Best 96 Quotes & Tweets on Empathy

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1

Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow. Action relieves anxiety.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

Even better than being loved is being in love.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

4

Love is what remains when all other emotions are gone.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Many people delay taking action because they hope to avoid suffering. They keep searching for a path that won’t involve pain or sacrifice or tradeoffs. But some form of suffering is always inevitable. The process of taking action is the process of choosing your pain.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Feel compliments as deeply as you feel insults.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

People generally have more control over their actions than their feelings. But we can influence our feelings by taking action. Take one small step. Move the body first and the mind will follow.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Never tweet in anger.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

3 things that help habits stick: 1) Repetition. Habits form based on frequency, not time. 2) Stable context. If the context is always changing, so is the behavior. You need a reliable environment. 3) Positive emotions. If it feels good, you’ll want to repeat it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

Boredom is a filter. Common ideas come before it. Uncommon ideas come after it. Sit with a project long enough to get bored with it, then sit a little more. The most useful insights bubble up after you get bored.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Leadership is: 1) Getting results 2) Making people feel good 3) Connecting each person to a bigger mission The good leaders do one. The great leaders do two. The best leaders do all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

We feel guilt when we no longer want to associate with old friends and colleagues who haven’t changed. The price, and marker, of growth.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

You know yourself mostly by your thoughts. Everyone else in the world knows you only by your actions. Remember this when you feel misunderstood. You have to do or say something for others to know how you feel.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

Tears are just attachments pouring back out.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

16

On funerals, loss, grief, friendship, and support: It's not about knowing what to say. It's about being there when nobody knows what to say. The only thing people need to hear is, "You are not alone." And that doesn't require words. It just requires your presence.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

Caught in a funk? Use meditation, music, and exercise to reset your mood. Then choose a new path to commit emotional energy for rest of day.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

18

Stories change more minds than facts. The way to change someone’s mind is not to present them with overwhelming evidence but to motivate them with overwhelming emotion. (Ideally, you’d have truth on your side and a story worth spreading.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

When you see anger, look for the fear.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

The farther away a problem is, the easier it looks to solve. The closer you get, the more respect you'll have for the people working on it. But the only way to fully empathize is to work on the problem yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

The Cardinal Rule of Behavior Change: What is rewarded is repeated. What is punished is avoided. You learn what to do in the future based on what you were rewarded for doing (or punished for doing) in the past. Positive emotions cultivate habits. Negative emotions destroy them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

How to take responsibility for your feelings: 1. Name the feeling 2. Acknowledge the feeling 3. Take responsibility for your feeling and figure out what you need 4. Communicate how you feel and what you need

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

23

If you’re more passionate about founding a business than the business itself, you can fall into a ten year trap. Better to stay emotionally unattached and select the best opportunity that arises.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

People often believe their opinions are well thought out when they are merely "well felt out." We easily mistake strong feelings for strong thoughts. Feelings are important, but if you can't state your opinion clearly, then you haven't thought it through yet.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

The Paradox of Sacrifice: Feelings of sacrifice decrease as commitment increases. Sacrifice feels greatest when deciding between options of similar importance. You don’t know what you want to do. The more you commit to one thing, the less you care about missing out on others.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

Gut reactions are usually very wrong or very right. Wrong when they are based purely on emotion and in domains where you lack experience. Right when they are rooted in deep understanding and well-developed taste. Trust your gut when you have the experience to back it up.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us — the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

28

The problem with many arguments is that they’re really just justifications for feelings. Just embrace your feelings, and forgo the need to constantly dress them up in logically sounding arguments.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

29

You don’t change people’s minds with facts. You change people’s mind with emotions.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

30

The biggest mistake we make with negative emotions is trying not to feel them. Awareness deepens positive emotions and allows negative ones to dissipate. Trying to avoid your feelings causes suffering.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

31

Trust allows relationships to compound. When you don't have to re-evaluate people or worry about protecting yourself all the time, you go both further and faster with less anxiety and stress.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

When someone responds to your questions with anger and frustration, it's unlikely they're a genius. More than likely, they don't know what they are doing and are frustrated with you because deep down you're exposing them to the lies they tell themselves.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

33

People think stopping when it starts to hurt is their best effort. It isn’t. Your best effort begins when it starts to hurt.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

Bad habits and toxic relationships can become a crutch. They hurt us, but we know *how* they’ll hurt us. Meanwhile, improving your life is possible, but trying new things also involves uncertainty. Many people would rather repeat a known pain than deal with an unknown risk.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

So much of life is being present with the people you love.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

36

Whenever you impulsively check your phone, you're running away from an emotion

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

If you want clarity on what matters, imagine the thoughts you'll have on your last day. What matters? - How you treat people - How you love - Whether you live true to yourself - A calm mind The rest is noise.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

38

How you love is how you live.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

39

People under-estimate two things: 1. The emotional challenges you face when you start writing online. 2. The benefits of writing online, even when you have a niche audience and 3-5 well-written essays on your personal website. Finding the courage to publish is the hardest part.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

Practicality is how you sell a product. Emotion is how you sell a brand.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

When arguing, most people mistake the strength of their emotions for the strength of their logic. Keep this in mind the next time you find yourself replying to someone you disagree with.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

42

Trying to please everyone is a guaranteed prescription for unhappiness. The first step toward emotional freedom is realizing that you're not for everyone.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

43

You can’t evaluate/be skeptical of everything. Follow Pascal’s philosophy and only put effort into things that can hurt you when you’re wrong.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

44

An emotion is our evolved biology predicting the future impact of a current event. In modern settings, it's usually exaggerated or wrong.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

45

A one-dimensional identity puts all of your happiness in one basket. Fill your life with friends, family, lore, love, books, hobbies, exercise, art... Diversify your identity and you'll always have something to be happy about!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

46

The person who can cultivate a sense of hope in others can sell almost anything.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

The frustration you feel when you sit down to write is what deep thinking feels like. Relish it. You’re making yourself smarter.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

48

Not only are you highly susceptible to the emotions of the people around us, but we also unconsciously adjust our work ethic to theirs.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Copywriting 101. ∙ Add social proof. ∙ Speak to pain, not pleasure. ∙ Acknowledge common objections. ∙ Create scarcity. ∙ Write like your customers talk. ∙ Remove uncertainty. ∙ Use specifics. My favorite rule: An ounce of emotion is worth a pound of evidence.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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When someone shares their feelings with you, they’re letting you in not pushing you away.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish