An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Pity makes the world soft to the weak and noble to the strong.


Edwin Arnold (1832-1904, British poet, journalist)


Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.


Jane Austen (1775-1817, British novelist)


Suffering isn't ennobling, recovery is.


Christian N. Barnard


You can overcome anything if you don't bellyache.


Bernard M. Baruch (1870-1965, American financier)


Pity cost nothing and isn't worth nothing.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


A tear dries quickly when it is shed for troubles of others.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Pity is a thing often vowed, seldom felt; hatred is a thing often felt, seldom avowed.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Optimism and self-pity are the positive and negative poles of modern cowardice.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


More helpful than all wisdom is one draught of simple human pity that will not forsake us.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the terrible squirrel cage of self.


Millicent Fenwick


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 (1867-1933, British novelist, playwright)


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 W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


If you believe, then you hang on. If you believe, it means you've got imagination, you don't need stuff thrown out on a blueprint, and don't face facts -- what can stop you? If I don't make it today, I'll come in tomorrow


Ruth Gordon


Don't tell me that you're pitiful because you're homeless. You just need some help; ain't nothing pitiful about that.


(Sweet) Alice Harris


The cure for grief is motion.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The cure for grief is motion.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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 (1709-1784, British author)


When any fit of gloominess, or perversion of mind, lays hold upon you, make it a rule not to publish it by complaints.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


When you find yourself overpowered, as it were, by melancholy, the best way is to go out and do something.


John Keble (1792-1866, British Anglican clergyman, poet)


Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Of all the infirmities we have, the most savage is to despise our being.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


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. We help others so that on like occasions we may be helped ourselves; and these services that we render are in reality benefits we confer on ourselves by anticipation.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Never allow your own sorrow to absorb you, but seek out another to console, and you will find consolation.


J. C. Macaulay


Despair is the absolute extreme of self-love. It is reached when a man deliberately turns his back on all help from anyone else in order to taste the rotten luxury of knowing himself to be lost.


Thomas Merton (1915-1968, American religious writer, poet)


Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


There are more serious problems in life than financial ones, and I've had a lot of those. I've been broke before, and will be again. Heartbroke? That's serious. Lose a few bucks? That's not.


Willie Nelson


Everyone thinks his own burden is heavy.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


If the secret sorrows of everyone could be read on their forehead, how many who now cause envy would suddenly become the objects of pity.


Italian Proverb (Sayings of Italian origin)


There are few human emotions as warm, comforting, and enveloping as self-pity. And nothing is more corrosive and destructive. There is only one answer; turn away from it and move on.


Dr. Megan Reik


To feel sorry for oneself is one of the most disintegrating things the individual can do to himself.


Winifred Rhoades


Pity is treason.


Maximilien Robespierre (1758-1794, French revolutionary leader)


Pity is for living, envy is for dead.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


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 (1740-1814, French author)


Sometimes I go about in pity for myself, and all the while a great wind is bearing me across the sky.


Ojibwa Saying


Soft pity enters an iron gate.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.


Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816, Anglo-Irish dramatist)


Never give way to melancholy; resist it steadily, for the habit will encroach.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


To love with the spirit is to pity, and he who pities most loves most.


Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)


Self-pity is one of the most dangerous forms of self-centeredness. It fogs our vision.


Author Unknown


What poison is to food, self-pity is to life.


Oliver C. Wilson


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