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I'm pretty sure there's a saying for "people who are in a similar situation and understand each other". Unfortunately, I can't even come up with it in my native language (Spanish).

Example:

A: You broke up with your boyfriend.

B: What? How do you know?

A: Because I broke up with my partner too. [The saying goes here].

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The closest that I can think of is not a saying but an idiomatic expression I know what it's like...

I know what it's like to be out of work... I was on the dole for three years

I know what it's like when you break up... John and I split up three months ago and I'm still not over it.

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I'm not sure if this is what you want but:

  • To be on the same wavelength - People who think in a similar way and understand each other well.
  • Empathy - the power of understanding and imaginatively entering into another person's feelings. - If we are talking about feeling the same way!
  • To be in the same boat - to be in the same unpleasant situation as other people.
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    I think the third answer is a pretty good match for what the OP is asking. Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 0:29
  • Maybe it is, maybe it's not! Commented Dec 6, 2016 at 6:42
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Being empathetic means one understands what another may be feeling in a situation.

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