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11 of the best book quotes about empathy
  1. #1
    “Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell’s shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.”
  2. #2
    “Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears, for they are rain upon the blinding dust of earth, overlying our hard hearts. I was better after I had cried, than before--more sorry, more aware of my own ingratitude, more gentle.”
  3. #3
    “If empathy is the skill or ability to tap into our own experiences in order to connect with an experience someone is relating to us, compassion is the willingness to be open to this process.”
  4. #4
    “It is because I think so much of warm and sensitive hearts, that I would spare them from being wounded.”
  5. #5
    “You children made Walter Cunningham stand in my shoes for a minute. That was enough.”
  6. #6
    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
  7. #7
    “If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive.”
  8. #8
    “There is prodigious strength in sorrow and despair.”
  9. #9
    “Are you proud of yourself tonight that you have insulted a total stranger whose circumstances you know nothing about?”
  10. #10
    “Courage gives us a voice and compassion gives us an ear. Without both, there is no opportunity for empathy and connection.”
  11. #11
    “The more we diminish our own pain, or rank it compared to what others have survived, the less empathetic we are to everyone.”
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