

— Brigitte Nicole

You cannot make everyone think and feel as deeply as you do. This is your tragedy as an empath. Because you understand them, but they do not understand you.

— Daniel Saint

Instead of trying to “shield” yourself as an empath, try to create boundaries instead — this is a much more healthy, sustainable, and long term practice.

— Mateo Sol

Many people confuse empaths for weak people who are nothing but scared. The opposite is true. When surrounded by positive energy they flourish into lovely creatures that are so much fun to hang around.

— Katya Ki

Now, more than ever, our society is in need of sensitive and empathic people. Now, more than ever, the human race needs to go inwards and connect with the Soul again. As natural born healers, intuitives, and mentors, it is not only our responsibility but also our destiny to help humanity heal.

— Aletheia Luna

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

— Eleonora Duse

To embrace suffering culminates in greater empathy, the capacity to feel what it is like for the other to suffer, which is the ground for unsentimental compassion and love.

— Stephen Batchelor

I understand now that I’m not a mess but a deeply feeling person in a messy world. I explain that now, when someone asks me why I cry so often, “For the same reason I laugh so often – because I’m paying attention.

— Glennon Doyle Melton

One of the greatest advantages of being an empath is that experiencing a spiritual awakening is virtually inevitable. In other words, spiritually awakening seems to be written into our DNA.

— Aletheia Luna

If we could look into each other’s heart and understand the unique challenges each of us faces, I think we would treat each other much more gently, with more love, patience, tolerance, and care.

— Marvin J. Ashton

More Quotes About Empaths

There is no small act of kindness.

Every compassionate act makes large the world.

— Mary Anne Radmacher

If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void.

— Karen Armstrong

Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place.

— Daniel H. Pink

Empathy is important, openness, honesty, and an understanding for others.

— Niko Kovac

Empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.

— Alfred Adler

Empathy is one of our greatest tools of business that is most underused.

— Daniel Lubetzky

Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing.

— Nora Roberts

If we can get man to the moon, we can get man to walk in each other’s shoes.

— Mary Gordon

And so, even though she was loving by nature, as time passed, she craved solitude more and more, due to the tortures of her sensitive heart.

— John Mark Green

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

The only way to change someone’s mind is to connect with them from the heart.

— Rasheed Ogunlaru

Empathy is the love fire of sweet remembrance and shared understanding.

— John Eaton

Each person you meet is an aspect of yourself, clamoring for love.

— Eric Micha’el Leventhal

The agony of the empath is feeling their pain but being unable to save them from it.

― Donna Lynn Hope

Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.

— Andrew Boyd

All empaths can feel if someone is genuine or not. Unaware empaths often disregard the red flags. Empowered empaths listen to their intuition right away.

— Jane Lightworker

Empathy is like giving someone a psychological hug.

— Lawrence J

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