Best Quotes About Pity

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

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

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. -Francis of Assisi

Often it does seem such a pity that Noah and his party did not miss the boat. -Mark Twain

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

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

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

To be loved at first sight, a man should have at the same time something to respect and something to pity in his face. -Stendhal

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

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

Consequences are unpitying. -George Eliot

Where mercy, love, and pity dwell, there God is dwelling too. -William Blake

If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

The Internet is a telephone system that's gotten uppity. -Clifford Stoll

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

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

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 usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity. -Samuel Johnson

I pity the French Cinema because it has no money. I pity the American Cinema because it has no ideas. -Jean-Luc Godard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Old hands soil, it seems, whatever they caress, but they too have their beauty when they are joined in prayer. Young hands were made for caresses and the sheathing of love. It is a pity to make them join too soon. -Andre Gide

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues. -Anatole France

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify – so that among these human creatures there is continually some birth of new heroism. The pity is that we must wonder at it, as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish. -John Keats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos. -Manly Hall

Ice-cream is exquisite – what a pity it isn't illegal. -Voltaire

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

Between richer and poorer classes in a free country a mutually respecting antagonism is much healthier than pity on the one hand and dependence on the other, as is, perhaps, the next best thing to fraternal feeling. -Charles Horton Cooley

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

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

Santa is our culture's only mythic figure truly believed in by a large percentage of the population. It's a fact that most of the true believers are under eight years old, and that's a pity. -Chris Van Allsburg

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

We need to suffer, that we may learn to pity. -Letitia Elizabeth Landon

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

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

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

I'm really convinced that our descendants a century or two from now will look back at us with the same pity that we have toward the people in the field of science two centuries ago. -John Templeton

It wasn't until we got over the self pity that we were able to accept suffering as apart of our life with Christ. A man or woman reaches this plane only when he or she ceases to be the hero. -Corazon Aquino

Synergy and serendipity often play a big part in medical and scientific advances. -Julie Bishop

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

It has always seemed to me a pity that the young people of our generation should grow up with such scant knowledge of Greek and Latin literature, its wealth and variety, its freshness and its imperishable quality. -James Loeb

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

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

If it weren't the problem of politics for me, it would be another. And yet, sometimes it's so difficult. And I feel sorry for myself. And then hate myself for this feeling of self-pity. -Julie Nixon Eisenhower

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

I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I've ever done it. -Gabriel Byrne

Politics is so much about serendipity that we've got to have a bigger pool of women, so that when people drop out of the process, you've got others to turn to. -Eleanor Clift

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

I learnt pity, sympathy, and what it was like to be at the other end of the stick. Such lessons can't be learnt in lecture halls. -Lionel Blue

I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive. -Patty Duke

I think it's a pity that in many people's minds constitutional reform and PR have come to mean much the same thing. -Ferdinand Mount

We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course and the end cannot be far. It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. For God's sake, look after our people. -Robert Falcon Scott

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

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

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

As a boy I used to go to the Chamber of Horrors at the annual fair, to look at the wax figures of Emperors and Kings, of heroes and murderers of the day. The dead now had that same unreality, which shocks without arousing pity. -Ernst Toller

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

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 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

A lot of it just has to do with luck, serendipity. -Emanuel Ax

It's a pity that I can never really enjoy my movies because, after the mixing, your capacity as a spectator just disappears. I have to think about what I felt just before the mixing. -Pedro Almodovar

People have always found me challenging – I don't know why, when I am only being myself. I don't understand why they find me so annoying but they do. It is pity, but that is how it is. -Ian Hamilton Finlay

I try, and I think I succeed, in making my readers feel pity for my psychopaths, because I do. -Ruth Rendell

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

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

The sea has neither meaning nor pity. -Anton Chekhov

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

What a pity human beings can't exchange problems. Everyone knows exactly how to solve the other fellow's. -Olin Miller

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one's self through the eyes of others, of measuring one's soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity. -W. E. B. Du Bois

Language is a cracked kettle on which we beat out tunes for bears to dance to, while all the time we long to move the stars to pity. -Gustave Flaubert

In reality, serendipity accounts for one percent of the blessings we receive in life, work and love. The other 99 percent is due to our efforts. -Peter McWilliams

