My sister puts up a front so the world won't see how vulnerable she is. Me, I put up a front so the world won't see how vulnerable I'm not. I don't care who these fingertips belong to, only what my new friend out there is trying to say.
They make it look so easy, connecting with another human being. It’s like no one told them it’s the hardest thing in the whole world.
—Dexter Morgan, Dexter
I wasn't being paid to feel.
—Alex Mercer, Prototype
My concern limits me. He has no limits. I care too much about the consequences of my actions. He doesn't care at all.
—Hiroki Sugimura, Battle Royale
Do you look at insects and worms on the ground and think them foolish? No. Your position is so far above theirs that you cannot feel one way or the other about them, right? That is how I see humankind.
—Father to Ling Yao, Fullmetal Alchemist
Viridi: Your disregard for life is just astounding. Could you be any more callous?
Hades: Well, I could try.
You idiot! That wasn't kindness, it was cunning! She's a Gypsy! Gypsies are not capable of real love! Think boy! Think of your mother...
—Judge Claude Frollo, Hunchback Of Notre Dame
If he dies? He dies.
—Ivan Drago, Rocky IV
What I like about Cindy is that she has so much less compassion than other girls.
—Riley Freeman, The Boondocks
I would . . . talk to her about that and get her mind off of the, uh, anything she was nervous about. And think, you know, she thinks, oh, this guy cares, and which I, I didn't. I just wanted to, uh, get her in the vehicle and eventually kill her.
—Gary Ridgway, The Green River Killer
John: You said that the victims all took the poison themselves. He *makes* them take it. Well, maybe he, I dunno, talks to them? Maybe he used the death of her daughter somehow?
Sherlock: Yeah, but that was ages ago! Why would she still be upset? (John stares at him)... Not good?
John: Bit not good, yeah.
— Sherlock, "A Study In Pink"
Hal: Reese, do you know what empathy is?
Hal: Well, empathy is putting yourself in people's shoes so you can feel what they do. If you hurt someone, empathy makes you hurt as well.
Reese: Then why would you want empathy?
— Malcolm in the Middle, "Reese Cooks"
Sherlock: (watching a grieving family) Look at them. They all care so much. Do you ever wonder if there's something wrong with us?
Mycroft: All lives end. All hearts are broken. Caring is not an advantage, Sherlock.
— Sherlock, "A Scandal in Belgravia"
Mr. Freeze: Do you know what it is to love someone? To really love them?
Hugo Strange: No.
Soulless-Sam: So, say you got a soul, and you're on a case, and your brother gets abducted by aliens.
Dean: Yeah, and you do everything you can to get him back!
Sam: Right, you do. But... what about when there are no more leads for the night? I mean, you're supposed to just sit there in the dark and suffer, even when there's nothing that can be done at that moment?
Dean: YES! You sit in the dark and you - you feel the loss.
Sam: Absolutely, but - but couldn't I just do all that and have sex with the hippie chick?
Sam: It would be in the dark.
— Supernatural, "Clap Your Hands If You Believe"
What I lack in compassion I make up for in lack of compassion.
He knew he should feel bad for the dork, but he only felt annoyed. He felt worse about the fact that he didn’t feel bad than he did about what he’d just read.
Empathy will always be the downfall of the Cooper Clan.
—Clockwerk, Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Angel: You set things in motion, play your little games up here in your glass and chrome tower, and people die - innocent people!
Holland Manners: And yet, I just can't seem to care.