15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Inability to access basic needs, economic hardship, uncertainty about the future—no shortage of stress and trauma weighs on the shoulders of many of us right now. And communicating with empathy has never been more critical.

Below are fifteen quotes to help you connect with empathy in your communications with others.

How to Connect with Empathy

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Quote 1: It’s extremely powerful to hear someone say, “I get you. I understand. I see why you feel this way.” This kind of empathy disarms us. – Inspired by Daniel J. Siegel

Quote 2 People will hear you better if you speak from a voice of compassion instead of authority 2 - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 2: People will hear you better if you speak from a voice of compassion instead of authority. They long to be understood more than to be lectured. – Inspired by Dodinsky

Quote 3 Listen - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 3: Sometimes, the most influential thing we can do is listen. – Bob Burg

Quote 4 What does it mean to hold space for someone else - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 4: What does it mean to “hold space” for someone else? It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgment and control. – Unknown

Quote 5 Connection The power that exists between people when they feel seen heard and valued. - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 5: Connection: The power that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued. – Brene Brown

Quote 14 When someone is struggling they already know. 1 - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 6: When someone is struggling, they already know. They don’t need advice. They don’t need solutions. They don’t need judgment. What they need are a smile and grace. And to be reminded that the person behind the battle can still be loved. – Lauren Fortenberry

Quote 6 Brene on Empathy - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 7: Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It’s simply listening, holding space, withholding judgment, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message “you’re not alone.” – Brene Brown

Quote 7 I judge others less when I judge myself less. - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 8: I judge others less when I judge myself less. – Unknown

Quote 8 When someone shares about a difficult situation they are facing - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 9: When someone shares a difficult situation they are facing, don’t respond as though life is simple and there’s an easy solution. Life is complex, and often there are no simple solutions. – Rachel Samson

Quote 9 Communicating with empathy - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 10: What people of all ages can use in a moment of distress is not agreement or disagreement; they need someone to recognize what it is they’re experiencing. – Adele Faber

Quote 9 Trauma happens and harms us. But I often wonder if the worst trauma is the second wave - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 11: Trauma happens and harms us. But I often wonder if the worst trauma is the second wave—when your story is disbelieved, mistrusted, and maligned. May your story find safe harbor in the presence of people who will honor both your vulnerability and resilience. – @kjramseywrites

Quote 10 Empathy Brene - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 12: To empathize with someone’s experience, you must be willing to believe them as they see it and not how you imagine their experience to be. – Brene Brown

Quote 11 Therapist What you are feeling in this situation is perfectly okay. - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 13: Client: I know I probably shouldn’t have these feelings. Therapist: What you are feeling in this situation is perfectly okay. – Rachel Samson

Quote 12 Do not try to reason with someone who is not regulated - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 14: Do not try to reason with someone who is not regulated. – Inspired by Rachel Samson

Quote 13 One of the most effective strategies for regulating emotion is cultivating an attitude of acceptance towards your emotions and the emotions of others. - 15 Quotes on Communicating with Empathy

Quote 15: One of the most effective strategies for regulating emotion is cultivating an attitude of acceptance towards your emotions and the emotions of others. – Rachel Samson

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