Cruelty is softened by fear, not pity. -Mason Cooley

There is no need to waste pity on young girls who are having their moments of disillusionment, for in another moment they will recover their illusion. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a mistake to confuse pity with love. -Stanley Kubrick

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

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

It is a great pity but tis certain from every day's observation of man, that he may be set on fire like a candle, at either end provided there is a sufficient wick standing out. -Laurence Sterne

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

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

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

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

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. -D. H. Lawrence

Don't pity me now, don't pity me never; I'm going to do nothing for ever and ever. -James Agate

There is a fine line between serendipity and stalking. -David Coleman

'Tis very great pity that they who are so apt to over-rate themselves in smaller matters, shou'd, where it most concerns them to know, and stand upon their Value, be so insensible of their own worth. -Mary Astell

Politics is a lot of serendipity. You're in the right place and the right time and you've got the right message, and it either connects for you or, or it doesn't. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

Let others either envy or pity me; I care not, so long as I enjoy myself. -Joseph Hall

While I have always, felt like an outsider, it's because of the professional choices I have made, so it's not like I am planning to throw myself a giant pity party. -Anna Paquin

Most of the time nothing much is required of directors, which is a pity. -Asia Argento

It's a pity that the tennis is really going down the drain. Every year it's getting worse and worse and worse. There has to be a radical change, and I hope it will be really soon. -Marat Safin

I am focused on what needs to be done for the people of Israel. Period. I do not pity myself and I do not pat myself on the shoulder. I get up in the morning full of energy to fulfill my mission. -Ehud Olmert

The thought of eating rabbit and squirrels doesn't appeal to me. And that was on our table quite often as a kid. In your uppity restaurants, they serve a lot of rabbit. But I just can't help but think of Peter. And deer, I can't go there, because of Bambi. -Paula Deen

The one good thing about our school was the Cadets; I chose to be in the Navy, purely for the sailor's outfit. A pity we had to give them back. -David Walliams

I paint digitally now. A pity, in some ways, as the biggest price one pays is that you no longer have a finished piece of physical art to hang on a wall. I miss that terribly. -Berkeley Breathed

Innovation is serendipity, so you don't know what people will make. -Tim Berners-Lee

Our human compassion binds us the one to the other – not in pity or patronizingly, but as human beings who have learnt how to turn our common suffering into hope for the future. -Nelson Mandela

There'll always be serendipity involved in discovery. -Jeff Bezos

You know being relevant or coming up with something interesting, funny to say about what's current is just as hard as it might ever be depending on the serendipity of it all. -Lily Tomlin

I'm a fairly tormented artist, and I'm less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting. -Dave Matthews

In the inner city, there's a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life. No more pity parties. I've gotta love me more than anybody else loves me. -Mary J. Blige

Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity. -Carrie Fisher

I developed a deep sadness for celebrities, a pity that they often are caught in a plastic world that runs too hard and too fast, and that many times that world means destroyed relationships with everyone they know and love. -Karen Kingsbury

Do I have my days when I've thrown a little pity party for myself? Absolutely. -Jennifer Aniston

Britain is no longer one of the world's price setters. It is painful. It is a challenge to us in government to explain all that, and it is a pity that the political class is not preparing the public for it to understand how massive the problem is. -Vince Cable

Compassion doesn't, of course, mean feeling sorry for people, or pity, which is how the word has become emasculated in a way. -Karen Armstrong

Absolute certainty is not something I strive for anymore. I've learned the hard way that destiny usually looks upon our most strident convictions with amusement, or perhaps even pity. -Elizabeth Gilbert

I always get a little uppity when I hear the phrase 'TV actor.' It's like saying you're a magazine reporter. I was in the theater for ten years before I ever had a TV audition. -Eric McCormack

College athletics are so entrenched and enjoyed by so many people that they will never be discontinued or substantially changed. I know that. I just pity the people caught in that tender trap. And most of all, I pity those kids. -Susan Orlean

It's a pity that if someone who has a really profoundly potent art to share chooses not to or doesn't fit into this very thin slice of what's desirable and marketable, chances are the public will never get a chance to hear what they're doing. -Esperanza Spalding

