Pity Quotes

Pity Quotes by Gloria Naylor, James Joyce, Anton Chekhov, James Stewart, Karen Kingsbury, Thomas Southerne and many others.

Contempt mates well with pity.

Contempt mates well with pity.
Gloria Naylor
Pity is the feeling which arrests the mind in the presence of whatesoever is grave and constant in human sufferings and unites it with the human sufferer.
James Joyce
The sea has neither meaning nor pity.
Anton Chekhov
The true Christian reaction to suffering and sorrow is not the attitude of self-pity, fatalism or resentment; it is the spirit which takes life’s difficulties as a God given opportunity, and regards its troubles as a sacred trust, and wears the thorns as a crown.
James Stewart
I developed a deep sadness for celebrities, a pity that they often are caught in a plastic world that runs too hard and too fast, and that many times that world means destroyed relationships with everyone they know and love.
Karen Kingsbury
Pity’s akin to love; and every thought
Of that soft kind is welcome to my soul.
Thomas Southerne
You ought to pity me ’cause there’s always one man to love/ But in the bedroom the size of him’s more than enough.
Lady Gaga
Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Regina Brett
My capacity for invention is flash hot stark, I thought. Sucker sunshade. Disembodied radar-reconnaissance. Not to mention Bitter Chocolate Death and Killer Zebras. Pity about the rest of me.
Robin McKinley
No love or pity, pardon or excuse should soften the sharp pang of reparation for the guilty man.
Louisa May Alcott
Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.
Millicent Fenwick
Exercise often moves us straight from stagnation to inspiration, from problem to solution, from self-pity to self-respect.
Julia Cameron
If I gave you a pity position it wouldn’t be in my office.
Janet Evanovich
If we were to gain God’s perspective, even for a moment, and were to look at the way we go through life accumulating and hoarding and displaying our things, we would have the same feelings of horror and pity that any sane person has when he views people in an asylum endlessly beating their heads against the wall.
Randy Alcorn
I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
William Makepeace Thackeray
As for the virtuous poor, one can pity them, of course, but one cannot possibly admire them. They have made private terms with the enemy, and sold their birthright for very bad pottage. They must also be extraordinarily stupid.
Oscar Wilde
This is the crux of the moral pessimists: if they really wanted to promote their neighbor’s redemption, then they would have to resolve themselves to spoiling existence for him, and thus to being his misfortune; out of pity, they would have to–become evil!
Friedrich Nietzsche
The ball laughs, radiant, in the air. He brings her down, puts her to sleep, showers her with compliments, dances with her, and seeing such things never before seen his admirers pity their unborn grandchildren who will never see them.
Eduardo Galeano
We see how much a man has, and therefore we envy him; did we see how little he enjoys, we should rather pity him.
Jeremiah Seed
Sensual excess drives out pity in man.
Marquis de Sade
It is a pity we do not die when our lives are finished.
Mary Borden
The “religion of pity” to which people would like to convert us- oh, we know well enough the hysterical little men and women who need this religion at present as a veil and an adornment!
Friedrich Nietzsche
I’m a fairly tormented artist, and I’m less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting.
Dave Matthews
He spoke wistfully of a sudden leaving, a breaking of old ties, a flight into a strange world, ending in this dreary valley, and Ettie listened, her dark eyes gleaming with pity and with sympathy – those two qualities which may turn so rapidly and so naturally to love.
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was less in pity than in anger that the world was moved by the photograph of little Alan Kurdi, that dead three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose name we’re all remembering now on the first anniversary of his drowning, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehanna.
Terry Glavin
As with all great teachers, his curriculum was an insignificant part of what he communicated. From him you didn’t learn a subject, but a life…Tolerance and justice, fearlessness and pride, reverence and pity, are learned in a course on long division if the teacher has those qualities.
William Alexander Percy
Jealousy is the greatest of all evils, and the one that arouses the least pity in the person who causes it.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Brilliant. A very funny and concise explanation of why we men are as we are. If you are male, you should read it and then make your partner read it, so they will no longer hate you but pity you instead.
Harry Enfield
Uncontrolled temper is soon dissipated on others. Resentment, bitterness, and self-pity build up inside our hearts and eat away at our spiritual lives like a slowly spreading cancer.
Jerry Bridges
So if I were talking to a young writer, I would recommend the cultivation of extreme indifference to both praise and blame because praise will lead you to vanity, and blame will lead you to self-pity, and both are bad for writers.
John Berryman
I don’t pity any man who does hard work worth doing. I admire him. I pity the creature who does not work, at whichever end of the social scale he may regard himself as being.
Theodore Roosevelt
The most important point of [Susan] Fiske’s work is that it provides a taxonomy for our differing feelings about different Thems – sometimes fear, sometimes ridicule, sometimes contemptuous pity, sometimes savagery.
Robert M. Sapolsky
When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing – deprived himself of the power of living life as it is without wishing it to become something different.
John Galsworthy
When late I attempted your pity to move,
Why seemed you so deaf to my prayers?
Perhaps it was right to dissemble your love
But-why did you kick me downstairs?
John Philip Kemble
When people discuss religion, it is a pity that they often become excited and argue. We should merely listen, as one does on a dark night; we should merely gaze at the stars.
Haniel Long
And alien tears will fill for him pity’s long broken urn. For his mourners will all be outcast men, and outcasts always mourn.
Oscar Wilde
Decoration is asked to be ‘merely’ pleasing, ‘merely’ embellishing, and the ‘functional’ logic of Modernism leaves no room, apparently, for such ‘mereness.’ This is part of the pity of Modernism, one of the sacrifices it enjoins.
Clement Greenberg
I envy no man that knows more than myself, but pity them that know less.
Thomas Browne
As with stomachs, we should pity minds that do not eat.
Victor Hugo
In an ideal world, we would have been orphans. We felt like orphans and we felt deserving of the pity that orphans get, but embarrassingly enough, we had parents.
Miranda July
It’s a pity we can’t play in two or three days as I like to play straight away after a bad game
Jose Mourinho
I pity from the bottom of my heart any nation or body of people that is so unfortunate as to get entangled in the net of slavery.
Booker T. Washington
It’s a pity that if someone who has a really profoundly potent art to share chooses not to or doesn’t fit into this very thin slice of what’s desirable and marketable, chances are the public will never get a chance to hear what they’re doing.
Esperanza Spalding
A mourner is, perforce, a person with a story. The pity is, how very rarely it gets told.
Christian McEwen
Let me set my mournful ditty To a merry measure; Thou wilt never come for pity, Thou wilt come for pleasure; Pity then will cut away Those cruel wings, and thou wilt stay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
When you visualized a man or a woman carefully, you could always begin to feel pity . . . that was a quality God’s image carried with it . . . when you saw the lines at the corners of the eyes, the shape of the mouth, how the hair grew, it was impossible to hate. Hate was just a failure of imagination.
Graham Greene
Self-pity is the bestiality of emotions: it absolutely disgusts people. When you’re feeling pity for yourself, and somebody says to you ‘You think maybe it’s time for the pity party to be over? You should stop feeling sorry for yourself and try to think positive,’ it makes you wish you could saw their head off.
Augusten Burroughs
Give thanks for sorrow that teaches you pity; for pain that teaches you courage.
Robert Nathan
What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice. … All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! Let him alone! … Your interference is doing him positive injury.
Frederick Douglass
When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity.
Jean Rostand
Are you sure self-pity is a luxury you can afford, Jack?
Stephen King
Pity is not natural to man. Children always are cruel. Savages are always cruel.
Samuel Johnson
The media network has its idols, but its principal idol is its own style which generates an aura of winning and leaves the rest in darkness. It recognizes neither pity nor pitilessness.
John Berger
You don’t write a novel out of sheer pity any more than you blow a safe out of a vague longing to be rich. A certain ruthlessness and a sense of alienation from society is as essential to creative writing as it is to armed robbery.
Nelson Algren
If painting is no longer needed, it seems a pity that some of us are born into the world with such a passion for line and color.
Mary Cassatt
Pity would be no more, If we did not make somebody poor. Mercy no more could be, If all were happy as we.
William Blake
Self-pity is, perhaps, the least becoming of all emotions, and we often indulge in it only beause we are too exhausted to resist.
Ivy Baker Priest
Shake off the self-pity, shake off the defeat and get ready for God to do something new. He is going to pay you back for every injustice.
Joel Osteen
I wished to be loved by another. But I desire no man’s pity.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Self-pity makes people callous.
Mason Cooley
One wears one’s mind out in study, and yet has more mind with which to study. One gives away one’s heart in love and yet has more heart to give away. One perishes out of pity for a suffering world, and is stronger therefore. So, too, it is possible at one and the same time to hold on to life and let go.
Milton Steinberg
You shouldn’t wallow in self-pity. But it’s OK to put your feet in it and swish them around a little.
Dick Guindon
It is usually the case with most men that their nature is so constituted that they pity those who fare badly and envy those who fare well.
Baruch Spinoza
It’s hard to play a continuing character like Loomis for nearly 11 years and simply wash your hands of him. It seems a pity.
Donald Pleasence
Self-pity can make one weep, as can onions.
Jerry Fodor
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
Eckhart Tolle
Envy not success, nor pity failure, for you know not what is success or failure in the soul’s reckoning.
Neale Donald Walsch
It changed my whole outlook. I lost a decade to self-pity, and the next thing I knew I was turning 40.
Chris Hardwick
Do I have my days when I’ve thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely.
Jennifer Aniston
Sounded to me like he had a pretty good idea what he was saying,” Van replied, with surprisingly little anger. “It’s a pity he had to overintellectualize like that. He did such good work, and then he had to go and intellectualize it.
Jonathan Franzen
Treat people like people. Beware of pity and patronization because in them, you can’t see when you’re unashamedly looking down on someone.
Criss Jami
It seems a pity that psychology has destroyed all our knowledge of human nature.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
If all alms were given only from pity, all beggars would have starved long ago.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one’s heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize.
Stephen Covey
I pity the Hindu who does not see the beauty in Jesus Christ’s character. I pity the Christian who does not reverence the Hindu Christ.
Swami Vivekananda
There’s a lot that you can be
And ain’t it a pity
But its alright to smile back at me
Shannon Hoon
Lord Maccon, might we have words on the proper tying of a cravat? For my sanity’s sake? Lord Maccon was nonplussed. Professor Lyall, on the other hand, was pained. “I do what I can.” Lord Akeldama looked at him, pity in his eyes. “You are a brave man.
Gail Carriger
But a rascal of a child (that age is without pity).
[Fr., Mais un pripon d’enfant (cet age est sans pitie).
Jean de La Fontaine
Pity wraps the student of the past in an ambrosial cloud, and washes his limbs with eternal youth.
E. M. Forster
Self-pity is never useful. It tends to distort like a fun-house mirror.
Anne Roiphe
Be wise as thou art cruel, do not press My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain: Lest sorrow lend me words and words express, The manner of my pity-wanting pain.
William Shakespeare
… The truth of the matter is, that most English people don’t know how to make tea anymore either, and most people drink cheap instant coffee instead, which is a pity, and gives Americans the impression that the English are just generally clueless about hot stimulants.
Douglas Adams
To-morrow I will begin, thought Katy, as she dropped asleep that night. How often we all do so! And what a pity it is that when morning comes and to-morrow is to-day, we so frequently wake up feeling quite differently; careless or impatient, and not a bit inclined to do the fine things we planned overnight.
Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
I’ve never been heckled. I think because I look too small and vulnerable. Sometimes I look out into the audience and see pity in their eyes, so I guess those people may be the ones who would shout something out if they didn’t feel so sorry for me.
Amy Hoggart
One film critic back in the early days said “It’s a pity Mr. Harryhausen didn’t animated the actors, too.”
Ray Harryhausen
The gilded sheath of pity sometimes covers the dagger of envy.
Friedrich Nietzsche
… Treachery don’t come natural to beaming youth; but trust and pity, love and constancy,-they do, thank God!
Charles Dickens
What is pity but the vice of kindness.
Emile M. Cioran
O brother man! fold to thy heart thy brother; Where pity dwells, the peace of God is there; To worship rightly is to love each other, Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.
John Greenleaf Whittier
I love my black hair, but some imes I’d like to be blond, but I don’t think it suits Asian girl… What a pity!
Ming Xi
The memory of the aged becomes clearer and clearer with time. It has no pity.
Andrea Camilleri
Self-pity – it’s the only pity that counts.
Oscar Levant
I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough shaggy bark of a pine.
Helen Keller
I don’t go in for being sorry for people. For one thing it’s insulting. One is only sorry for people when they’re sorry for themselves. Self-pity is one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the world today.
Agatha Christie
Self-pity is the campsite of self-defeat; it is a dark refuge for those parts of us that would rather wallow in what cannot be than dare to explore what is possible.
Guy Finley
Youth, beauty, graceful action seldom fail: But common interest always will prevail; And pity never ceases to be shown To him who makes the people’s wrongs his own.
John Dryden
People who call me a comic actor are uneducated. It is their weakness. I feel pity for them.
