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

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

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

Jane Austen (1775-1817) English novelist.

Pity cost nothing and ain't worth nothing.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

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

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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

Marcus Tulius Cicero (106-43 BC) Writer, politician and great roman orator.


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

George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

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.

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

André Maurois (1885-1967) French writer.

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