37 Quotes About Lack of Empathy

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Empathy is just one part of a large range of emotions. These quotes about lack of empathy demonstrate some of the changes that occur when you show care for another person.

“A leader who allows their subordinates to suffer as proof of who is the boss likely quenches their thirst with salt water from a rusted canteen.”

“A psychiatrist without compassion is a terrifying thing indeed.”

“All wars derive from lack of empathy: the incapacity of one to understand and accept the likeness or difference of another. Whether in nations or the encounters of race and sex, competition then replaces compassion, subjection excludes mutuality.”

“Being kind to someone, only to look kind to others, defeats the purpose of being kind.”

“Even worse than seeing women’s privacy violated on social media is reading the accompanying comments that show such a lack of empathy.”

“Humankind seems to have an enormous capacity for savagery, for brutality, for lack of empathy, for lack of compassion.”

“I am truly passionate and concerned about the lack of empathy that people show towards one another.”

“I believe that lack of empathy is behind many problems, and I believe that it’s disrupting our society.”

“I have been under considerable pressure to buy at least a laptop computer. I have always turned the suggestions down for the reason that I have never done creative work on a typewriter. There is to me a lack of empathy.”

“I hope they’re present in their lives and feel some kind of empathy. I think a lot of the mistakes that have been made in the world have been through a lack of empathy.”

“I think of moral beauty as what is the good and the just – terms perhaps best defined by their opposite: evil.”

“I told you once that I was searching for the nature of evil. I think I’ve come close to defining it: a lack of empathy. It’s the one characteristic that connects all the defendants.”

“I’ve made my life’s work spotting assholes. And you know, I think it’s harder now than ever before because there’s so many socially acceptable ways to exhibit a pathological lack of empathy.”

“I’m not making excuses for the missed opportunities of the Israelis, or the lack of generosity, the lack of empathy that I think goes hand-in-hand with the suspicion.”

“Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so.”

“Narcissists only play for their own business, whereas Distortionists play with other’s business only to gain personal advantage. If you are both, then you aren’t an entrepreneur.”

“Normal people have an incredible lack of empathy. They have good emotional empathy, but they don’t have much empathy for the autistic kid who is screaming at the baseball game because he can’t stand the sensory overload.”

“People do not emphasize with victims and give them limitless sympathy, but can very quickly switch to aggression and rejection.”

“People like it when others fail and suffer. They get assured they are not alone in that predicament.”

“People with antisocial personality disorders aren’t automatically bad – they simply approach the world with a more ruthless set of lenses.”

“Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal.”

“Political correctness is anti-empathetic because it has correctness in it. We all have biases, we all have prejudices and if we cant talk about them openly – if we get attacked for it then this is an anti-empathetic movement and therefore it cannot complain about a lack of empathy.”

“Remember that the more you know, the less you fear.”

“She might have been born this way, without an empathy gene and other essentials. In that case, she would interpret any kindness as weakness. Among predatory beasts, any display of weakness is an invitation to attack.”

“She was so upset about a blog that maybe a total of six people read yet had no compassion for her granddaughters who had suffered the physical and emotional pains of sexual abuse and whose lives were changed forever.”

“Sometimes, we expect life to work a certain way and when it doesn’t we blame others or see it as a sign, rather than face the pain of the choices we should or shouldn’t have made.”

“Tears terrify people more than anger because they attach to your heart and leave angels of mercy to shout in your mind.”

“The daggers of silence last longer than anything ever spoken.”

“The death of unit morale is always precipitated by the neglect of a Soldiers and families health and welfare.”

“The more you know the less you need to say.”

“The more you know the less you understand.”

“The more you know, the less you need.”

“The only people you have to look out for in life are the people that don’t care about anything or anyone. These are the people that end up teaching your children.”

“The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy.”

“This disease comes with a package: shame. When any other part of your body gets sick, you get sympathy.”

“Until you have stood in another woman’s stilettos, you will never begin to know the year of pain she felt breaking them in.”

“When you are born without the ordinary feelings and emotions shared by most other human beings, life looks different to you. It seems at times like a movie you’re walking through, more a spectator than a participant.”

As technology has progress, our emotional experiences have changed the way we view and display empathy for one another.