Rajpal Yadav
I’ve been through so much in my life. I really don’t like the feeling sorry for me, the pity.
Westside Gunn
Self-pity is an ignoble emotion, but we all feel it, and the orthodox critical line that it represents some kind of artistic flaw is dubious, a form of emotional correctness.
Nick Hornby
I’m not going to wallow in self-pity and not live my life. There are always going to be some falls in life for everybody, no matter what career you have. You have to roll with the punches and keep going.
Naomi Campbell
Only fools pity survivors their scars and you should never kowtow to fools
Jeaniene Frost
If I had to feel one thing towards Jim Hellwig, I guess it would be pity a little bit.
Ted DiBiase Sr.
What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
Sydney Smith
We work with the people not out of pity but out of respect for their potential for growth and development, both as individuals and as communities.
Y. C. James Yen
When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother. I’m out there to win.
Joe Frazier
Self-pity is egotism undiluted, after all—self-centeredness in its purest form.
Rick Yancey
I feel pity for Mayawati that joined hands even with rival Akhilesh Yadav only in an attempt to stop Narendra Modi.
Jaya Prada
I don’t even know if I will be around next year. My cancers are so bad that I think I’ve arrived at the end of the road. What a pity. I would like to live not only because I love life so much, but because I’d like to see the result of the trial. I do think I will be found guilty.
Oriana Fallaci
There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
All who consult on doubtful matters, should be void of hatred, friendship, anger, and pity.
pity and charity may be at root an attempt to propitiate the dark powers that have not touched us yet.
Marilynne Robinson
Only those who spread treachery, fire, and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.
Jose Marti
All pity choked with custom of fell deeds.
William Shakespeare
I must, before I die, find some way to say the essential thing that is in me, that I have never said yet — a thing that is not love or hate or pity or scorn, but the very breath of life, fierce and coming from far away, bringing into human life the vastness and the fearful passionless force of non-human things.
Bertrand Russell
Gentlemen, I must ask you to rid yourselves of all feeling of pity. We must annihilate the Jews wherever we find them and wherever it is possible in order to maintain there the structure of the Reich as a whole.
Hans Frank
However we may pity the mother whose health and even life is imperiled by the performance of her natural duty, there yet remains no sufficient reason for condoning the direct murder of the innocent.
Pope Pius XI
Pity addresses the perceived suffering, not the whole individual.
Phil Klay
Is there no pity sitting in the clouds, That sees into the bottom of my grief?
William Shakespeare
I shall despair. There is no creature loves me;
And if I die no soul will pity me:
And wherefore should they, since that I myself
Find in myself no pity to myself?
William Shakespeare
Dependence is a perpetual call upon humanity, and a greater incitement to tenderness and pity than any other motive whatever.
Joseph Addison
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Anatole France
Pity the poor infant. Born perfect into the world from imperfect parents.
Cynthia Heimel
We did not adopt socialism out of books, abstractions, humanism, or pity, but rather out of need for the Arab working class is the mover of history in this period.
Michel Aflaq
God is looking for those with whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things that we can do by ourselves.
Aiden Wilson Tozer
pity runs its course. An hour comes when no hand but your own can build your future.
Zelda Popkin
Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, distinctly heard the voice of Jesus telling him to kill women, and he was locked up for life. George W. Bush says that God told him to invade Iraq (a pity God didn’t vouchsafe him a revelation that there were no weapons of mass destruction).
Richard Dawkins
The people who ultimately reach their goals are those who don’t give up. Instead of wallowing in self-pity or frustration – or throwing in the towel altogether – they explore what didn’t work and course-correct.
Lauren Mackler
If people are cool, then they are not stressed. I pity the fool that don’t be cool.
Mr. T
Pity is the most agreeable feeling among those who have little pride and no prospects of great conquests.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The first rose on my rose-tree Budded, bloomed, and shattered, During sad days when to me Nothing mattered. Grief or grief has drained me clean; Still it seems a pity No one saw,—it must have been Very pretty.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
There are those without decency who must be fought without hesitation, without pity.
The Lord looks on his servants with pity and not with blame. In God’s sight we do not fall; in our sight, we do not stand. Both of these are true, but the deeper insight belongs to God.
Julian of Norwich
For one man who sincerely pities our misfortunes, there are a thousand who sincerely hate our success.
Charles Caleb Colton
Rascals are always sociable, more’s the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others’ company.
Arthur Schopenhauer
Pain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity.
Dean Koontz
The Justice of today is born of yesterday’s pity.
Julia Lathrop
Popular culture is a place where pity is called compassion, flattery is called love, propaganda is called knowledge, tension is called peace, gossip is called news, and auto-tune is called singing.
Criss Jami
I have given orders to my Death units to exterminate without mercy or pity men, women and children belonging to the Polish speaking race… After all, who remembers today the extermination of the Armenians?
Adolf Hitler
The fool within himself is the object of pity, until he is flattered.
Richard Steele
He understands my pity for his ridiculous, humiliating physical necessity.
Anais Nin
I just had to plod along without having any teaching, which was a pity.
Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
A sharp sense of the ironic can be the equivalent of the faith that moves mountains. Far more quicky than reason or logic, irony can penetrate rage and puncture self-pity.
Moss Hart
My subject is war, and the pity of war.
Wilfred Owen
Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity.
Gustave Flaubert
Why is it that my heart is so touched whenever I meet a dog lost in our noisy streets? Why do I feel such anguished pity when I see one of these creatures coming and going, sniffing everyone, frightened, despairing of even finding its master?
Emile Zola
I do pity unlearned gentlemen on a rainy day.
Lucius Cary, 2nd Viscount Falkland
We feign pity when we want to demonstrate our ascendancy over feelings of hostility: but usually in vain. Whenever we notice this,there is an accompanying surge in those hostile sensations.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Human affairs inspire in noble hearts only two feelings-admiration or pity.
Anatole France
Those who show pity and are always ready to help during times of trouble are seldom the same ones who rejoice in our joy: when others are happy they have nothing to do, they become superfluous and lose their feeling of superiority, and so they easily show their displeasure.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Thread of their days without pity, and in the midst of life, without ever concerning themselves with this fatal moment, living as though they were to exist for ever, they disappear into the obscure cloud of immortality, uncertain of the fate which lies in store for them.
Marquis de Sade
Our president is a Christian? So was Adolf Hitler. What can be said to our young people, now that psychopathic personalities, which is to say persons without consciences, without senses of pity or shame, have taken all the money in the treasuries of our government and corporations, and made it all their own?
Kurt Vonnegut
I don’t want people to feel sorry for me or pity me – I want people to know that what got me through was human spirit and everyone has that in them.
Katie Piper
Dress your best on your execution day. Be extremely courteous to your assistant when you lose money. Try not to blame others for your fate, even if they deserve blame. Never exhibit any self-pity. Do not complain.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
It may be suggested by some books that it is not a sin to kill an animal, but it is written in our own hearts – more clearly than in any book – that we should take pity on animals in the same way as we do on humans.
Leo Tolstoy
Optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice.
Cyril Connolly
one pities most those who loved, and still died. Only those who love, dread death.
Craig L. Rice
Luck is a goddess not to be coerced and forcibly wooed by those who seek her favours. From such masterful spirits she turns away. But it happens sometimes that, if we put our hand in hers with the humble trust of a little child, she will have pity on us, and not fail us in our hour of need.
P. G. Wodehouse
How despicable is that humanity, which can be contented to pity, where it might assuage!
Ann Radcliffe
Divine punishment is at once followed by Divine pity.
Joseph Hertz
During a photo-call with fellow Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew- Pity Steve Ovett didn’t show up. Then we could have had the good, the bald and the ugly.
Daley Thompson
Laughter is the great antidote for self-pity, maybe a specific for the malady, yet probably it does tend to dry one’s feelings out a little, as if by exposing them to a vigorous wind.
Mary McCarthy
Projecting yourself until everything is talking about you is, of course, a self-flattering form of self-pity
Aleksandar Hemon
Self pity is a disease which does not kill but corrodes.
Aidan Chambers
The more pity, that fools may not speak wisely what wise men do foolishly.
William Shakespeare
Spare yourselves from the indulgence of self-pity. It is always self-defeating. Subdue the negative and emphasize the positive.
Gordon B. Hinckley
Pity the man who has a favorite restaurant, but not a favorite author. He’s picked out a favorite place to feed his body, but he doesn’t have a favorite place to feed his mind!
Jim Rohn
It is a pity that instead of the Pilgrim Fathers landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock had not landed on the Pilgrim Fathers.
Chauncey Depew
The opposite of having faith is having self-pity.
Os Guinness
I pity from the bottom of my heart any individual who is so unfortunate as to get into the habit of holding race prejudice, for nothing else makes one so blind and narrow.
Booker T. Washington
Self-pity is a dead-end road. You make the choice to drive down it. It’s up to you to decide to stay parked there or to turn around and drive out.
Cheryl Strayed
Oh may He look on us with love and pity and then we shall be able to do anything He wishes us to do, no matter how difficult to accomplish or painful to our feeling.
Catherine McAuley
You have to remember something: Everybody pities the weak; jealousy you have to earn.
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Everything with me is either worship and passion or pity and understanding. I hate rarely, though when I hate. I hate murderously.
Anais Nin
Only the artists interest me whose hearts beat in unison with the poignant misery of the world. If you have not felt that, you have not lived. Pity is essential.
Elizabeth Bibesco
Pity. It seems determined to follow me everywhere.
Ari Marmell
Love does nothing but make you weak! It turns you into an object of pity and derision-a mewling pathetic creature no more fit to live than a worm squirming on the pavement after a hard summer rain.
Teresa Medeiros
It is a thousand pities never to say what one feels.
Virginia Woolf
Far more quickly than reason and logic, irony can penetrate rage and puncture self-pity.
Moss Hart
For the source of the short story is usually lyrical. And all writers speak from, and speak to, emotions eternally the same in all of us: love, pity, terror do not show favorites or leave any of us out.
Eudora Welty
There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and foget everybody else! It sound egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.
Anne Frank
If pity was always equally alive and acting in all individuals and in all circumstances, we could do away with moral. Unfortunately, it is not compassion, but rather it’s contrary, selfishness, that act most strongly in us.
African Spir
O vanity, how little is thy force acknowledged or thy operations discerned! How wantonly dost thou deceive mankind under different disguises! Sometimes thou dost wear the face of pity; sometimes of generosity; nay, thou hast the assurance to put on those glorious ornaments which belong only to heroic virtue.
Henry Fielding
No it isn’t very pretty, what a town without pity can do.
Gene Pitney
This train of thought was heading straight for Pity City, and she wanted to get off.
Lauren Kate
The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption.
Dean Koontz
The purpose of a short story is … that the reader shall come away with the satisfactory feeling that a particular insight into human character has been gained, or that his (or her) knowledge of life has been deepened, or that pity, love or sympathy for a human being is awakened.
Lin Yutang
When you speak about these miracles, I laugh within Myself out of pity, that you allow yourself so easily to loose the precious awareness of My Reality.
Sathya Sai Baba
It is a pity that many Christians have the TV schedule better memorized than a single chapter for God’s precious Word.
Charles R. Swindoll
Being able to play tragedy for humor rather than pity is a new trick I’ve learned. For a long time that’s what I did with my poetry, ask people to feel sorry for me. I got sober and I realized I have to get out of the pity thing; it’s not going anywhere for me. I don’t want to have any self-pity.
Bucky Sinister
Perchance that I might learn what pity is, That I might laugh at erring men no more.
Pity is something only weakness wants.
Mabel Seeley
There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.
Cary Elwes
It’s a pity nobody believes in simple lust anymore.
Ava Gardner
We pity people too often for the wrong reasons.
Katherine Anne Porter
Every generation gets a chance to change the world Pity the nation that won’t listen to your boys and girls Cos the sweetest melody is the one we haven’t heard
Alvin Toffler
[W]e pity our fathers for dying before steam and galvanism, sulphuric ether and ocean telegraphs, photograph and spectrograph arrived, as cheated out of their human estate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is reported in the supplement of the council of Nicæan that the fathers, being very perplexed to know which were the cryphal or apocryphal books of the Old and New Testaments, put them all pell-mell on an altar, and the books to be rejected fell to the ground. It is a pity that this eloquent procedure has not survived.
Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry,
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love, thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou mayst love on, through love’s eternity.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
You may regret calamities if you can thereby help the sufferer, but if you cannot, mind your own business.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.
Toni Morrison
I learn to pity woes so like my own.
John Dryden
But chiefly Thou, Whom soft-eyed Pity once led down from Heaven To bleed for man, to teach him how to live, And, oh! still harder lesson! how to die.
Beilby Porteus
I always pity people who have to write my plot synopses.
Peter Carey
This book is not about heroes. English poetry is not yet fit to speak of them. Nor is it about deeds, or lands, nor anything about glory, honour, might, majesty, dominion, or power, except War. Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
Wilfred Owen
I think the French have come to grips with their past, and that was true up until about – until the ’70s. And then there were things like the film “The Sorrow And The Pity.”
