I'm 15. Im an empath. And I have been for at least two years. I've always been aware of my sister and mother. Always. But exercising your third eye usually leads to empathy. When I did, it led to stronger feelings, not only from my family, but slowly to close friends. I don't want to say you're born with it. But its something you can develop over time? Im learning just along side you, believe me. Its been a long road to haul.
Yes I was born with it but be carefull what you wish for. It is hard to be one, sometimes it gets so strong and so bad you cannot sleep or eat or go into major bouts of depression. What is much better is just to become more aware of how others feel learn body language and noverbale cues. Oh and that quote was said by Lao Tzu.
Everyone has the ability to develop any psychic ability because we are all born with psychic senses. A lot of the time you don't see it because modern society tries to stomp it out as well as not many nurturing and developing these abilities.