Identifying as an empath can feel like a revelation at first. It can be comforting to discover that you are not the only one who feels life so deeply. And encouraging to know there is nothing wrong with being more sensitive than most.
These quotes are sure to help you appreciate being an empath. And empower you to embrace your gifts of heightened sensitivity.
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What does it mean to be an empath?
Empaths have a heightened ability to feel the mental or emotional state of others. And can easily pick up on energy in their environment. This sensitivity can cause empaths to become drained. Often because the empath takes on these outside energies as their own. Empaths can have trouble differentiating between outside energy and their own authentic energy.
The benefits of being an empath
Although feeling everything so deeply isn’t always easy, being an empath is a gift.
Empaths have a greater level of perception. A heightened understanding of life. An intelligence that comes from feeling. Because of their sensitivities, empaths can enjoy a richer life experience overall.
If you are an empath, know that your sensitivity is your superpower. The compassion you’re capable of can change the world. So love and accept yourself. Learn to protect your energy. And support yourself with these inspiring words.
50 Empath quotes to inspire and empower you
Short empath quotes
“Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing.” – Marshall B. Rosenberg.
“Empathy is the gateway; compassion is the way.” – Scott Perry.
“The highest form of knowledge is empathy.” – Bill Bullard.
“Manage your energy, not your time.” – Anthon St. Maarten.
“Note to empath: Observe, don’t absorb.” – Unknown.
“Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing.” – Nora Roberts.
“You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.” – John Steinbeck.
“Empathy needs no genius. – Toba Beta.
“Empaths don’t act fake. They get quiet.” – Jane Lightworker.
“I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” – Roger Ebert.
Inspirational empath quotes
“Empathy is the greatest virtue. From it, all virtues flow. Without it, all virtues are an act.” – Eric Zorn.
“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 underestimate the empowered empath. Our kindness and compassion is 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.
“There is no small act of kindness. Every compassionate act makes large the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher.
“Part of the beauty of empathy is allowing yourself to feel a range and depth of emotion by embracing it rather than avoiding it.” – Christine Rose Elle.
“Being an empath is a huge asset when you learn to manage it.” – Judith Orloff.
“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt.
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.
“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.
“Learning to give empathy to myself and others as often as I can each day has rendered astounding benefits… Empathy leads to compassion and compassion to forgiveness and connection.” – Judith Hanson Lasater.
Positive empath quotes
“Each day is not to be wasted but to be valued and used to make situations more bearable for others, to show sympathy or empathy for others, to contribute to someone else’s skills or to help change a behavior.” – Byron Pulsifer.
“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.
‘Leading with integrity and empathy requires vision and a connection to your deepest self.’ – Karla McLaren.
“Remember that the greatest thing about being empathetic is that when someone accomplishes something awesome, you will feel just as awesome as if you accomplished it yourself.” – Michael Unks.
“There’s nothing that inspires that deep sense of belonging like shared empathy.” – Brene Brown.
“Intuitive empaths have a more profound grasp of other people’s emotions. Due to this rare trait, they feel the thrill of their surroundings more intensely than others do. In turn, it is almost impossible for them to ignore these senses. Luckily, unlike other empaths, intuitive empaths can control what and how this energy affects them. They can direct this distinct talent towards helping others.” – Katya Ki.
“Everything in existence is energy and gives off waves. Empaths are merely magnets for those energy waves, some feeling small crests while others live bombarded with tidal waves.” – Jennifer Soldner.
“Opinion is really the lowest form of human knowledge. It requires no accountability, no understanding. The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” – Bill Bullard.
“Sensitivity isn’t being wimpy. It’s about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom.” – Jeff Buckley.
“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.
Encouraging empath quotes
“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.
“I’m here to remind you, and myself, that all your feelings are welcome. All your emotions, your ‘too much-ness’, your intensity. All the parts of you that are deep and dark and challenging and hard. They are welcome. They are beautiful and true. They are healing and powerful. They are the place from which the light is born. They are the reason you can feel so much love and joy.”- Stephenie Zamora.