Robert O. Paxton
Let this sad tale of death never be told without a tear: let every parent tell the shameful story to his listening children, till tears of pity glisten in their eyes, or boiling passion shakes their tender frames.
John Hancock
I think that sexuality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous. This is where a lot of them miss the boat. And then something I’d just like to spout off on. We are all born sexual creatures, thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift. Art, real art, comes from it, everything.
The offender needs pity, not wrath; those who must needs be corrected, should be treated with tact and gentleness; and one must be always ready to learn better. ‘The best kind of revenge is, not to become like unto them.’
Marcus Aurelius
Men must learn now with pity to dispense; For policy sits above conscience.
William Shakespeare
Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
Elizabeth Bowen
A man is seldom more manly than when he is what you call unmanned,–the source of his emotion is championship, pity, and courage; the instinctive desire to cherish those who are innocent and unhappy, and defend those who are tender and weak.
William Makepeace Thackeray
How’s Her Royal Bitchiness?” “Alive.” “Pity.
Nalini Singh
She lov’d me for the dangers I had pass’d, And I lov’d her that she did pity them
William Shakespeare
Beauty plus pity — that is the closest we can get to a definition of art.
Vladimir Nabokov
It is in the book of man, not the book of god, that we must look for examples of heroism, love, pity, justice, truth, honor, humanity.
M. M. Mangasarian
The Great slight the men of wit, who have nothing but wit; the men of wit despise the Great, who have nothing but greatness; the good man pities them both, if with greatness or wit they have not virtue.
Jean de la Bruyere
The response man has the greatest difficulty in tolerating is pity, especially when he warrants it. Hatred is a tonic, it makes one live, it inspires vengeance, but pity kills, it makes our weakness weaker.
Honore de Balzac
What a pity people don’t take as much trouble with their own breeding as intelligent racehorse owners do. But then I suppose it is bordering on fascism to think like that.
Jeffrey Bernard
Pity makes suffering contagious.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama’s boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another.
Ayelet Waldman
There is little for the great part of the history of the world except the bitter tears of pity and the hot tears of wrath.
Woodrow Wilson
The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don’t bring presents.
Zig Ziglar
There is in man a specific lust for cruelty which infects even his passion of pity and makes it savage.
George Bernard Shaw
Americans began by loving youth, and now, out of adult self-pity, they worship it.
Jacques Barzun
So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
Samuel Johnson
She dreams of him that has forgot her love; You dote on her that cares not for your love. ‘Tis pity love should be so contrary; And thinking of it makes me cry ‘alas!
William Shakespeare
Evil men of every degree will use you, flatter you, lead you on until you are useless; then, if the virtuous do not pity you, or God compassionate, you are without a friend in the universe.
Henry Ward Beecher
I do take pity on some of the people that have to work with me.
Graham Elliot
Human dignity begins to assert itself only at the point where man is distinguishable from the beast by pity for it.
Richard Wagner
Suffering shapes the life force, sometimes into anger, sometimes into blame and self-pity. Eventually it may show us the wisdom of embracing and loving life.
Rachel Naomi Remen
Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity.
Mason Cooley
Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts, but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Without Khomeini, we would not be where we are. What a pity that, when pregnant with him, his mother did not choose to have an abortion.
Oriana Fallaci
When the Bible and the Gospels say that the victims should have been spared, they do not merely ‘take pity’ on them. They puncture the illusion of the unanimous victimization that foundational myths use as a crisis-solving and reordering device of human communities.
Rene Girard
Misfortune, and recited misfortune especially, can be prolonged to the point where it ceases to excite pity and arouses only irritation.
Dorothy Parker
I divide my time as follows: half the time I sleep, the other half I dream. I never dream when I sleep, for that would be a pity, for sleeping is the highest accomplishment of genius.
Soren Kierkegaard
I know the compassion of others is a relief at first. I don’t despise it. But it can’t quench pain, it slips through your soul as through a sieve. And when our suffering has been dragged from one pity to another, as from one mouth to another, we can no longer respect or love it.
Georges Bernanos
God pity the man of science who believes in nothing but what he can prove by scientific methods; for if ever a human being needed divine pity, he does.
J. G. Holland
Men in excess of happiness or misery are equally inclined to severity. Witness conquerors and monks! It is mediocrity alone, and a mixture of prosperous and adverse fortune that inspire us with lenity and pity.
Baron de Montesquieu
I don’t really get scared. Want to know what else i don’t feel?” PITY
Sarah Rees Brennan
Suffering also has its worth. Through sorrow, pride is driven out And pity felt for those who wander in samsara; Evil is avoided, goodness seems delightful.
I pity the shrimp that matches wits with you Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
Pity swells the tide of love.
Edward Young
There is no room on the golf course for anger or self-pity.
Greg Norman
They tell us that “Pity is akin to Love;” if so, Pity must be a poor relation.
Arthur Helps
When she stepped out of that spumy sea Aphrodite was said to have brought fertility, flowers, life, light to a barren world. For centuries women and men went to her sanctuaries to seek her pity and protection. Her domain was originally not just lust, but lust for life.
Bettany Hughes
Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.
Bertrand Russell
I thought: pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.
Muriel Barbery
Nothing but the infinite Pity is sufficient for the infinite pathos of human life.
Joseph Henry
Self pity is the worst possible disease that can affect mankind. And if we do just the opposite, which is love, then we have God’s feelings with us at all times.
Jon Huntsman, Sr.
But human nature cannot be content on a diet of honey and if there is nothing in one’s life that requires pity, one must invent it; for to go through life unpitied would be an unthinkable loss.
Angela Thirkell
Armenian folklore has it that three apples fell from Heaven: one for the teller of a story, one for the listener, and the third for the one who ‘took it to heart.’ What a pity Heaven awarded no apple to the one who wrote the story down.
Nancy Willard
A fool is in himself the object of pity, until he is flattered.
Richard Steele
Each man lived his own life and paid his own price for living it. The only pity was one had to pay so often for a single fault. One had to pay over and over again, indeed. In her dealings with man, Destiny never closed her accounts.
Oscar Wilde
Guilt stirs me, but only to self-pity.
Mason Cooley
To live without feeling or exciting sympathy, to be fortunate without adding to the felicity of others, or afflicted without tasting the balm of pity, is a state more gloomy than solitude; it is not retreat, but exclusion from mankind. Marriage has many pains, but celibacy has no pleasures.
Samuel Johnson
Love is the only thing that pays for birth, Or makes death welcome. Oh, dear God above This beautiful but sad, perplexing earth, Pity the hearts that know–or know not–Love!
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Pity on the person who has become accustomed to seeing in necessity something arbitrary, who ascribes to the arbitrary some sort of reason, and even claims that following that sort of reason has religious value.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
What a pity that the only way to heaven is in a hearse.
Bill Vaughan
The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn’t know how to read.
Benjamin Franklin
I used to think it a pity that her mother rather than she had not thought of birth control.
Muriel Spark
A man’s women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity.
H. L. Mencken
Pity is a corroding thing.
Martha Graham
It is noble to pity a man who is cruel because he is weak, but it is idiotic and dangerous to allow him to have power.
Kate Horsley
A pity to survive night flights over St. Georges Channel only to crack my skull falling from a ladder.
Eoin Colfer
For pity’s sake, don’t start meeting troubles halfway.
Teresa of Avila
…long before the child learns to talk properly-and long before it learns to think philosophically-the world will have become a habit. A pity, if you ask me.
Jostein Gaarder
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
Andre Maurois
We are a society that treats people with disabilities with condescension and pity, not dignity and respect.
Stella Young
I don’t want to look back on my career at some point and say, ‘What a pity, I came close a few times, but it was never good enough.’
Michael Ballack
I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba, and cry, ‘Tis all barren–and so it is; and so is all the world to him who will not cultivate the fruits it offers.
Laurence Sterne
When I look back at experience [with my father], all I can do is feel pity. You know, how torn he was about how to act, what to say. And it seems an important story to me.
Paul Auster
Be wicked, be brave, be drunk, be reckless, be dissolute, be despotic, be a suffragette, be anything you like, but for pity’s sake be it to the top of your bent.
Violet Trefusis
Self-satisfaction and self-pity are both condemned. What are people permitted to feel about themselves?
Mason Cooley
I had good care going. I had Meredith and the family. And I didn’t want to become the object of some kind of pity, most of all. I didn’t want to show up on the Internet, ‘Tom Brokaw has cancer.’
Tom Brokaw
Pity the planet, all joy gone from this sweet volcanic cone; peace to our children when they fall in small war on the heel of small war–until the end of time to police the earth, a ghost orbiting forever lost in our monotonous sublime
Robert Lowell
And so he did his endless work,’ I continued quietly, ‘without feeling, without pity, without rest, for to open his heart to these would be to open his heart to his loneliness and longing and that was beyond bearing.
Martine Leavitt
It’s a pity youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw
Adolescence is the time to enlarge the natural sentiments of pity, friendship, and generosity, the time to develop an understanding of human nature and the varieties of human character, the time to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of all men and to study the history of mankind.
Louise J. Kaplan
Pity the planet, all joy gone
from this sweet volcanic cone
Robert Lowell
It’s a pity we don’t whistle at one another, like birds. Words are misleading.
HalldГіr Laxness
We need to empower all women, both financially and socially, to give them the tools to support themselves and their families. We need to start seeing them as contributors to society, as assets, not as objects of pity or, even worse, objects of shame.
Cherie Blair
How comes it that a cripple does not offend us, but a fool does? Because a cripple recognizes that we walk straight, whereas a fool declares that it is we who are silly; if it were not so, we should feel pity and not anger.
Blaise Pascal
… real pity should stretch out to people whom we do not like — to those whom we have injured or who despitefully use us.
Margaret Campbell Barnes
The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack
Sophie Swetchine
There are a few things that’ll move people to pity, a few, but the trouble is, when they’ve been used several times, they no longer work.
Bertolt Brecht
You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed. You ought to wake up with your mouth full of pity.
Ernest Hemingway
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with pity. Like if you saw a dog having just been hit by a car, you would pity that dog. But then what do you do? Do you leave it there to get run over by more cars, or do you step into traffic and hold up your hand? “Stop! An animal has been hit!” and carry the thing to safety?
Ottessa Moshfegh
The kindest and the happiest pair Will find occasion to forbear; And something, every day they live, To pity, and perhaps forgive.
William Cowper
Make (the reader) think the evil, make him think it for himself, and you are released from weak specifications. My values are positively all blanks, save so far as an excited horror, a promoted pity, a created expertness… proceed to read into them more or less fantastic figures.
Henry James
O, you have torn my life all to pieces… made me be what I prayed you in pity not to make me be again!
Thomas Hardy
To regard states of distress in general as an objection, as something which must be abolished is the greatest nonsense on earth; having the most disastrous consequences, fatally stupid- almost as stupid as a wish to abolish bad weather – out of pity for the poor.
Friedrich Nietzsche
…and I confess that, like a child, I cry. Ah, self-pity; I think we are at our most honest and sincere when we feel sorry for ourselves.
Iain Banks
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
Arthur Helps
Where do your greatest dangers lie?–In pity.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There is a kind of misguided pity that deals gently with false teachers at the expense of their victims.
Max Anders
Elvis, he was unique. And he loved the blues, it was a pity he didn’t do more.
B. B. King
Self-pity is the worst poverty. When a person says, ‘I am…’ with pity, before he has said anything more he has diminished himself to half of what he is; and what is said further, diminishes him totally; nothing more of him is left afterwards.
Hazrat Inayat Khan
If I can send the flower of the German nation into the hell of war without the smallest pity for the shedding of precious German blood, then surely I have the right to remove millions of an inferior race that breeds like vermin.
Adolf Hitler
In general, indulgence for those we know is rarer than pity for those we know not.
Antoine Rivarol
A person must have a good memory to keep the promises he has made. A person must have a strong imagination to be able to have pity. So closely is morality tied to the quality of the intellect.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I see filmmaking as a business and pity anyone who regards it as an art form.
Herschell Gordon Lewis
But buds will be roses, and kittens, cats – more’s the pity.
Louisa May Alcott
Pity speaks to grief more sweetly than a band of instruments.
Bryan Procter
For the record, prejudices can kill, and suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless frightened search for a scapegoat has a fallout all its own for the children, and the children yet unborn. And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.
Rod Serling
Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Jane Austen
To a sensitive being, pity is not seldom pain.
Herman Melville
All damaged people are dangerous. Survival makes them so.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Because they have no pity. They know what others can survive, as they did.
Josephine Hart
I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.
D. H. Lawrence
Soft pity enters an iron gate.
William Shakespeare
Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I’ve learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity.
Elizabeth Gilbert
Pity melts the mind to love.
John Dryden
You create a good future by creating a good present. How do you do that? By recognizing the goodness that is already inherent in the present moment, even in the midst of challenges. Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
Eckhart Tolle
Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, Look upon a little child; Pity my simplicity, Suffer me to come to thee.
Charles Wesley
Many people have said to me, “What a pity you had such a big family to raise.” “Think of the novels and the short stories and the poems you never had time to write because of that.” And I looked at my children and I said, “These are my poems, these are my stories.”
Olga Masters
It’s not a problem. There are people out there with much worse problems than mine.”-Cynthia “Doesn’t make yours any more fun to bear.”-Liza “No. But it does help with the self-pity.”- Cynthia
Jennifer Crusie
self-sacrifice is one of a woman’s seven deadly sins (along with self-abuse, self-loathing, self-deception, self-pity, self-serving, and self-immolation).
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Like all sick children,’ he answered dispassionately, ‘you say you don’t want pity, but your very existence depends upon it.
John Green
If you wish me well, do not stand pitying me, but lend me some succour as fast as you can; for pity is but cold comfort when one is up to the chin in water, and within a hair’s breadth of starving or drowning.
but very little achievement is required in order to pity another man’s shortcomings.
George Eliot
What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
Joseph Addison
Just about the worst thing a leader can nurture in his heart is self-pity. And just about the worst thing a leader can do in front of his people is murmur and complain.
Kevin DeYoung
I pity Americans for their very bad fruits. Your ‘mango’ is cucumber. The only thing I really miss about Egypt is mangoes.
Bassem Youssef
If you see somebody really pulling for your sympathy while at the same time hurting you intermittently, you should start to wonder. If somebody plays to your pity and really tries to draw that out of you, that’s not normal.
Martha Stout
I give myself a good cry if I need it. But then I concentrate on the good things still in my life. I don’t allow myself any more self-pity than that. A little each every morning, a few tears, and that’s all.
Mitch Albom
Self-pity is essentially humorless, devoid of that lightness of touch which gives understanding of life.
Anthony Powell
The atheist view is correspondingly life-affirming and life-enhancing, while at the same time never being tainted with self-delusion, wishful thinking, or the whingeing self-pity of those who feel that life owes them something.
Richard Dawkins
It’s a pity that Milosevic did not live through the trial and get his deserved sentence.
Stjepan Mesic
A whole tree of lightning stood in the sky. She kept looking out the window, suffused with the warmth from the fire and with the pity and beauty and power of her death. The thunder rolled.
Eudora Welty
The original sin of Republicans is greed. Everyone understands greed. Everybody wants to get theirs. The original sin of Democrats is pity. Greed is more attractive, and a better motivator, than pity.
John Scalzi
I would have a poet able bodied, fond of talking, a reader of the newspapers, capable of pity and laughter, informed in economics, appreciative of women, involved in personal relationships, actively interested in politics, susceptible to physical impressions.
Louis MacNeice
It’s hard to feel hurt or frightened when you’re flooded with pity.
Lindy West
Just pity him, my boy. Tomorrow we’ll be on our way, but he’ll have to keep his own disagreeable company until the day he dies.
Patrick Rothfuss
Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.
Arundhati Roy
It is a pity we can’t escape from life when we are young.
Mark Twain
Two days ago we waded through the mud out to this grave beneath the pines at the foot of the hill to place a Christmas wreath on it, hoping he would look down from the Paradise of Ten Billion Trees and Unrationable Dog Biscuits and pity us.
Eugene O’Neill
If you see a man who has sinned and you do not pity him, the grace of God will leave you. Whoever curses bad people, and does not pray for them, will never come to know the grace of God.
Silouan the Athonite
She knows as well as anyone that pity, having played, soon tires.
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Two things control man’s character; Strength and Pity
Swami Vivekananda
Did I kill him?” I said. “No, miss,” said Robert. “Pity.
Franny Billingsley
None pities him that is in the snare, who warned before, would not beware.
Robert Herrick
Who looks at me, beholdeth sorrows all, All pain, all torture, woe and all distress; I have no need on other harms to call, As anguish, languor, cruel bitterness, Discomfort, dread, and madness more and less; Methinks from heaven above the tears must rain In pity for my harsh and cruel pain.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Irony and pity are two good counselors: one, in smiling, makes life pleasurable; the other, who cries, makes it sacred.
Anatole France
I hated Hollywood. It’s a town without pity. Only success counts. I know of no other place in the world where so many people suffer from nervous breakdowns,  where there are so many alcoholics, neurotics and so much unhappiness.
Grace Kelly
O Beloved of Hearts, I beseech only You. Have pity this day on those who turn to You. My Hope, my Rest, my Delight, this heart can love none other but You.
Rabia Basri
We are so not breaking out the violins and pity partying.
Gena Showalter
What’s interesting to me is that people engage survivors from a place of pity all the time – a place of sympathy.
Tarana Burke
Emptiness and boredom: what an understatement. What I felt was complete desolation. Desolation, despair, and depression. Isn’t there some other way to look at this? After all, angst of these dimensions is a luxury item. You need to be well fed, clothes, and housed to have time for this much self-pity.
Susanna Kaysen
It is when suffering finds a voice and sets our nerves quivering that this pity comes troubling us.
H. G. Wells
There is nothing which one regards so much with an eye of mirth and pity as innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
Joseph Addison
Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
Maya Angelou
…trade the life of self pity, that I was living, for a life of purpose! – Rebekah –
Nick Vujicic
All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike, friendship, anger or pity.
You Nazis! I pity the devil when you boys start arriving in bunches.
Curt Siodmak
These are the lords
That have bought titles: men may merchandise
Wares, ay and traffic in all commodities
From sea to sea, and from shore to shore:
But in my thought, of all things that are sold,
‘Tis pity honor should be bought for gold:
It cuts off all desert.
Eliza Haywood
When you’re a musician, a lot of time people help you out; they take pity on you. Family members will kind of come around and are like, ‘Listen, I bought you a bunch of groceries because I know that you’re a screwup.’
Brian Fallon
I will look, your Honor, and endeavor to find a precedent, if you require it; though it would seem to be a pity that the Court should lose the honor of being the first to establish so just a rule.
Rufus Choate
It is a pity that doing one’s best does not always answer.
Charlotte Bronte
His heart kep’ goin’ pity-pat, But hern went pity-Zekle.
James Russell Lowell
It is easy to pity when once one’s vanity has been tickled.
Willa Cather
I’m really convinced that our descendants a century or two from now will look back at us with the same pity that we have toward the people in the field of science two centuries ago.
John Templeton
So long as the spectator has to figure out the meaning of this or that person, or the presuppositions of this or that conflict of inclinations and purposes, he cannot become completely absorbed in the activities and sufferings of the chief characters or feel breathless pity and fear.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The wheel of a man’s life. No mercy. No pity.
Robert Jordan
Love is not patronizing and charity isn’t about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same — with charity you give love, so don’t just give money but reach out your hand instead.
Mother Teresa
I let myself feel good and sorry for myself, but only for a second. Daddy always said that the most useless of all human emotions was self-pity.
Gabrielle Zevin
It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.
W. E. B. Du Bois
If a madman were to come into this room with a stick in his hand, no doubt we should pity the state of his mind; but our primary consideration would be to take care of ourselves. We should knock him down first, and pity him afterwards.
Samuel Johnson
The house you live in will never fall down, if you pity the stranger who stands at your door.
Gordon Lightfoot
When your fear touches someone’s pain, it becomes pity, when your love touches someone’s pain, it become compassion.
Stephen Levine
Most disability charity hinges on that notion – that you need to send your money in quick before all these poor, pitiful people die. Peddling pity brings in the bucks, yo.
Stella Young
I do not compare the past with the present without a prejudice for either, but, great as the improvement in country life is in many respects, it seems a pity the old cheap, wholesome dishes have gone to make way for tinned and preserved foods.
Flora Thompson
Assuredly it would be a pity if laughter should ever become, like rhetoric and the arts, a habit.
Alice Meynell
Pity! The southerly trees have shed their leaves. Nobody comes to appreciate the mountain’s beauty. Tomorrow I too will float away. My reflection gone from cool streams.
Cheng Man-ch’ing
It will be a great pity if any feeling of jealousy or egotism gain ground amongst you.
Swami Vivekananda
Youth, have no pity; leave no farthing here For age to invest in compromise and fear.
Edna St. Vincent Millay
I pity those who have no taste for reading.
Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sevigne
I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can’t be learnt in lecture halls.
Lionel Blue
…love and pity for hell’s occupants will not enter our hearts.
J. I. Packer
I have no pity for myself either. So let it be Veronal. But I wish Hercule Poirot had never retired from work and come here to grow vegetable marrows.
Agatha Christie
I’ve covered a lot of the British countryside and the UK from top to bottom and side to side. It’s such a pity more people don’t appreciate what’s on their doorstep.
Alan Titchmarsh
Self-pity is… a sinkhole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink.
Elisabeth Elliot
Give plenty of what is given to you, And listen to pity’s call. Don’t think the little you give is great, And the much you get is small.
Phoebe Cary
In many cases, people who win a Nobel prize, their work slows down after that because of the distractions. Yes, fame is rewarding, but it’s a pity if it keeps you from doing the work you are good at.
Charles H. Townes
If it weren’t for the message of mercy and pity in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I wouldn’t want to be a human being. I would just as soon be a rattlesnake.
Kurt Vonnegut
Santa is our culture’s only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It’s a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that’s a pity.
Chris Van Allsburg
Far from seeking to justify, as does the Church, the necessity of torments and afflictions, he cried, in his outraged pity: ‘If a God has made this world, I should not wish to be that God. The world’s wretchedness would rend my heart.
Joris-Karl Huysmans
When I am in the ring, all I think about is knocking my opponent’s head off, getting him out of there. Hurting him. Putting pain to him. I will have no mercy. I will have no pity.
Deontay Wilder
It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.
Manly Hall
I would hesitate to tell people to stop being kind or sympathetic to sociopath. But just like loyalty, some things that can be taken advantage of are empathy, sympathy, and our tendency to pity somebody when something has gone wrong in their life.
Martha Stout
If you can once engage people’s pride, love, pity, ambition (or whatever is their prevailing passion) on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
Lord Chesterfield
Everyone has their set of problems and I’m certainly not going to sensationalize mine or try to evoke pity or sympathy out of people because I don’t think they warrant that sort of thing. That’s my private karma that I have to work out.
Chrissie Hynde
Ice-cream is exquisite – what a pity it isn’t illegal.
It’s a pity more men are not bastards by birth instead of vocation.
Katharine Whitehorn
Holidays – Have no pity.
Eugenio Montale
Self-pity does not appreciate pedantry.
Alexander McCall Smith
Try to avoid complaints. Self-pity even when legitimate never fails to undermine your strength.
Mariane Pearl
Do not be proud of your inconsistency. It is a pity, it is a pity that we should be equipped like this. It is a pity that Man cannot be at the same time impressive and truthful.
E. M. Forster
Not being untutored in suffering, I learn to pity those in affliction
O let me be undone the common way, And have the common comfort to be pity’d, And not be ruin’d in the mask of bliss, And so be envy’d, and be wretched too!
Edward Young
I pity those born of the lighter side. They have no understanding of how seductive cruelty is. The music made out of screams and pleas for mercy. Mmmm. Nothing better. (Noir)
Sherrilyn Kenyon
Pity only on fresh objects stays, but with the tedious sight of woes decays.
John Dryden
Zeal is that pure and heavenly flame,The fire of love suppliesВ ;While that which often bears the name,Is self in a disguise.True zeal is merciful and mild,Can pity and forbearВ ;The false is headstrong, fierce and wild,And breathes revenge and war.
John Newton
You can’t buy time, Nick. Ever. It’s the only thing in life you can’t get most of, and it’s the one thing that will mercilessly tear you up when it’s gone. It takes no pity on no soul and no heart.
Sherrilyn Kenyon
The feeling it gave me was an odd combination of weightless self-pity and excitement. I understood my life was meaningless, and this knowledge freed me up to accomplish absolutely anything.
Matt de la Pena
That is the challenge Companion. To take what has happened to you and learn from it. Nothing is quite so destructive as pity, especially self-pity. No event in life is so terrible that one cannot rise above it.
Robin Hobb
Pity the Party without enough woman power – there will always be dreamers and leaders, but the dreams won’t come true, nor will the leaders reach their goal, without the ready doers.
Judy LaMarsh
self-pity is better than none.
Phyllis Diller
It is a great pity that every human being does not, at an early stage of his life, have to write a historical work. He would then realize that the human race is in quite a jam about truth.
Rebecca West
When Michelangelo was introduced to Titian, he said… that Titian’s colouring and his style much pleased him, but that it was a pity that in Venice men did not learn to draw well from the beginning, and that those painters did not pursue a better method in their studies.
Giorgio Vasari
Let us people who are so uncommonly clever and learned have a great tenderness and pity for the poor folks who are not endowed with the prodigious talents which we have.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Pity all newlyweds. She cooks something nice for him, and he brings her flowers, and they kiss and think: How easy marriage is.
Mignon McLaughlin
There is a passion of reverence, almost of pity, mingling with the love of an honest man for a pure girl, which makes it the most exquisite, perhaps, of all human sentiments.
Lucas Malet
The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.
Samuel Johnson
Friends should be very delicate and careful in administering pity as medicine, when enemies use the same article as poison.
John Frederick Boyes
People sinking into self-pity and depression are dreary, but they can’t get out of it by themselves. So every now and then, just sit there and listen, and listen, and listen. You’re paying your membership dues in the human race.
Barbara Walters
It is a pity that so often the only way to treat girls like people seems to be to treat them like boys.
Katharine Whitehorn
Speech is a powerful master and achieves the most divine feats with the smallest and least evident body. It can stop fear, relieve pain, create joy, and increase pity
Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds. Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice, while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists, and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free.
Arundhati Roy
I’ve seen your stormy seas and stormy women, And pity lovers rather more than seamen.
Lord Byron
With ‘Pity Party,’ it’s the first time seeing my vision come to life in front of my face. I’m super happy about it.
Melanie Martinez
When I meet a girl, I just sort of do really over-exaggerated terrible dance moves… a lot of hip movements. I get them laughing, and get them to feel pity for me, and then they like me!
Nicholas D’Agosto
Don’t let us rejoice in punishment, even when the hand of God alone inflicts it. The best of us are but poor wretches, just saved from shipwreck. Can we feel anything but awe and pity when we see a fellow-passenger swallowed by the waves?
George Eliot
Pity is often a reflection of our own evils in the ills of others. It is a delicate foresight of the troubles into which we may fall.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I love you, Dominique. As selfishly as the fact that I exist. As selfishly as my lungs breathe air. I breathe for my own necessity, for the fuel of my body, for my survival. I’ve given you, not my sacrifice or my pity, but my ego and my naked need. This is the only way I can want you to love me.
Ayn Rand
A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.
William Butler Yeats
Nothing but real love–(how rare it is; has one human heart in a million ever known it?) nothing but real love can repay us for the loss of freedom–the cares and fears of poverty–the cold pity of the world that we both despise and respect.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
If pity is akin to love, gratitude is akin to the other thing.
George Bernard Shaw
Pity the man who has a character to support – it is worse than a large family – he is silent poor indeed.
Henry David Thoreau
If you realize that those who do mean things are psychologically ill, your feelings of anger will turn to feelings of pity.
Peace Pilgrim
Friendship is made up of esteem and pleasure; pity is composed of sorrow and contempt: the mind may for some time fluctuate between them, but it can never entertain both at once.
Oliver Goldsmith
Pity and friendship seek different habitations.
Helen Hunt
Pity is extolled as the virtue of prostitutes.
Friedrich Nietzsche
I hope to leave my children a sense of empathy and pity and a will to right social wrongs
Anita Roddick
Jesus made me, so he should save me from pity, sympathy and idiots discussing me.
Steven Morrissey
I felt like a failure, like somehow my self-worth was tied to my ability to procreate. I didn’t feel like I could talk about it. I did not want other people’s pity, so I mostly kept my story and my feelings to myself.
Virginia Williams
He is not affected by the reality of distress touching his heart, but by the showy resemblance of it striking his imagination. He pities the plumage, but forgets the dying bird.
Thomas Paine
Why, this Satan’s drink is so delicious it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it and making it a truly Christian beverage.
Pope Clement VIII
Was it for crimes that I had done
He groaned upon the tree?
Amazing pity! Grace unknown!
And love beyond degree!
Isaac Watts
Look around in the world, and you may see some in every place who are objects of pity, bereaved by sad accidents of all the comforts of life, while in the meantime Providence has tenderly preserved you.
John Flavel
The human animal is a beast that dies but the fact that he’s dying don’t give him pity for others.
Tennessee Williams
I don’t have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do.
Stephen Hawking
Pity those who cannot say: Thy will be done not mine, today.
Elaine A. Cannon
Where pity is, for pity makes the world
Soft to the weak and noble for the strong.
Edwin Arnold
Most of the time nothing much is required of directors, which is a pity.
Asia Argento
Temptation gains power where we see it prevail in others we know and we express neither shock or hatred of them and their ways nor pity and prayer for their deliverance.
John Owen
Have pity on a dinosaur.
Hank Williams, Jr.
I didn’t tell people because I didn’t want pity, and I was afraid I wouldn’t get work. But others with MS need to know they are not alone. We don’t have to be victims.
Teri Garr
Blessed is he who invented recording! But what a pity that he was not born centuries earlier! Think only of all that we would be able to hear and therefore understand better. Oh, the unending research in libraries and museums, the readings and collations of texts, the maddening desire to know the truth!
Wanda Landowska
Have interesting failures…. If you need to have a personal crisis have it now. Don’t wait until midlife, when it will take longer to resolve…. Don’t pity yourselves. Lighten up. Seek people with a sense of humor. Avoid humorless people-and do not marry one, for God’s sake.
Garrison Keillor
And have you never known the pleasure and triumph of a lucky guess? I pity you. I thought you cleverer; for depend upon it, a lucky guess is never merely luck. There is always some talent in it.
Jane Austen
As a reader, I have a very short attention span and a low tolerance for boredom, and I find that comes in handy with my writing. If I get bored writing something, I pity the people who will then try to read it.
John Scalzi
You could not pity anything if you weren’t a man; pity was a surprise to God. It was not his invention.
Bernard Malamud
What a pity when editors review a woman’s book, that they so often fall into the error of reviewing the woman instead.
Fanny Fern
I feel pretty and witty and gay. And I pity any girl who isn’t me today.
Marni Nixon
Ah, sweet pity. Where would my love life be without it?
Matt Groening
When will you have a little pity for every soft thing that walks through the world, yourself included.
Mary Oliver
In the field of controversy I always pity the moderate party, who stand on the open middle ground exposed to the fire of both sides.
Edward Gibbon
I pity the babies whose mothers are busy texting trivialities instead of playing with their children; I pity the children who are tethered to their cell phones instead of playing ball; I pity the adolescents who are wasting their best years holding one of those artefacts instead of the hand of another young person.
Mario Bunge
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
F. H. Bradley
Oh northern mothers wives and sisters, all unconscious of the hour, would to Heaven that I could bear for you the concentrated woe which is so soon to follow, would that Christ would teach
my soul a prayer that would plead to the Father for grace sufficient for you, God pity and strengthen you every one.
Clara Barton
The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue, pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia, and fear, are near impotent.
Edward Dahlberg
Charity isn’t about pity, it is about love.
Mother Teresa
When he sat alone in the darkness and cried and was done, all done with it, nothing had changed. His leg still hurt, it was still dark, he was still alone and the self-pity had accomplished nothing.
Gary Paulsen
I’m a Latina from Miami. I pity you if you think you’re going out-shout me.
Ana Navarro
An angel, legend has it, took pity on a little shepherd girl who had nothing to give to the Infant Jesus in his manger. The angel handed her a weed, but first transformed it into this beautiful flower of winter.
Allen Lacy
If I am mad, it is mercy! May the gods pity the man who in his callousness can remain sane to the hideous end!
H. P. Lovecraft
I cruelly hate cruelty, both by nature and reason, as the worst of all the vices. But then I am so soft in this that I cannot seea chicken’s neck wrung without distress, and cannot bear to hear the squealing of a hare between the teeth of my hounds.
Michel de Montaigne
Self-pity is like chocolate; as you get older, you can only afford a little bit.
Charlaine Harris
The Constitution they wrote was designed to protect the rights of white, male citizens. As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers – a great pity, on both counts. It is not too late to complete the work they left undone. Today, here, we should start to do so.
Shirley Chisholm
Religion is an edifice built upon the dream of a beautiful world… Pity the dreamers are rarely builders.
Avtarjeet Singh Dhanjal
America overflows with specious “victims” demanding redress for spurious grievances. However, one genuinely oppressed minority is getting overdue relief. Beginning with spring training in Arizona and Florida, Major League Baseball, taking pity on traumatized pitchers, is directing umpires to enforce the strike zone.
George Will
If the purpose of lamentation be to excite pity, it is surely superfluous for age and weakness to tell their plaintive stories; for pity presupposes sympathy, and a little attention will show them, that those who do not feel pain seldom think that it is felt.
Lyndon B. Johnson
It would be a thousand pities if women wrote like men, or lived like men, or looked like men, for if two sexes are quite inadequate, considering the vastness and variety of the world, how should we manage with one only? Ought not education to bring out and fortify the differences rather than the similarities?
Virginia Woolf
Kind pity chokes my spleen.
John Donne
Compassion and pity are not the same: pity is looking down on someone, feeling sorry for them and offering nothing; compassion is seeing their pain and offering them understanding.
Jasinda Wilder
Is there anything more true than human pain? Is there anything more sincere than the cry for help from those who suffer? Only a great wave of mankind’s pity can surmount an immense wave of human misery?
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
Alone, Alone, all, all alone, Alone on a wide wide sea! And never saint took pity on My soul in agony
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
They walked back into the world together, wearing the gift that had been given them: just life. Pity was not love, Barbie reflected…but if you were a child, giving clothes to someone who was naked had to be a step in the right direction.
Stephen King
God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.
Albert Camus
Pity, though it may often relieve, is but, at best, a short-lived passion, and seldom affords distress more than transitory assistance; with some it scarce lasts from the first impulse till the hand can be put into the pocket.
Oliver Goldsmith
In many cases, people who win a Nobel prize, their work slows down after that because of the distractions. Yes, fame is rewarding, but it’s a pity if it keeps you from doing the work you are good at.
Charles Hard Townes
Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity.
Carrie Fisher
Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who can no longer threaten us!
Pierre Corneille
I was supposed to direct a film on Gautam Buddha. That didn’t work out. A pity, because the entire script had been written. It was in English.
Manisha Koirala
Inside your own self pity there you swim, in sinking down to drown her voice still haunts you, and only with your laughter can you win.
Joni Mitchell
When I moved to Manchester, to work as a runner for Granada, I shared with a researcher called Vicky who took pity on my inability to cook and made me meals for three years. Put in charge of cookery on a live kids’ show I’d buy cookies from a shop to show as ‘ones we made earlier.’
Zoe Ball
Here we go mother on the shipless ocean. Pity us, pity the ocean, here we go.
Anne Carson
If you can once engage people’s pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
Pity is the most pleasant feeling in those who have not much pride and have no prospect of great conquests; for them the easy prey – and that is what all who suffer are – is enchanting.
Friedrich Nietzsche
The tools of conquest do not necessarily come with bombs and explosions and fallout. There are weapons that are simply thoughts, attitudes, prejudices . . . . And the pity of it is that these things cannot be confined to the Twilight Zone.
Rod Serling
I’m not going to sit here and say, ‘Pity me; I came from modeling.’ It’s opened a lot of doors. People will take meetings because they’ve heard the name before. That’s an advantage that I have.
Brooklyn Decker
Watch waterfalls of pity roar, you feel to moan but unlike before, you discover that you’d just be one more person crying.
Bob Dylan
Heart-chilling superstition! thou canst glaze even Pity’s eye with her own frozen tear.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Try not to sing too many sad songs for yourself. The universe already hates you. Self-pity isn’t going to help.
Richard Kadrey
I once read about a guy who lost his arms in a fire. The nurse took pity on him and gave him a hand job. I don’t even get that.
Augusten Burroughs
Pity is exhaustible. What a terrible discovery!
Enid Bagnold
God pity the tortured hearts that will pant through this night! And the agony of the poor wife who has heard that her husband is really killed!
Margaret Junkin Preston
I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful minutes, then on with the day.
Mitch Albom
Beauty plus pity-that is the closest we can get to a definition of art. Where there is beauty there is pity for the simple reason that beauty must die: beauty always dies, the manner dies with the matter, the world dies with the individual.
Vladimir Nabokov
The best of our theater is standing on tiptoe, striving to see over the shoulders of father and mother. The worst is exploiting and wallowing in the self-pity of adolescence and obsessive keyhole sexuality. The way out, as the poet says, is always through.
Arthur Miller
An isolated outbreak of virginity is a rash on the face of society. It arouses only pity from the married, and embarrassment from the single.
Charlotte Bingham
It is important not to allow ourselves to be put off by the magnitude of others’ suffering. The misery of millions is not a cause for pity. Rather it is a cause for compassion.
Dalai Lama
It has been remarked that almost every character which has excited either attention or pity has owed part of its success to merit, and part to a happy concurrence of circumstances in its favor. Had Caesar or Cromwell exchanged countries, the one might have been a sergeant and the other an exciseman.
Oliver Goldsmith
One grows out of pity when it’s useless.
Albert Camus
Above all others I pity the homeless: where can they go to masturbate?
Robert Clark
Sacrificers are not the ones to pity. The ones to pity are those they sacrifice.
Elizabeth Bowen
It’s a pity we’re still officially living in an age called the Holocene. The Anthropocene – human dominance of biological, chemical and geological processes on Earth – is already an undeniable reality.
Paul J. Crutzen
Never try to understand the students. They hate it. They would much rather be tragically misunderstood, wallow in self-pity, stew in their own —” “That’s enough, Phineas,” said Dumbledore.
J. K. Rowling
All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
I pity my brother Ferdinand, knowing by my own feelings how sad a thing it is to live apart from one’s family.
Marie Antoinette
Satirize wickedness if you must–but pity weakness.
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Doubtless a great anguish may do the work of years, and we may come out from that baptism of fire with a soul full of new awe and new pity.
George Eliot
I will teach you to love death. I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance. I will make my final stand here, Benjamin Thomas Parish.
Rick Yancey
We must bring light to as many people as possible. Who has time to indulge in self-pity or guilt? In advanced self-giving you have no time for this. You just push these emotions out.
Frederick Lenz
Some people act as if there were a penalty for carrying concealed troubles. They exhibit them at every opportunity, begging for sympathy, even condescending to accept pity. Such persons never realize that the very ones to whom they are complaining are often struggling under a burden greater than their own.
Alice Hegan Rice
Pity the mother who assumes the name without being all this implies!
Amos Bronson Alcott
I heard an Angel singing; When the day was springing, Mercy, Pity, Peace; Is the world’s release.
William Blake
Being a retired major looks like an ideal thing to me. What a pity you couldn’t eternally have been just a retired major.
Fernando Pessoa
It’s a pity people pick and choose what they learn from the Bible.
Graham Greene
Piscary killed people, but he didn’t have the concept of pity or remorse. It would be like telling a shark he was a bad fish and to stop eating people. But Trent? He knew he was doing wrong, and he did it anyway.
Kim Harrison
I would be lying if I said if I didn’t miss out on what normal teenagers do, of course. But I don’t need pity for that.
Jamie Lynn Spears
The comfortable people in tight houses felt pity at first, and then distaste, and finally hatred for the migrant people.
John Steinbeck
Trees had died to make these forms, and that seemed a great pity to me.
Charlaine Harris
If you have been wise and successful I congratulate you. Unless you are unable to forget how successful you have been, then I pity you.
Napoleon Hill
The itch is a mean, unconfessable, ridiculous malady; one can pity someone who is suffering ; someone who wants to scratch himself makes one laugh.
Andre Gide
Tomorrow, more’s the pity, Away we both must hie, To air the ditty and to earth I.
A. E. Housman
The arousing of prejudice, pity, anger, and similar emotions has nothing to do with the essential facts, but is merely a personal appeal to the man who is judging the case.
Unfortunately, in the environment, I don’t see as much willingness to invest heavily in R&D as I do in consumer technology. And that’s a pity.
Ramez Naam
All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him.
Saint Basil
In prosperous fortunes be modest and wise, The greatest may fall, and the lowest may rise: But insolent People that fall in disgrace, Are wretched and nobody pities their Case.
Benjamin Franklin
Be collected.
No more amazement. Tell your piteous heart
There’s no harm done.
William Shakespeare
It’s a pity I have been stereotyped as a villain.
Radha Ravi
Without courage, honor, compassion, pity, love and sacrifice, as William Faulkner pointed out, we know not of love, but lust. We debase our audience. But we can ennoble and enrich our viewers and ourselves in our journey through this good time, this precious time, this great and wonderful experience we call life.
Earl Hamner, Jr.
I wasn’t lonely. I experienced no self-pity. I was just caught up in a life in which I could find no meaning.
Charles Bukowski
We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. For God’s sake, look after our people.
Robert Falcon Scott
Self pity becomes your oxygen. But you learned to breathe it without a gasp. So, nobody even notices you’re hurting.
Paul Monette
I pause a second. He doesn’t look at me the way Will, Christina, and Al sometimes do – like I am too small and too weak to be of any use, and they pity me for it.
Veronica Roth
in prosperity prayers seem but a mere medley of words, until misfortune comes and the unhappy sufferer first understands the meaning of the sublime language in which he invokes the pity of heaven!
Alexandre Dumas
Great vices are the proper objects of our detestation, smaller faults of our pity, but affectation appears to be the only true source of the ridiculous.
Henry Fielding
Pity those who don’t feel anything at all
Sarah J. Maas
It takes so little to make a child happy, that it is a pity in a world full of sunshine and pleasant things, that there should be any wistful faces, empty hands, or lonely little hearts.
Louisa May Alcott
You need not spend your life wallowing in failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame and self-pity. There is a better way to live.
Og Mandino
Pain is a gift. Humanity, without pain, would know neither fear nor pity. Without fear, there could be no humility, and every man would be a monster. The recognition of pain and fear in others give rise in us to pity, and in our pity is our humanity, our redemption.
Dean Koontz
All pity is self-pity.
W. H. Auden
Life, which all creatures love and strive to keep
Wonderful, dear and pleasant unto each,
Even to the meanest; yea, a boon to all
Where pity is, for pity makes the world
Soft to the weak and noble for the strong.
Edwin Arnold
It’s true he was a sinner. But don’t pass so final a judgement. Have pity in your heart and don’t forget that he may yet be an Augustine, while you remain just another mediocrity.
Josemaria Escriva
[The kidnapping] happened 14 years ago, and I didn’t talk about it for ten years because I was too embarrassed. I was too scared. I thought, People are gonna judge me, they’re gonna pity me, and I don’t want that. Because I’m not a victim – I’m a survivor.
Frida Farrell
Life ain’t all beer and skittles, and more’s the pity; but what’s the odds, so long as you’re happy?
George du Maurier
Pity costs nothing, and it ain’t worth nothing.
Josh Billings
Pity that gold should always bring with it the canker – covetousness.
Fanny Fern
Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door.
William Blake
For man is essentially alone, and one should pity him and love him and grieve with him.
HalldГіr Laxness
It is a pity that there are no big creatures to prey on humanity. If there were enough dragons and rocs, perhaps mankind would turn its might against them. Unfortunately man is preyed upon by microbes, which are too small to be appreciated.
T. H. White
If you looked down to the bottom of my soul, you would understand fully the source of my longing and – pity me. Even the open, transparent lake has its unknown depths, which no divers know.
Hans Christian Andersen
To desire Him to be merciful to us is to acknowledge Him as God. To seek His pity when we deserve no pity is to ask Him to be just with a justice so holy that it knows no evil and shows mercy to everyone who does not fly from Him in despair.
Thomas Merton
Self pity is the worst possible emotion anyone can have. And the most destructive. It is, to slightly paraphrase what Wilde said about hatred, and I think actually hatred’s a subset of self pity and not the other way around – ‘It destroys everything around it, except itself.’
Stephen Fry
Pity is just another form of abuse.
Michael J. Fox
It is a great pity that human beings cannot find all of their satisfaction in scientific contemplativeness.
Niels Bohr
To me [Edgar Allen Poe’s] prose is unreadable—like Jane Austin’s [sic]. No there is a difference. I could read his prose on salary, but not Jane’s. Jane is entirely impossible. It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.
Mark Twain
God has pity on kindergarten children
Yehuda Amichai
Loneliness, dejection, the contempt or pity of people around you–these are unpleasant feelings. But they are precisely the things that produce genuine Dark Ones.
Sergei Lukyanenko
A lot of roles for people with disabilities are quite patronising. It’s a real pity when they are just used to give dull PC kudos to a drama, or when they’re wheeled on in a tokenistic way without any real involvement in the plot.
Mark Haddon
Pity it is we drowse too soon
Pity it is we fall asleep
Ere our song encompass the height
Ere our hand inherit the deep
Khalil Gibran
Moon! Moon! I am prone before you. Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.
Amy Lowell
Great God, have pity on the wicked, for thou didst everything for the good, when thou madest them good!
Reform is born of need, not pity. No vital movement of the people has worked down, for good or evil; fermented, instead, carried up the heaving, cloggy mass.
Rebecca Harding Davis
I give great thanks to God that he has created a Dalai Lama. Do you really think, as some have argued, that God will be saying: ‘You know, that guy, the Dalai Lama, is not bad. What a pity he’s not a Christian’? I don’t think that is the case – because, you see, God is not a Christian.
Desmond Tutu
I have learned that with creatures one loves, suffering is not the only thing for which one may pity them. A rabbit who does not know when a gift has made him safe is poorer than a slug, even though he may think otherwise himself.
Richard Adams
I do not hope somebody breaks in. However, if they did, I pity them. I pity the fool that breaks into my house.
Amber Heard
Sometimes, you know, I cry. And sometimes I scream. And I get really angry. And I get really upset, you know, into wallowing in self-pity sometimes. And I think that it’s all part of the healing.
Christina Applegate
If every man’s internal care Were written on his brow, How many would our pity share Who raise our envy now?
Pietro Metastasio
Pity is cruel. Pity destroys.
Graham Greene
Identity is not inherent. It is shaped by circumstance and sensitivity and resistance to self-pity.
Dorothy West
Nefret had always had an uncanny ability to read his thoughts. ‘Did she cry?’ she asked sweetly. ‘And then you kissed her? You shouldn’t have done that. I’m sure you meant well, but kissing someone out of pity is always a mistake.
Barbara Mertz
But the day I can’t shrug off a twinge of self-pity, is the day I’m washed up for keeps.
Jonathan Lethem
I’m no use to anybody,’ I say. ‘I’m a cГ©rГ©brale, can’t you see that?’ Thinking how funny a book would be, called ‘Just a CГ©rГ©brale or You Can’t Stop Me From Dreaming’. Only, of course, to be accepted as authentic, to carry any conviction, it would have to be written by a man. What a pity, what a pity!
Jean Rhys
If you think you’re gonna have pity on me or take it easy on me, then I’m gonna have to help you off your back.
Shaquem Griffin
To be without pity for other mens falls, is an evident sign that we shall fall ourselves shortly.
Philip Neri
I have always a slight feeling of pity for the man who has no knowledge of chess, just as I would pity the man who has remained ignorant of love. Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make man happy.
Siegbert Tarrasch
It is a great pity but tis certain from every day’s observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out.
Laurence Sterne
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
Georges Bernanos
The great basis of the Christian faith is compassion; do not dismiss that from your hearts, neither will your Maker.
Theodore Parker
It is a pity that…the majority of feminists and their allies have stuck to the dead ground of “Me Decade” possessive individualism, an ideology that has more in common than it admits with the prehistoric right, which it claims to oppose but has in fact encouraged.
Christopher Hitchens
There is nothing to do with men [and women] but to love them; to contemplate their virtues with admiration, their faults with pity and forbearance, and their injuries with forgiveness.
Orville Dewey
I pity them greatly, but I must be mum, for how could we do without sugar and rum?
William Cowper
I literally feel pity for a lot of the stupid idiots that I have to deal with.
Rose McGowan
Pity a thing often avowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.
Charles Caleb Colton
Tragedy looks to me like man in love with his own defeat.
Which is only a sloppy way of being in love with yourself.
D. H. Lawrence
It’s a pity to shoot the pianist when the piano is out of tune.
Rene Coty
Towards gnats and fleas we should show no pity. We would do right to hang petty thieves, petty calumniators, and slanderers.
Friedrich Nietzsche
He Who is wrapped in purple robes,
With planets in His care,
Had pity on the least of things
Asleep upon a chair.
William Butler Yeats
Aging does not make women powerless objects of pity but colorful and entertaining individuals and, on occasion, fire-breathing dragons that wise people don’t cross.
Florence King
And the more pity that great folk should have count’nance in this world to drown or hang themselves more than their even-Christen.
William Shakespeare
I pity the Jews trying to get through life with only half a Bible. That’s like trying to get from here to San Francisco with a road map that stops at Dubuque, Iowa.
Kurt Vonnegut
People in distress never think that you feel enough.
Samuel Johnson
Pity is a really odd thing with abused women. You don’t want anyone to think that you feel bad – even though you might.
Kristen Stewart
Their [the Jews] rotten and unbending stiffneckedness deserves that they be oppressed unendingly and without measure or end and that they die in their misery without the pity of anyone.
John Calvin
In the eyes of mercy, no one should have hateful thoughts. Feel pity for the man who is even more at fault. The area and size of mercy is limitless.
Yamamoto Tsunetomo
Do not pity the dead, Harry.
J. K. Rowling
Flaubert was right when he said that our use of language is like a cracked kettle on which we bang out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we need to move the very stars to pity.
Christopher Hitchens
In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man’s new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit.
Nikola Tesla
Why do we cling to bigotry? Because bigotry, plainly, is convenient. It is a near-effortless way to both elevate one’s stature and make a pity grab in this culture of victims that we have become.
John Ridley
Ah! some love Paris, / And some Purdue. / But love is an archer with a low I.Q. / A bold, bad bowman, and innocent of pity. / So I’m in love with / New York City.
Phyllis McGinley
Pity is not natural to man. Children are always cruel. Savages are always cruel. Pity is acquired and improved by the cultivation of reason. We may have uneasy sensations from seeing a creature in distress, without pity; for we have not pity unless we wish to relieve them.
Samuel Johnson
To Tennessee Williams we owe a special debt. In a tragic age, he has transformed loneliness by naming it for us, suffered sordidness with beauty, graced poor hurt lives with love and pity.
William Jay Smith
It is thus only this personal feeling of misery that we get rid of by acts of pity.
Friedrich Nietzsche
A pity about the people! they are brave enough comrades, but they have heads like a soapboiler’s.
Friedrich Schiller
Pity and need Make all flesh kin. There in no caste in blood.