War continues to divide people, to change them forever, and I write about it both because I want people to understand the absolute futility of war, the 'pity of war' as Wilfred Owen called it. -Michael Morpurgo

There's great sadness and life doesn't work out like you would want, on a lot of levels, but there's no need to feel all alone. This happens to everybody, so there's no self-pity. This is the ride that humans are on, and all of it is essential for our natural part of it. -Mike Mills

I had the serendipity of modeling during a temporary interlude between Twiggy and Kate Moss, when it was actually okay for women to look as if we ate and enjoyed life. -Cybill Shepherd

I pity the young woman who will attempt to insinuate herself between my mama's boy and me. I sympathize with the monumental nature of her task. It will take a crowbar, two bulldozers and half a dozen Molotov cocktails to pry my Oedipus and me loose from one another. -Ayelet Waldman

What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open. -Jose Manuel Barroso

I believe, in general, that even people that are self-pitying, you can feel for them. -Mike White

I admit that I am hopelessly hooked on the printed newspaper. I love turning the pages and the serendipity of stumbling across a piece of irresistible information or a photograph that I wasn't necessarily intending to read. -Jill Abramson

It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

When I meet a girl, I just sort of do really over-exaggerated terrible dance moves… a lot of hip movements. I get them laughing, and get them to feel pity for me, and then they like me! -Nicholas D'Agosto

The craftless anarchy of the Beat poets on the one hand, and the extreme control of Henry James on the other, suggest that for most human beings, just as both freedom and discipline are necessary in life, serendipity and design must coexist in a work to make it readable. -Mark Helprin

I'm not looking for pity, I'm really not, but I'm constantly uneasy and every day it is pretty much like getting up and going to war. Once I shift into the mindset of 'Yeah, you're alive. It's tough. Let's do what we can today,' it's easier. -Marian Keyes

Fact is, inventing an innovative business model is often mostly a matter of serendipity. -Gary Hamel

When people discuss religion, it is a pity that they often become excited and argue. We should merely listen, as one does on a dark night; we should merely gaze at the stars. -Haniel Long

Most discoveries even today are a combination of serendipity and of searching. -Siddhartha Mukherjee

Serendipity always rewards the prepared. -Katori Hall

All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him. -Saint Basil

Men there have been who have done the essayist's part so well as to have earned an immortality in the doing; but we have had not many of them, and they make but a poor figure on our shelves. It is a pity that things should be thus with us, for a good essayist is the pleasantest companion imaginable. -William Ernest Henley

Crazy as it sounds, I'm a believer in destiny and serendipity, and I have had cosmic experiences all my life. Something told me I was meant for greater stuff. And look, I've had a baby! And I've written an opera! -Rufus Wainwright

Engineering serendipity is this idea that we can help people come across unexpected but helpful connections at a better than random rate. And in some ways it's based on trying to reassess this notion of serendipitous as lucky – to think of serendipitous as smart. -Ethan Zuckerman

Compassion has enemies, and those enemies are things like pity, moral outrage, fear. -Joan Halifax

When I was 26 or 27, I gave up journalism. I came to England after my mom died, to let serendipity take its course. And I just found myself back in journalism again. -Heather Brooke

I never wanted anyone's pity. -Jake Weber

Make clear that people understand what your circumstances are. And looking for pity – that's a mistake. -Randy Pausch

I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion. -Randy Pausch

If someone decides they're not going to be happy, it's not your problem. You don't have to spend your time and energy trying to cheer up someone who has already decided to stay in a bad mood. Believe it or not, you can actually hurt people by playing into their self-pity. -Joyce Meyer

I used to have a real problem with self-pity. Every time the devil would throw a pity party, I would attend. -Joyce Meyer

People who pity themselves think, 'Why would I try to do anything? I'll just fail.' -Joyce Meyer

Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make. -Eckhart Tolle

Self-pity is never useful. It tends to distort like a fun-house mirror. -Anne Roiphe

I drive an American car. It's a Chrysler. That's not an endorsement. It's more like a cry for pity. -Michael Moore

Women are very intelligent and not appreciated. We try to pretend that we are not clever, and it's such a pity that we can't show how clever we are. -Yoko Ono