“Why is sensitivity perceived as being dangerous? When we’re sensitive, we feel things we were taught not to feel. When we’re sensitive, we are completely open to attack. When we’re sensitive, we are awake and in touch with our hearts – and this can be very threatening to the status quo indeed.” – Aletheia Luna.
“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.
“Yes, the people around us can be insensitive, narcissistic, toxic, and sometimes even abusive, but it is up to us to take that energy on or let it flow through us. No one is responsible for taking away our happiness but us.” – Aletheia Luna.
“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.” – Roy T. Bennett.
“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.
“Pain shared is pain lessened; joy shared is joy increased. Thus do we refute entropy.” – Spider Robinson.
“Empaths be like… I don’t just listen to your words. I listen to your use of words, your tone, your body movements, your eyes, your subtle facial expressions. I interpret your silences. I can hear everything you don’t say in words.” – Unknown.
“Resisting, identifying with, and suppressing emotions is the number one reason why we become so sick and overwhelmed as empaths. But the more embracing and accommodating you are towards the emotions you feel, without identifying with them, the more quickly they leave.” – Aletheia Luna.
Spiritual empath quotes
“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.
“There are numerous Starseeds on this planet and they are here to illumine all of the dark corners of this earth.” – Michael Bassey Johnson.
“Empathy is really the opposite of spiritual meanness. It’s the capacity to understand that every war is both won and lost. And that someone else’s pain is as meaningful as your own.” – Barbara Kingsolver.
“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.
“There are only two kinds of people who can drain your energy: those you love, and those you fear. In both instances, it is you who let them in. They did not force their way into your aura, or pry their way into your reality experience.” – Anthon St. Maarten.
“The shamanic Quechuan word for empath is “Qawaq” which means “one who sees.” It comes from the verb “Qaway” which means “to see” the living energy. The Incas believe that people born with the ability to experience the energy of others have a great blessing as they are able to connect to their Souls and the Spirit of existence much more easily than others.” – Mateo Sol.
“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.
“When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
“I think that listening to music or creating music is a spiritual undertaking. The process of creating music involves listening. It involves sensitivity. It involves humility. It’s something higher than words.” – Matisyahu.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi.
I am an empath quotes
“It is true that I am endowed with an absurd sensitiveness, what scratches others tears me to pieces.” – Gustave Flaubert.
“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.
“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.
“I am sensitive. I love deeply. I think deeply about life. I am honest, loyal, and true. I appreciate the simple things. I will not change or harden to this world. It is this sensitivity, perception, sincerity, awareness, affection, and gentle grace that makes me who I am.” – Unknown.
“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.” – Sandra Cooze.
“I do not ask the wounded person how he feels, I myself become the wounded person.” – Walt Whitman
“I know a beautiful soul when I feel one. The empath in me honors the authentic in you.” – Melody Lee.
“I am an empath. I can hear what you are not saying.” – Unknown.
“It is so important for us as empaths to maintain a sense of connectedness with life. When we put up walls to protect ourselves, we end up exhausting, victimizing, and alienating ourselves. It is far more satisfying, effective, and healthy to work with our gifts, rather than against them.” – Aletheia Luna.
“I grew up weird – very sensitive and highly inhibited. I felt like I was born in the wrong time zone to the wrong people at the wrong place.” – Marla Gibbs.
More ways to care for yourself as an empath
Inspiring words are a wonderful way to support yourself. It feels good to know that many other people feel the same way as you do. One of the best books I have read on being an empath is Empaths on their Soul Path: A Guide in Your Awakening by Corri Coaching.
Other ways you can care for yourself as an empath are:
- Mindful media intake.
- Avoid situations that drain you.
- Avoid people that drain you.
- Spend more time on hobbies you love and on what fills you.
- Practice excellent self-care.
- Care for your physical health and wellness.
- Spend more time with people and in environments that give you good energy.
- Get outside in nature more often.
It’s important to get to know yourself well to understand what you need. And then give yourself what you need.
I hope these empath quotes have encouraged you to appreciate your gifts of sensitivity. Please let me know what you think in the comments.
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