Gunnar Myrdal - Roger Ebert - Richard Dawkins TV - The Genius of British Art TV - Simon Baron-Cohen - Duc de la Rochefoucauld - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross - Neil deGrasse Tyson - Eric Kandel - Jim Davidson - Steven Pinker - BBC Horizon TV - Mahatma Gandhi -
77,300. The big majority of Americans, who are comparatively well off, have developed an ability to have enclaves of people living in the greatest misery without almost noticing them. (Injustice & Misery & Minority & Empathy) Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist & sociologist
61,569. I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization. (Civilisation & Empathy) Roger Ebert
560. Science shows we humans are hard-wired to have empathy. (Religion & Science & Empathy) Richard Dawkins, Sex, Death and The Meaning of Life I: Sin, Channel 4 2012
71,235. I find myself deeply agreeing with you as a fellow human being using the same gift of empathy. As a Darwinian however it’s slightly more difficult to understand. I think I can kind of do it. I sometimes do wonder where this profound sense of empathy – this utter inability to be happy when another creature is suffering, which we all have – where that precisely comes from I think we can make a Darwinian story, but it’s not entirely obvious. Professor Richard Dawkins, interviewing Ian McEwan
11,118. He [Hogarth] shows a new empathy to the marginalised ... High and low, comic and serous. (Artists: Hogarth & Empathy) The Genius of British Art: Hogarth, Channel 4 2010
71,236. We’ve made real progress in identifying which regions of the brain are involved when somebody is trying to figure out what someone else is thinking or feeling ... I identify ten different regions of the brain which I call the Empathy Circuit. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, interview Andrew Marr, Radio 4, 2nd May 2011
71,237. There are many ways to lose your empathy. We’ve already talked about early experience ... biology ... cultural factors. ibid.
71,238. If you are low on Empathy, you may be the last person to know it. ibid.
71,239. The Empathy Circuit in the brain can fluctuate from moment to moment ... even if you’ve had a bad day. ibid.
71,240. Empathy is a skill like any human skill. ibid.
71,241. Think of empathy deficit as a disability. ibid.
71,242. We are all strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others. Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maximes, 1678
71,243. The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen. (Empathy & Sympathy) Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
71,245. Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathize with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy. Neil deGrasse Tyson
71,246. One of the ultimate challenges for biology is to understand the brain’s processing of unconscious and conscious perception, emotion, and empathy. (Empathy & Emotion & Biology & Brain) Eric Kandel
89,627. There’s people starving in the Third World. Fuck ’em. (Starvation & Empathy & Sympathy) Jim Davidson, British right-wing comedian on stage
82,461. Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control. (Nature & Violence & Empathy) Steven Pinker
47,673. Oxytocin [hormone] seems to be the key to empathy. (Evil & Good & Empathy & Morality & Ethics) Horizon: Are You Good or Evil? BBC 2011
76,658. It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honoured by the humiliation of their fellow beings. (Humiliation & Empathy & Sympathy & Honour) Mahatma Gandhi