I take the medication for myself so I can transact, not for anyone else. But I am aware that it is empowering for people to see what I do and, for the most part, people in the Parkinson's community are just really happy that Parkinson's is getting mentioned, and not in a pitying way. -Michael J. Fox

A lot of roles for people with disabilities are quite patronising. It's a real pity when they are just used to give dull PC kudos to a drama, or when they're wheeled on in a tokenistic way without any real involvement in the plot. -Mark Haddon

In life, you can blame a lot of people and you can wallow in self-pity, or you can pick yourself up and say, 'Listen, I have to be responsible for myself.' -Howard Schultz

The year 2100 will see eugenics universally established. In past ages, the law governing the survival of the fittest roughly weeded out the less desirable strains. Then man's new sense of pity began to interfere with the ruthless workings of nature. As a result, we continue to keep alive and to breed the unfit. -Nikola Tesla

Some of the greatest things, as I understand, they have come about by serendipity, the greatest discoveries. -Alan Alda

The English don't like concepts, really, not from a pop star. It's alright if they come from an 'intellectual,', but from a pop star you're getting ahead of yourself. Part of the class game is that you shouldn't rise above your station, and to start talking about concepts if you're in the pop world is getting a bit uppity, isn't it? -Brian Eno

Selfishness is one of the more common faces of pride. 'How everything affects me' is the center of all that matters – self-conceit, self-pity, worldly self-fulfillment, self-gratification, and self-seeking. -Ezra Taft Benson

I've always loved life, and I've never known what's ahead. I love not knowing what might be round the corner. I love serendipity. -Twiggy

Why do we cling to bigotry? Because bigotry, plainly, is convenient. It is a near-effortless way to both elevate one's stature and make a pity grab in this culture of victims that we have become. -John Ridley

I pity anybody who has to spend a day with me. -Marilyn Manson

The problem with pity parties is very few people come, and those who do don't bring presents. -Zig Ziglar

At one level, SXSW exemplifies serendipity, because whenever I come, I get these unexpected meetings with people I never knew existed, and you couldn't have planned it. But by making the choice to come to SXSW, I'm increasing the probability of those encounters. -John Hagel III

If you use it intelligently, Twitter can be a form of engineered serendipity. -Jason Silva

There's always going to be the circumstances you can't plan for. There's always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity. -Jason Silva

I love my black hair, but some imes I'd like to be blond, but I don't think it suits Asian girl… What a pity! -Ming Xi

I have never chosen my next job. I focus on what's in front of me, and serendipity steps in. -Susan Brooks

I don't have much positive to say about motor neuron disease, but it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I still could do. I'm happier now than before I developed the condition. -Stephen Hawking

It's a pity that nobody has found an exploding black hole. If they had, I would have won a Nobel prize. -Stephen Hawking

I've rarely met a miserable, self-pitying blind person. -Rosemary Mahoney

I had aspirations to do different things with my life. I wanted to play soccer. I wanted to be a lawyer. Serendipity. -Pete Wentz

You don't have to work for Google, or any of the other firms encouraging staff to pursue personal projects on company time, to use slowness to unlock your creativity. Anyone can do it. Start by clearing space in your schedule for rest, daydreaming and serendipity. Take breaks away from your desk, especially when you get stuck on a problem. -Carl Honore

I've often fantasized about visiting the Bahamian beach where Columbus first stumbled ashore in 1492. Sadly, no one knows where that beach is. In fact, no one's even sure which island Columbus first encountered (there are three candidates). It's a pity, a disappointment, and a lost revenue source for the Bahamians. -Seth Shostak

It takes a great deal of character strength to apologize quickly out of one's heart rather than out of pity. A person must possess himself and have a deep sense of security in fundamental principles and values in order to genuinely apologize. -Stephen Covey

In many cases, people who win a Nobel prize, their work slows down after that because of the distractions. Yes, fame is rewarding, but it's a pity if it keeps you from doing the work you are good at. -Charles H. Townes

I have always been good at auditioning, but maybe because I had a good trick at the beginning. I would pretend that my agent gave me the wrong scene or lines. They would take pity on me and hand me the right scene. I would act like I had never seen this before – and then do pretty well considering I had already rehearsed it. -James Marsden

