"We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside. It might just be that simple."
— David Foster Wallace, from “A Conversation with David Foster Wallace,” by Larry McCaffery. (via oliveryeh)
"But while Christ did not say to men, ‘Live for others,’ he pointed out that there was no difference at all between the lives of others and one’s own life. "
— Oscar Wilde
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are."
— Benjamin Franklin
"If we have no imagination, if we are unable to put ourselves in the place of the one we are judging, then it matters little whether we go abroad or live in our own little house. Our world is bounded by our own petty desires and ambitions"
— Eleanor Gordon, “The Worth of Sympathy” (Unitarian, minister, reformer)
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