Edwin Arnold
Good steel bends, but never breaks. Good steel stays always sharp and ready. Good steel feels no pain, no pity, and above all, no remorse
Joe Abercrombie
Pity it is to slay the meanest thing.
Thomas Hood
The poor give us much more than we give them. They’re such strong people, living day to day with no food. And they never curse, never complain. We don’t have to give them pity or sympathy. We have so much to learn from them.
Mother Teresa
If a man is tongue-tied, don’t laugh at him, but, rather, feel pity for him, as you would for a man with broken legs.
Abraham Cahan
Trump’s “Make America Great Again” program trumpets a national identity built on scapegoating, self-pity and grandiosity, and the promise of a strongman.
Susan Faludi
You lose such a lot of time just sleeping … when you might just be living! … It seems such a pity we can’t live nights too.
Eleanor Porter
It’s a pity that I can never really enjoy my movies because, after the mixing, your capacity as a spectator just disappears. I have to think about what I felt just before the mixing.
Pedro Almodovar
But to ask pity of our body is like discoursing in front of an octopus, for which our words can have no more meaning than the sound of the tides, and with which we should be appalled to find ourselves condemned to live.
Marcel Proust
It was one lesson he never forgot.You don’t sit back when you or a loved one is being assaulted.And you don’t act like the goverment with their “proportional responses” and all that nonsense.If someone hurts you,mercy and pity must be put aside,You eliminate the enemy.You scorch the earth.
Harlan Coben
A book or poem which has no pity in it had better not be written.
Oscar Wilde
For a song I was bought Now I lie when I talk With a careful eye on the cue card. Onto a stage I was pushed, With my sorrow well rehearsed. So give me all your pity and your money, now (all of it).
Conor Oberst
If you can once engage people’s pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
Lord Chesterfield
Self-pity, a dominant characteristic of sociopaths, is also the characteristic that differentiates heroic storytelling from psychological rumination. When you talk about your experiences to shed light, you may feel wrenching pain, grief, anger, or shame. Your audience may pity you, but not because you want them to.
Martha Beck
Stupidity cannot be cured. Stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death. There is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity.
Robert A. Heinlein
For Mercy has a human heart Pity, a human face: And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress.
William Blake
Self-pity is the most negative quality of the human spirit. Difficulties in life are intended to make us better, not bitter.
Jon M. Huntsman Sr.
Generosity is the accompaniment of high birth; pity and gratitude are its attendants.
Pierre Corneille
Sometimes when you miss out on points, it is a pity, it is a shame, because we tried to do everything in the game.
Pep Guardiola
The state of your heart dictates whether you harbor a grudge or give grace, seek self-pity or seek Christ, drink human misery or taste God’s mercy.
Max Lucado
I write my miserable songs. I write songs about disgust and self-pity. We’re all going to have bummer moments. That’s not the stuff I choose to share.
Jason Mraz
Desperation is a millstone. It wears away at the very soul, grinding away pity, kindness, humanity and courage. But sometimes it whets the mind to a sharpened point and creates moments of true brilliance. And standing there, nose tickled by the dusty hide of the stuffed deer head, such a moment visited Mosca Mye.
Frances Hardinge
Today is like yesterday and tomorrow will be the same as today. God, help us! Take pity of us!
Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia
I pity anybody who has to spend a day with me.
Marilyn Manson
The greed of gain has no time or limit to its capaciousness. Its one object is to produce and consume. It has pity neither for beautiful nature nor for living human beings. It is ruthlessly ready without a moment’s hesitation to crush beauty and life.
Rabindranath Tagore
Resentment is, in every stage of the passion, painful, but it is not disagreeable, unless in excess; pity is always painful, yet always agreeable; vanity, on the contrary, is always pleasant, yet always disagreeable.
Alec Douglas-Home
I wonder why love is so often equated with joy when it is everything else as well. Devastation, balm, obsession, granting and receiving excessive value, and losing it again. It is recognition, often of what you are not but might be. It sears and it heals. It is beyond pity and above law. It can seem like truth.
Florida Scott-Maxwell
I admire writers who succeed at what I consider the first demand of art: that the artist vivisect himself without pity, without hesitation, determined to reveal whatever he might find.
Kathryn Harrison
When your fear touches someone’s pain it becomes pity;
when your love touches someone’s pain, it becomes
compassion. To train in compassion, then, is to know
all beings are the same and suffer in similar ways,
to honor all those who suffer, and to know you are
neither separate from nor superior to anyone.
Stephen Levine
Be like a river in generosity and giving help. Be like a sun in tenderness and pity. Be like night when covering other’s faults. Be like a dead when furious and angry. Be like earth in modesty and humbleness. Be like a sea in tolerance. Be as you are or as you look like.
O, if there be any kind of life most sad, and deepest in the scale of pity, it is the dry, cold impotence of one, who has honestly set to the work of his own self-redemption.
Horace Bushnell
Of all the well-meant emotions pity is the cruelest to share.
Joan Slonczewski
WL’s [White Liberals] think all the world’s problems can be fixed without any cost to themselves. We don’t believe that. There’s a lot to be said for sacrifice, remorse, even pity. It’s what separates us from roaches
Paul Farmer
You pity the fool because you don’t want to beat up a fool! You know, pity is between sorry and mercy. See, if you pity him, you know, you won’t have to beat him up. So that’s why I say fools, you gotta give another chance because they don’t know no better. That’s why I pity them!
Mr. T
Wolves and bears, they say, casting their savagery aside, have done like offices of pity.
William Shakespeare
If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.
Francis of Assisi
The Irish tell the story of a man who arrives at the gates of heaven and asks to be let in St. Peter says, “Of course, just show us your scars.” The man says, “I have no scars”. St. Peter says, “What a pity was there nothing worth fighting for”?
Martin Sheen
This is pity,” he thought, and then he lifted his head in wonder. He thought that there must be something terribly wrong with a world in which this monstrous feeling is called a virtue.
Ayn Rand
I don’t really pity any of my characters. I hold my characters under a harsh fluorescent lamp and ask “Who are you?” I’m not doing their makeup or giving them hairdos. They present themselves to me as they are and then I let them say what they want. Usually they’re saying something too honest.
Ottessa Moshfegh
But miserable most, to love unloved? This you should pity rather than despise
William Shakespeare
Kindliness, friendliness, the courtesy of the heart, are ever-flowing streams of non egoistic impulses, and have given far more powerful assistance to culture than even those much more famous demonstrations which are called pity, mercy, and self-sacrifice.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It wasn’t until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero.
Corazon Aquino
They love the country, and none else, who seek
For their own sake its silence and its shade.
Delights which who would leave, that has a heart
Susceptible of pity, or a mind
Cultured and capable of sober thought.
William Cowper
We are not going to win because you have a new head coach, any more than you are going to fix a flat tire by changing the driver. We will win the minute all of us get rid of excuses as to why we can’t win and stop wallowing in self-pity.
Lou Holtz
Pity is woman’s sweetest charm.
Honore de Balzac
Sacrificers … are not the ones to pity. The ones to pity are those that they sacrifice. Oh, the sacrificers, they get it both ways. A person knows themselves that they’re able to do without.
Elizabeth Bowen
Oh, pity the poor glutton Whose troubles all begin In struggling on and on to turn What’s out into what’s in.
Walter de La Mare
I’ve never any pity for conceited people, because I think they carry their comfort about with them.
George Eliot
A tender-hearted and compassionate disposition, which inclines men to pity and feel the misfortunes of others, and which is, even for its own sake, incapable of involving any man in ruin and misery, is of all tempers of mind the most amiable; and though it seldom receives much honor, is worthy of the highest.
Henry Fielding
I think it’s a great pity in the Anglophone world that we conflate cinema verite and Direct Cinema; they’re, in fact, ontological opposites. In Direct Cinema, we create a fictional reality with characters and pretend we’re not that.
Joshua Oppenheimer
You will surely smile with me when I say, ‘Thank God one can still recognise self-pity as such and not give it any greater dignity than just that.
James Fox
Humane sentiments are baseless, mad, and improper; they are incredibly feeble; never do they withstand the gainsaying passions, never do they resist bare necessity.
Marquis de Sade
I pity the fellow who has to create a dialect or paraphrase the dictionary to get laughs. I can’t spell, but I have never stooped to spell cat with a ‘k’ to get at your funny bone. I love a drink, but I never encouraged drunkenness by harping on its alleged funny side.
Mark Twain
In extreme danger fear feels no pity.
[Lat., In summo periculo timor miericordiam non recipit.]
Julius Caesar
In my own prejudice.. I would have of a poet…whose worlds would not be too esoteric..fond of talking….capable of pity and laughter..appreciative of womem..involved in personal relationships…susceptible to physical impressions
Louis MacNeice
Silence in love betrays more woe – Than words though ne’er so witty; A beggar that is dumb, you know, may challenge double pity.
Walter Raleigh
Don’t pity me now, don’t pity me never; I’m going to do nothing for ever and ever.
James Agate
Our industry [classic music] has kind of retarded into this kind of endless cover-producing thing, and it’s a pity.
Esa-Pekka Salonen
We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nor did I need anyone’s pity, but I would accept it with grace, because I have been well trained. Rudeness was a sign of weakness. Grace stemmed from power, the powere to accept anything and move on.
Robin Wasserman
The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.
Jonathan Kozol
When I see a cow, it is not an animal to eat, it is a poem of pity for me and I worship it and I shall defend its worship against the whole world.
Mahatma Gandhi
Britain is no longer one of the world’s price setters. It is painful. It is a challenge to us in government to explain all that, and it is a pity that the political class is not preparing the public for it to understand how massive the problem is.
Vince Cable
The entire world would perish, if pity were not to limit anger.
Seneca the Younger
It will be a pity if women in the more conventional mould are to be phased out, for there will never be anyone to go home to.
Anita Brookner
kissing someone out of pity is always a mistake.
Barbara Mertz
It is a pity he did not write in pencil. As you have no doubt frequently observed, the impression usually goes through — a fact which has dissolved many a happy marriage.
Arthur Conan Doyle
As there were no black Founding Fathers, there were no founding mothers – a great pity, on both counts.
Shirley Chisholm
Self pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.
John Gardner
Christianity is called the religion of pity.
Friedrich Nietzsche
There is nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. … Time, self-pity, apathy, bitterness, and exhaustion can take the Christmas out of the child, but you cannot take the child out of Christmas.
Erma Bombeck
From whence comes it that a cripple in body does not irritate us, and that a crippled mind enrages us? It is because a cripple sees that we go right, and a distorted mind says that it is we who go astray. But for that we should have more pity and less rage.
Blaise Pascal
Women are very intelligent and not appreciated. We try to pretend that we are not clever, and it’s such a pity that we can’t show how clever we are.
Yoko Ono
Compliments make me vain: & when I am vain, I am insolent & overbearing. It is a pity, too, because I love compliments. I love them even when they are not so. My child, I can live on a good compliment two weeks with nothing else to eat.
Mark Twain
Make clear that people understand what your circumstances are. And looking for pity – that’s a mistake.
Randy Pausch
Many years ago, when I was once saying sadly to Max it was a pity I couldn’t have taken up archaeology when I was a girl, so as to be more knowledgeable on the subject, he said, ‘Don’t you realize that at this moment you know more about prehistoric pottery than any woman in England?’
Agatha Christie
Wisdom must go with Sympathy, else the emotions will become maudlin and pity may be wasted on a poodle instead of a child-on a field-mouse instead of a human soul.
Elbert Hubbard
You’re an enemy of art and I pity your ignorance,” Domingo said.
William Goldman
You’re an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot.
Stanley Kubrick
I think it is a pity to lose the romantic side of flying and simply to accept it as a common means of transport, although that end is what we have all ostensibly been striving to attain.
Amy Johnson
More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.
George Eliot
There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
John Keats
It was quite life-affirming, for me, that I felt hat kind of pity for [Margaret Thatcher], because I didn’t think I ever would.
Irvine Welsh
Gratitude is a dialysis of sorts… it flushes the self-pity out of our systems.
Max Lucado
Take a drink because you pity yourself, and then the drink pities you and has a drink, and then two good drinks get together and that calls for drinks all around.
H. Beam Piper
I’ve often fantasized about visiting the Bahamian beach where Columbus first stumbled ashore in 1492. Sadly, no one knows where that beach is. In fact, no one’s even sure which island Columbus first encountered (there are three candidates). It’s a pity, a disappointment, and a lost revenue source for the Bahamians.
Seth Shostak
Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
Bryan Procter
Overcome any bitterness that may have come because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain entrusted to you. Like the mother of the world who carries the pain of the world in her heart, you are sharing in a certain measure of that cosmic pain, and are called upon to meet it in joy instead of self pity.
Vilayat Inayat Khan
As the pain that can be told is but half a pain, so the pity that questions has little healing in its touch.
Edith Wharton
How I loathe the servitude people try to hold up to me as being so valuable. I pity the man who is condemned to it, who cannot generally escape it, but it is not the burden of his labor that disposes me in his favor, it is – it can only be – the vigor of his protest against it.