Serendipity is nice, but hoping for luck and the magic of happenstance shouldn't be an excuse for a lack of proactivity. I had to learn for myself that waiting isn't a life plan. -Karen Finerman

As I obsess about my ancient problems, I feel more like I'm sinking in quicksand than lighting a torch. I'm creating neither heat nor light, just the icky, perversely pleasurable squish of self-pity between my toes. My only defense is that I'm not the only one down here in the muck – our whole culture is doting on tales of personal tragedy. -Martha Beck

Self-pity, a dominant characteristic of sociopaths, is also the characteristic that differentiates heroic storytelling from psychological rumination. When you talk about your experiences to shed light, you may feel wrenching pain, grief, anger, or shame. Your audience may pity you, but not because you want them to. -Martha Beck

When I was being brought up, we weren't allowed to wallow in self-pity, which was a thoroughly good thing. We were all fine and healthy because that was what we were told to be. -Maeve Binchy

In fiction, imaginary people become realer to us than any named celebrity glimpsed in a series of rumored events, whose causes and subtler ramifications must remain in the dark. An invented figure like Anna Karenina or Emma Bovary emerges fully into the light of understanding, which brings with it identification, sympathy and pity. -John Updike

You do small movies because the script is good and because you believe in the director. You don't care about the money. And when they disappear, it's a pity. -Stephen Rea

If you decide you want to change your life around, it doesn't matter where you came from, what you did, if you were incarcerated or you are from the projects, if you are an uppity kid who came from a really wealthy family – and all of them do drugs and are into that life – it doesn't matter; come as you are, and God does his work. -Adrienne Bailon

I always leave room for serendipity and chance. -Ken Stott

Most disability charity hinges on that notion – that you need to send your money in quick before all these poor, pitiful people die. Peddling pity brings in the bucks, yo. -Stella Young

We are a society that treats people with disabilities with condescension and pity, not dignity and respect. -Stella Young

I've never been heckled. I think because I look too small and vulnerable. Sometimes I look out into the audience and see pity in their eyes, so I guess those people may be the ones who would shout something out if they didn't feel so sorry for me. -Amy Hoggart

I don't have much positive to say about motor neurone disease. But it taught me not to pity myself because others were worse off, and to get on with what I could still do. -Stephen Hawking

Bobby Kennedy's conduct toward Lyndon Johnson was childish and despicable. As the years went on, he displayed nasty, self-pitying, and messianic qualities that would have made him a dangerously authoritarian president. -Thomas Mallon

As a reader, I have a very short attention span and a low tolerance for boredom, and I find that comes in handy with my writing. If I get bored writing something, I pity the people who will then try to read it. -John Scalzi

I would have a poet able bodied, fond of talking, a reader of the newspapers, capable of pity and laughter, informed in economics, appreciative of women, involved in personal relationships, actively interested in politics, susceptible to physical impressions. -Louis MacNeice

I met Gerhard Richter and Alighiero Boetti when I was a teenager, and I was really inspired by them. When Boetti died, I realized I only vaguely remembered so many things he told me. It was such a pity. Had I only recorded his voice, he would still be with me, and I could listen to it from time to time. -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

I naively thought I would quit television writing, move up to Seattle, my novel would come out, and then I'd have a novel writing career, and so I found myself really stuck in this very poisonous self-pitying state and felt like I'd never write again. And I blamed Seattle for that. -Maria Semple

If you're not careful, you can fall into a destructive cycle of self-pity. -Victoria Osteen

I do take pity on some of the people that have to work with me. -Graham Elliot

Melville locked himself away in his room for months while working on 'Moby Dick.' If I ever decide to write a novel, I hope someone will take pity on me and take me out to dinner instead. -Marge Simon

I never thought anyone would pity me because of my time in the Marine Corps. -Phil Klay

We need to empower all women, both financially and socially, to give them the tools to support themselves and their families. We need to start seeing them as contributors to society, as assets, not as objects of pity or, even worse, objects of shame. -Cherie Blair

George Eliot tenderly carried in her heart the burdens of our race. She looked through pity's tears upon the faults and frailties of mankind. -Robert Green Ingersoll

