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 (1631 - 1700)
Source: Absalom and Achitophel. Part i. Line 723
Contributed by: Zaady
What a pity that so many people rather believe their doubts And doubt their beliefs. . . Why don't we just decide to have no doubts, And believe your beliefs! Fear and worry is just the mis-use of the creative powers We originally got to dream.
Those who do not complain are never pitied.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)
Source: Pride & Prejudice, 1813.
Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.
His heart kep' goin' pity-pat, But hern went pity-Zekle.
James Lowell (1819 - 1891)
Source: Second Series. The Courtin'.
Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever.
James Agate (1877 - 1947)
Source: "A Charwoman's Epitaph," in Ego, 14 March 1933.
Heaven hears and pities hapless men like me, For sacred ev'n to gods is misery.
Homer (c. 850 BC -)
Source: The Odyssey, Book v, Line 572
It is better to be envied than pitied.
Herodotus (485 - 425 BC)
Source: The Histories of Herodotus
Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anyone else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard taskmaster to yourself -- and be lenient with everybody else.
Henry Ward Beecher (1813 - 1887)
Pity the man who has a character to support - it is worse than a large family - he is silent poor indeed.
Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
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