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





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)


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


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


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


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)


To hear complaints is wearisome to the wretched and the happy alike.


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


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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