I admire writers who succeed at what I consider the first demand of art: that the artist vivisect himself without pity, without hesitation, determined to reveal whatever he might find. -Kathryn Harrison

Care and pity are two different things. -Vince Staples

The concept of serendipity often crops up in research. Serendipity is the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things that were not being sought. I believe that all researchers can be serendipitous. -Akira Suzuki

I had good care going. I had Meredith and the family. And I didn't want to become the object of some kind of pity, most of all. I didn't want to show up on the Internet, 'Tom Brokaw has cancer.' -Tom Brokaw

It's a pity I flew only once. A space flight is like a drug – once you experience it, you can't think of anything else. -Gherman Titov

The medicines of today are based upon thousands of years of knowledge accumulated from folklore, serendipity and scientific discovery. The new medicines of tomorrow will be based on the discoveries that are being made now, arising from basic research in laboratories around the world. -John Vane

I'd sometimes fly for 14 hours, then go straight to dialysis. I spent a little time being tired, but we managed. I'm not a pity-party person. -Natalie Cole

Armenian folklore has it that three apples fell from Heaven: one for the teller of a story, one for the listener, and the third for the one who 'took it to heart.' What a pity Heaven awarded no apple to the one who wrote the story down. -Nancy Willard

The more I draw and write, the more I realise that accidents are a necessary part of any creative act, much more so than logic or wisdom. Sometimes a mistake is the only way of arriving at an original concept, and the history of successful inventions is full of mishaps, serendipity and unintended results. -Shaun Tan

I pity Americans for their very bad fruits. Your 'mango' is cucumber. The only thing I really miss about Egypt is mangoes. -Bassem Youssef

Verdiana was the child of poor though well-born parents, and her knowledge of the sufferings of the poor from her own experience in early years made her ever full of pity for those in need. -Sabine Baring-Gould

The thing that makes writing so difficult is you don't have the element of serendipity. At least with a photograph, you can set up the camera, and something might happen. You might be a lousy photographer, but you can get a good picture if you just take enough of them. -Sally Mann

I think it's a great pity in the Anglophone world that we conflate cinema verite and Direct Cinema; they're, in fact, ontological opposites. In Direct Cinema, we create a fictional reality with characters and pretend we're not that. -Joshua Oppenheimer

I've been truly blessed. I've been a fly on the wall of history. I've been just so many lucky places just by chance and serendipity, and obviously a huge portion of that serendipity had to do with my relationship with the real president, Ronald Reagan. -Arthur Laffer

To Tennessee Williams we owe a special debt. In a tragic age, he has transformed loneliness by naming it for us, suffered sordidness with beauty, graced poor hurt lives with love and pity. -William Jay Smith

Our lack of forgiveness makes us hate, and our lack of compassion makes us hard-hearted. Pride in our hearts makes us resentful and keeps our memory in a constant whirlwind of passion and self-pity. -Mother Angelica

Self pity is the worst possible disease that can affect mankind. And if we do just the opposite, which is love, then we have God's feelings with us at all times. -Jon Huntsman, Sr.

We are used to thinking of Amazon myths in terms of violence against uppity women, but the ancient evidence also reveals a vision of gender equality. -Adrienne Mayor

It was less in pity than in anger that the world was moved by the photograph of little Alan Kurdi, that dead three-year-old Syrian refugee boy whose name we're all remembering now on the first anniversary of his drowning, along with his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehanna. -Terry Glavin

With a modest amount of looks and talent, and more than a modicum of serendipity, I've managed to stretch my 15 minutes of fame into 50 years of good fortune. -Robert Vaughn

I pity my brother Ferdinand, knowing by my own feelings how sad a thing it is to live apart from one's family. -Marie Antoinette

I wanted to avoid all that literary stuff. I didn't want the self pity of 'The Portrait,' all the moaning and the whingeing. I'm not knocking Joyce: we all owe him a debt. He's the one who made so much possible. -Frank McCourt

I didn't tell people because I didn't want pity, and I was afraid I wouldn't get work. But others with MS need to know they are not alone. We don't have to be victims. -Teri Garr

