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Pity Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Pity

Please enjoy these Pity Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

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

Small people never learn to be indifferent;
they either envy or pity.
- Anonymous

Self-pity in its early stages
is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
- Maya Angelou

 

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.
- Jimmy Yen

Never be stopped by fear or self-pity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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.
- St. Francis of Assisi

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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.

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

Moon!
Moon!
I am prone before you.
Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.
- Amy Lowell

Let no one underestimate the need of pity.
We live in a stony universe whose hard,
brilliant forces rage fiercely.
- Theodore Dreiser

Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
- Stephen Vincent Benet

It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.
- W. Somerset Maugham

My subject is War, and the pity of War.
The Poetry is in the pity.
- Wilfred Owen

There's a shortage of perfects breasts in this world.
It would be a pity to damage yours.
- Cary Elwes

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

Oh, how sweet it is to pity the fate of an enemy who
can no longer threaten us!
- Pierre Corneille

When I go out there, I have no pity on my brother.
I'm out there to win.
- Joe Frazier

The thing should have plot and character,
beginning, middle and end.
Arouse pity and then have a catharsis.
Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
- Anne Rice

Sensual excess drives out pity in man.
- Marquis de Sade

I never knew whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

All those who offer an opinion on any doubtful point
should first clear their minds of every sentiment of dislike,
friendship, anger or pity.
- Sallust

Pity is the deadliest feeling that can be offered to a woman.
- Vicki Baum

What a pity, when Christopher Columbus discovered America,
that he ever mentioned it.
- Margot Asquith

To pity distress is but human; to relieve it is Godlike.
- Horace Mann

Love and pity and wish well to every soul in the world;
dwell in love,
and then you dwell in God.
- William Law

When the severity of the law is to be softened,
let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
- Miguel de Cervantes

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

Who among us has the strength to oppose petty egoism,
those petty good feelings, pity and remorse?
- Ivan Turgenev

You're an idealist, and I pity you as I would the village idiot.
- Stanley Kubrick

She knows as well as anyone that pity,
having played, soon tires.
- Edwin A. Robinson

We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
- Barry Cornwall

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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

That sort of half sigh, which, accompanied by two or
three slight nods of the head,
is pity's small change in general society.
- Charles Dickens

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

All who consult on doubtful matters,
should be void of hatred,
friendship, anger, and pity.
- Sallust

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

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

What a pity it is that we have no amusements in England but vice and religion!
- Sydney Smith

The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state;
infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies;
and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery.
- David Brainerd

I understand how hard it is to talk to people about MS.
You don't want pity or random advice.
- Teri Garr

It is a pity that my collection of trophies contains not a single Russian.
- Manfred von Richthofen

What pity is it That we can die, but once to serve our country.
- Joseph Addison

Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a
cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!
- Jerry Lewis

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

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

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 sea has neither meaning nor pity.
- Anton Chekhov

I just had to plod along without having any teaching,
which was a pity.
- Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

I used to think it a pity that her mother rather than
she had not thought of birth control.
- Muriel Spark

The fool within himself is the object of pity,
until he is flattered.
- Richard Steele

Beloved, till life can charm no more;
And mourned,
till Pity's self be dead.
- William Collins

Only those who spread treachery, fire,
and death out of hatred for the prosperity of others are undeserving of pity.
- Jose Marti

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 only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul,
angry or gentle.
Anger is just, and pity is just, but judgement is never just.
- David Herbert Lawrence

Anger and hate against one we love steels our hearts,
but contempt or pity leaves us silent and ashamed.
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

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

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.
- William Butler Yeats

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

A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
- Arthur Helps

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

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

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

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

Reform is born of need, not pity.
- Rebecca H. Davis

It is easy to condemn, it is better to pity.
- Lyman Abbott

You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished.
To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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


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