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.