Being so doopity! It's awesome. And I think it's just one of the reasons that people should get hitched on with the WWE Network. It's more than just these network specials like 'WrestleMania' and like 'SummerSlam'. It's programming geared for the WWE universe. -John Cena

Sometimes when you miss out on points, it is a pity, it is a shame, because we tried to do everything in the game. -Pep Guardiola

There is an inalienable law. Whenever a character on screen pities himself, the audience stops pitying him. They will cry so long as the character doesn't. -David Seltzer

It's always a pity to lose or draw at the end of the game; it's always painful. -Henrikh Mkhitaryan

When I am in the ring, all I think about is knocking my opponent's head off, getting him out of there. Hurting him. Putting pain to him. I will have no mercy. I will have no pity. -Deontay Wilder

I suffer the mortification of seeing myself attacked right and left by people at home professing patriotism and love of country who never heard the whistle of a hostile bullet. I pity them and the nation dependent on such for its existence. I am thankful, however that, though such people make a great noise, the masses are not like them. -Ulysses S. Grant

My music isn't rappity-rap-rap-rap. -Travis Scott

I felt like a failure, like somehow my self-worth was tied to my ability to procreate. I didn't feel like I could talk about it. I did not want other people's pity, so I mostly kept my story and my feelings to myself. -Virginia Williams

I felt like I couldn't wallow in self-pity forever. I can't beat myself up forever. -James Arthur

Luke Cage isn't going to throw a pity party for himself. He literally says to himself, 'This is the world I'm in. These are the circumstances I have.' He's a self-made man. He's trying to continuously build, and that's what's interesting about him. He's a work in progress. -Mike Colter

I missed a whole cycle of childhood, but I've never used it as a device for self-pity. -James A. Michener

I pity the fool who just gives up. -Mr. T

If people are cool, then they are not stressed. I pity the fool that don't be cool. -Mr. T

I go down the street, people see me: 'Hey, I pity-' right on, man, that's a compliment to me. -Mr. T

You pity the fool because you don't want to beat up a fool! You know, pity is between sorry and mercy. See, if you pity him, you know, you won't have to beat him up. So that's why I say fools, you gotta give another chance because they don't know no better. That's why I pity them! -Mr. T

I always had acting work when I needed it. I think that is why, when I watch films or TV series in America, I find in small roles or in supporting roles really amazing faces, where I have the feeling these people have actually had a life outside of acting. I find it almost a pity that I've never done anything else. -Barbara Sukowa

When the Bible and the Gospels say that the victims should have been spared, they do not merely 'take pity' on them. They puncture the illusion of the unanimous victimization that foundational myths use as a crisis-solving and reordering device of human communities. -Rene Girard

It's a pity I have been stereotyped as a villain. -Radha Ravi

The letters and journals we leave behind and the impressions we have made on our contemporaries are the mere husk of the kernel of our essential life. When we die, the kernel is buried with us. This is the horror and pity of death and the reason for the inescapable triviality of biography. -Janet Malcolm

I know very well that to admit to loving Bright Eyes is to admit to having an overgrown brain region devoted to self-pity, sentimentality, regret, and a handful of other not very appealing emotional states. -Ben Dolnick

For pity's sake, if you don't take a shine to a novel, there are loads more in the world; read something else. Continue suffering, and it's not the author's fault. It's yours. -Lionel Shriver

Life's most underrated emotion is self-pity. -Lionel Shriver

My career has been a level of serendipity all along. I've never planned anything out more than a few years. All the places we lived – the 12, 13 countries – and the companies I worked for were a combination of circumstances. -Paul Polman

I spent a lot of time on recce. It is a kind of creative chaos, but I like the sense of creative serendipity. -Tony Harrison

Compassion does not just happen. Pity does, but compassion is not pity. It's not a feeling. Compassion is a viewpoint, a way of life, a perspective, a habit that becomes a discipline – and more than anything else, compassion is a choice we make that love is more important than comfort or convenience. -Glennon Doyle Melton

I think it's a pity for him that my father didn't have the pleasure of seeing me grow up. I think he missed out on something. But it doesn't matter. It's boring. I don't have any anger about it. -Claude Picasso

