If [the writer] achieves anything noble, anything enduring, it must be by giving himself absolutely to his material. And this gift of sympathy...
By Willa Cather
Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
By Mother Theresa
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
By William Blake
God put self-pity by the side of despair like the cure by the side of the disease.
By Albert Camus
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.
By Samuel Johnson
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.
By Italian Proverb
Is there anything more dangerous than sympathetic understanding?
By Pablo Picasso
Never allow your own sorrow to absorb you, but seek out another to console, and you will find consolation.
By J. C. Macaulay
Nobody can tell what I suffer! But it is always so. Those who do not complain are never pitied.
By Jane Austen
One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.
By Jean Anouilh
Pity cost nothing and ain't worth nothing.
By Josh Billings
Pity is treason.
By Maximilien Robespierre
Pity makes the world soft to the weak and noble to the strong.
By Sir Edwin Arnold
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
By Andre Maurois
Sympathizing and selfish people are alike, both given to tears.
By Leigh Hunt
Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.
By Henri Frederic Amiel
Sympathy is two hearts tugging at one load.
By Charles H. Parkhurst
The delicate and infirm go for sympathy, not to the well and buoyant, but to those who have suffered like themselves.
By Catharine Esther Beecher
The force of truth that a statement imparts, then, its prominence among the hordes of recorded observations that I may optionally apply to my own life, depends, in addition to the sense that it is argumentatively defensible, on the sense that someone like me, and someone I like, whose voice is audible and who is at least notionally in the same room with me, does or can possibly hold it to be compellingly true.
By Nicholson Baker
Those who would make us feel, must feel themselves.
By Randolph Churchill
We pity in others only the those evils which we ourselves have experienced.
By Jean Jacques Rousseau
Women have no sympathy and my experience of women is almost as large as Europe.
By Florence Nightingale
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.
By Martin Luther King, Jr.
Strengthen me by sympathizing with my strength, not my weakness.
By Amos Bronson Alcott
No man needs sympathy because he has to work. Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
By Theodore Roosevelt