Andre Breton
I remember one time I tried to pity this fool. He told me his name was Jeff. He was married. He pulled out his wallet and showed me three pictures of his kids; Kelly, Robert, Brittany. Real cute kids. Don’t get too close man. It’s hard to pity a fool if you get too close.
Mr. T
Gracefulness cannot subsist without ease; delicacy is not debility; nor must a woman be sick in order to please. Infirmity, and sickness may excite our pity, but desire and pleasure require the bloom and vigor of health.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
An infallible characteristic of meanness is cruelty. Men who have practiced tortures on animals without pity, relating them without shame, how can they still hold their heads among human beings?
Samuel Johnson
God will not pity them, but “laugh at their calamity.” The blessed company in heaven shall rejoice in the execution of God’s righteous judgment, and sing while the smoke riseth up for ever.
Thomas Boston
We are all born sexual creatures,thank God, but it’s a pity so many people despise and crush this natural gift.
Marilyn Monroe
Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear.
Joan Halifax
Are we not to pity and supply the poor, though they have no relation to us? No relation? That cannot be. The Gospel styles them all our brethren.
Thomas Sprat
When I hear a man applauded by the mob I always feel a pang of pity for him. All he has to do to be hissed is to live long enough.
H. L. Mencken
I had to work in one of the most beautiful ski resorts in the world for almost three weeks. Pity me.
David Duchovny
What pity that Religion and Love, which heighten our relish for the things of both worlds, should ever run the human heart into enthusiasm, superstition, or uncharitableness!
Samuel Richardson
I pity the people who don’t like to read, because then they spend their whole lives stuck in this one world and don’t get to discover any others.
Richard Denney
I think it’s a pity for him that my father didn’t have the pleasure of seeing me grow up. I think he missed out on something. But it doesn’t matter. It’s boring. I don’t have any anger about it.
Claude Picasso
Care and pity are two different things.
Vince Staples
It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one’s youth.
Vincent Van Gogh
Self-pity dries up our sympathy for others.
Mason Cooley
One day, I just thought, if you see a bird with a broken leg, you really have the urge to do something about it and help the bird, then at the same time you go to a restaurant and eat a chicken or something. It doesn’t make any sense.
Patrik Baboumian
I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process.
Benjamin Harrison
The reaction that a ruthless dictator sets up in us either that of awe or pity according respectively as we react to him violently on nonviolently.
Mahatma Gandhi
O thou who art able to write a book which once in the two centuries or oftener there is a man gifted to do, envy not him whom they name city-builder, and inexpressibly pity him whom they name conqueror or city-burner.
Thomas Carlyle
It’s time to blow out the candles on the pity party cake.
Louie Giglio
Suffering… We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Anatole France
‘Tis very great pity that they who are so apt to over-rate themselves in smaller matters, shou’d, where it most concerns them to know, and stand upon their Value, be so insensible of their own worth.
Mary Astell
Grief and disappointment are like hate: they make men ugly with self-pity and bitterness. And how selfish they make us too.
Graham Greene
The army slew a thousand and showed little pity The king ordered fealty from the conquered city The prince charmed its people with words wise and witty And the queen sat on a couch, looking very pretty
Shannon Hale
Selfishness is one of the more common faces of pride. ‘How everything affects me’ is the center of all that matters-self-conceit, self-pity, worldly self-fulfillment, self-gratification, and self-seeking.
Ezra Taft Benson
Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Jesus Christ; rest your weary ones; bless your dying ones; soothe your suffering ones; pity your afflicted ones; shield your joyous ones; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.
Saint Augustine
Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon.
Andre Gide
Mercy, pity, and peace, Are the world’s release.
William Blake
I was wrong to grow older. Pity. I was so happy as a child.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
too great pity is the greatest cruelty.
St. Catherine of Siena
A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself . . . with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish its catharsis of such emotions.
Not hear it? –yes, I hear it, and have heard it. Long –long –long –many minutes, many hours, many days, have I heard it –yet I dared not –oh, pity me, miserable wretch that I am! –I dared not –I dared not speak! We have put her living in the tomb!
Edgar Allan Poe
Tears have a better character cried alone. Pity can sometimes be more wolf than dog.
Sebastian Barry
The unfortunate do not pity the unfortunate.
Josh Billings
God pity the poor novelist.
Steven Millhauser
Self-pity gets you nowhere. But insight to see that something can be done with the second-bests and adventurous daring to try might be a handle to take hold of.
Harry Emerson Fosdick
The one good thing about our school was the Cadets; I chose to be in the Navy, purely for the sailor’s outfit. A pity we had to give them back.
David Walliams
Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow. Awareness of others is a healthy antidote to this self-focus.
Kevin Malarkey
Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.
J. K. Rowling
DO you know how people who have nothing delude themselves? You believe that there are things like truth and pity. There aren’t such things. Do you still not know? Love or righteousness… strong people are the ones who can’t protect those things.
Kim Do-hoon
Death is a mighty mediator. There all the flames of rage are extinguished, hatred is appeased, and angelic pity, like a weeping sister, bends with gentle and close embrace over the funeral urn.
Friedrich Schiller
Whoever will not love his enemies cannot know the Lord and the sweetness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us to love our enemies in such way that we pity their souls as if they were our own children.
Silouan the Athonite
Self pity is of the devil, and if I wallow in it, I cannot be used by God for his purpose in the world.
Oswald Chambers
A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Some men make gain a fountain, whence proceeds
A stream of liberal and heroic deeds;
The swell of pity, not to be confined
Within the scanty limits of the mind.
William Cowper
I think it’s a pity that in many people’s minds constitutional reform and PR have come to mean much the same thing.
Ferdinand Mount
Between richer and poorer classes in a free country a mutually respecting antagonism is much healthier than pity on the one hand and dependence on the other, as is, perhaps, the next best thing to fraternal feeling.
Charles Horton Cooley
A man may acquire a taste for wine or brandy, and so lose his love for water, but should we not pity him.
Henry David Thoreau
When the severity of the law is to be softened, let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
Miguel de Cervantes
There did he sit shrivelled in his chimney corner, fretting on account of his weak legs, world weary, will weary, and one day he suffocated through his excessive pity.
Friedrich Nietzsche
In regard to the colored people, there is always more that is benevolent, I perceive, than just, manifested towards us. What I ask for the negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy,
but simply justice.
Frederick Douglass
Never, ever, let anyone tell you what you can and can’t do. Prove the cynics wrong. Pity them for they have no imagination. The sky’s the limit. Your sky. Your limit. Now. Let’s dance.
Tom Hiddleston
I keep remembering — I keep remembering. My heart has no pity on me.
Henri Barbusse
I pity people who do not care for Society. They are poorer for the oblation they do not make.
Elizabeth Bowen
Tell me I’m a sinner I got news for you I spoke to God this morning and he don’t like you! Don’t you try and teach me no original sin; I don’t need your pity for the shape I’m in
Ozzy Osbourne
What a pity that ‘nothingness’ has been devalued by an abuse of it made by philosophers unworthy of it!
Emile M. Cioran
Your life, my life, the life of each one of us is going to serve as either a warning or an example. A warning of the consequences of neglect, self-pity, lack of direction and ambition… or an example of talent put to use, of discipline self-imposed, and of objectives clearly perceived and intensely pursued.
Jim Rohn
New York City gritty committee pity the fool that act shitty in the midst of the calm, the witty.
Pharoahe Monch
Mercy, Pity, Peace
Is the world’s release.
William Blake
Our lives are awkward and fragile and we have only one thing to keep us sane: pity, and the man without pity is mad.
Edward Bond
Although I’ve played a wide variety of roles, I’ve never had the chance to act in a story written specially for me. It’s a pity as they are the only stories that really let you reveal your personality.
Grace Kelly
Tear-falling pity dwells not in this eye.
William Shakespeare
We pity or condemn the communist peoples of the world for being bound in the chains of doctrine. So are we. Our doctrine runs as follows: Our Way is the Only Way.
Marya Mannes
Bankers are lynxes. To expect any gratitude from them is equivalent to attempting to move the wolves of the Ukraine to pity in the middle of winter.
Honore de Balzac
If we lacked curiosity, we should do less for the good of our neighbor. But, under the name of duty or pity, curiosity steals into the home of the unhappy and the needy. Perhaps even in the famous mother-love there is a good deal of curiosity.
Friedrich Nietzsche
It’s a pity I flew only once. A space flight is like a drug – once you experience it, you can’t think of anything else.
Gherman Titov
But what are pity, conscience, or fear To the brazen pair, compared With the living sorcery Of their hot embraces?
Boris Pasternak
You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity and the sour sound of whining.
Og Mandino
Pity can purge us of hostility and arouse feelings of identification with the characters, but it can also be a consoling reassurance which leads us to believe that we have understood, and that, in pitying, we have even done something to right a wrong.
Richard Wright
It would be a pity if, frustrated by the price of travel, we elected to become a society that never made contact, that never gave SETI a fair chance.
Barney Oliver
A typical master. Right to the end, he didn’t give me a chance to get a word in edgeways. Which is a pity, because at that last moment I’d have liked to tell him what I thought of him. Mind you, since in that split second we were, to all intents and purposes, one and the same, I rather think he knew anyway.
Jonathan Stroud
At times, I pity my comedian image. People start laughing seeing me even in funeral processions.
Johnny Lever
Rapacity plus taste is a formidable combination, since it so often passes for intelligence. One pities the artist in a world of such predators, all of whom are deeply engaged in the arts too.
Gilbert Sorrentino
Swearing’s my release. It’s the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity.
Andrea Pirlo
I had a lot of pity for myself. But I could concentrate more on my studies as a result.
Phan Thi Kim Phuc
Praise will lead you to vanity, and blame will lead you to self-pity, and both are bad for writers.
John Berryman
A man can gasp out his life beside you-and you feel none of it. Pity, Sympathy, sure-but you don’t feel the pain. Your belly is whole and that’s what counts. A half-yard away someone’s world is snuffled out in roaring agony-and you feel nothing. That’s the misery of the world.
Erich Maria Remarque
I do not love thee less for what is done,
And cannot be undone. Thy very weakness
Hath brought thee nearer to me, and henceforth
My love will have a sense of pity in it,
Making it less a worship than before.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I’m going to do my thing and if you react a certain way – with pity or with anger – that’s up to you.
Jennifer Lawrence
remember the golden apple-trees; O, do not pity them, as you watch them drop one by one, for they fall exhausted, numb, blind but in certain ecstasy, for theirs is the hunger for Paradise.
Hilda Doolittle
Optimism has always seemed to me the cunning alibi of egoists, anxious to cover up their state of chronic self-satisfaction. They are optimists in order to avoid pitying other men and their misfortune. ~~ Yet pity is a vexed question.
Georges Bernanos
… we have been warned by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself … There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
The path of love has many opponents – fear, self-pity, anxiety, hate, lust, greed, avarice – all the usual freinds.
Frederick Lenz
Do not scorn pity that is the gift of a gentle heart, Г‰owyn!
J. R. R. Tolkien
Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains, Winning from Reason’s hand the reins, Pity and woe! for such a mind Is soft contemplative, and kind.
Walter Scott
Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Pity may represent little more than the impersonal concern which prompts the mailing of a check, but true sympathy is the personal concern which demands the giving of one’s soul.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Pity makes a thin drink, indeed.
Caroline Pafford Miller
Youth, what a pity to waste it on the young.
George Bernard Shaw
For the last six or seven years the circus has no longer been in fashion. That is a pity. One should go to the circus, beyond any question of fashion, at least one or two times a year-I am not speaking here to the real enthusiasts, they know better than I what they have to do.
Adrienne Monnier
Faith is powerful enough to immunize people against all appeals to pity, to forgiveness, to decent human feelings. It even immunizes them against fear, if they honestly believe that a martyr’s death will send them straight to heaven.
Richard Dawkins
Self-pity” is just sadness, I think, in the pejorative.
Renata Adler
Ah, there is nothing more beautiful than the difference between the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a holy being, and the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a self-righteous being. The one is all contempt; the other, all pity.
Alexander MacLaren
There’s a shortage of perfects breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.
Cary Elwes
Through heaven and earth
God’s will moves freely, and I follow it,
As color follows light. He overflows
The firmamental walls with deity,
Therefore with love; His lightnings go abroad,
His pity may do so, His angels must,
Whene’er He gives them charges.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
And it’s a pity too that I’ve no right to open your letters. I hope you don’t get many, or my conscience will give me no peace.
Diana Wynne Jones
Sweat has the power to end a pity party in such a way that even the hostess is happy.
Kristin Armstrong
We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected.
Henry David Thoreau
I remember thinking, without pride of self-pity, that I was not rich or poor, that I wasn’t good or bad. But that was difficult: to be neither good nor bad. It seemed to me, in the end, the same as being bad.
Alejandro Zambra
Above all I am not concerned with Poetry. My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
Wilfred Owen
But remember please, the Law by which we live, we are not built to comprehend a lie, we can neither love nor pity nor forgive. If you make a slip in handling us you die.
Rudyard Kipling