The very formal, beautiful, composed order that I make with paint and color is freighted with objects, but like leaves falling from a tree onto a lawnmower below, the edges of this 'thing' have a certain serendipity. -Jessica Stockholder

I would be lying if I said if I didn't miss out on what normal teenagers do, of course. But I don't need pity for that. -Jamie Lynn Spears

I always pity people who have to write my plot synopses. -Peter Carey

I'm a Latina from Miami. I pity you if you think you're going out-shout me. -Ana Navarro

It's still hard for me to think about Sept. 11 sometimes. I'm still angry. It's hard to watch my daughters, Celia and Zaya, grow up and know they'll never see their father. They'll always be 9/11 girls, and I wish I could shield them from that. Everyone has an immediate pity for them. It is a sad thing, but the girls are also so happy. -LaChanze

What's interesting to me is that people engage survivors from a place of pity all the time – a place of sympathy. -Tarana Burke

I've always had this incredible sense of urgency. I've always had this desire not to let things fester and to really seize the moment, because it's serendipity. -Sergio Marchionne

Please spare us the self-pity about how tough it is to look for a job while living with your parents. -Bret Stephens

When you're a musician, a lot of time people help you out; they take pity on you. Family members will kind of come around and are like, 'Listen, I bought you a bunch of groceries because I know that you're a screwup.' -Brian Fallon

I find it very strange when people say that they are trying to solve 'Uncle Vanya' or find a solution for 'Henry V.' Plays aren't puzzles. They are about playing. But so much theatre has become about performing and acting rather than playing, which is a great pity because audiences are captivated by watching people play. -Robert Lepage

When I wrote the lyrics, melodies, and the first themes of 'Serendipity,' I tried to come up with some rare things you find in life, something very special, like the calico, three-striped cat; things that have extraordinary meanings in people's lives. -RM

I'm mindful not to get too self-pitying or too revealing of my own pain. -Chrissie Hynde

Feeling sad or lonely isn't a bad thing. But those emotions increase the risk that you'll cross the line into self-pity. -Amy Morin

Establishing healthy habits – like eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, and participating in regular exercise – can also go a long way to improving how you feel. Similarly, getting rid of destructive mental habits, like engaging in self-pity or ruminating on the past, can also do wonders for your emotional well-being. -Amy Morin

Sometimes life drops blessings in your lap without your lifting a finger. Serendipity, they call it. -Charlton Heston

My husband often remarked what a pity it was that a great country like America, which in Europe is still regarded as such a young nation, should be represented seemingly only by old or infirm men. -Grace Kelly

It's a pity nobody believes in simple lust anymore. -Ava Gardner

If you think you're gonna have pity on me or take it easy on me, then I'm gonna have to help you off your back. -Shaquem Griffin

I was supposed to direct a film on Gautam Buddha. That didn't work out. A pity, because the entire script had been written. It was in English. -Manisha Koirala

This is this thing I harp on: Sometimes acting can be a self-defeating psychological enterprise if we feel like we're desperate, if we feel like we're beggars at the door, praying that someone will take pity on us and give us a job. It would be so much better to feel like we're tradesmen. -Michael Emerson

Swearing's my release. It's the one weapon I have to defend myself against destiny when it elects to strike without pity. -Andrea Pirlo

Any work that is born out of natural serendipity or reverts to simpler times is poignant for people – in any era. -Cai Guo-Qiang

Aging does not make women powerless objects of pity but colorful and entertaining individuals and, on occasion, fire-breathing dragons that wise people don't cross. -Florence King

I just like the word 'serendipity.' -Noah Centineo

You can't have self-pity. At some point, you have to say, 'These are the cards I've been dealt, and I'm going to play them.' -Bret Michaels

In the media, from the little bit that I have read… there's not a lot of pity. There are some people, usually older people who have been around or people who really know basketball. Other people in the media are usually like, 'Well, stop getting injured.' You know, like I can control it. -Greg Oden

You can't just, boopity-boop, saunter into the Treasury. You need an appointment. -Louise Linton

I believe, as human beings, we sometimes indulge in self pity more than it's necessary. Over my life's journey, I have realised that overthinking about your problems and indulging in self-pity is not the answer to get through tough times. -Sonali Bendre

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