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It would be a pity if, frustrated by the price of travel,
by Barney Oliver

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

Years of science fiction have produced a mindset that
it is human destiny to expand from Earth,
to the Moon, to Mars, to the stars.
- Barney Oliver

In the past, on Earth, it has largely been to exploit
foreign resources and to expand the domestic territory.
- Barney Oliver

Antimatter is not a source of energy for us,
it's a method of storing energy, compact but inefficient.
- Barney Oliver

 

If interstellar travel is as time- or energy-
demanding as the above figures indicate,
it is far from obvious what the motive for colonization might be.
- Barney Oliver

Present annual world energy consumption is about equal
to the annihilation energy of 4 tons of matter.
- Barney Oliver

The sun and its retinue of planets drift as a group
through the vast gulfs of space that separate the stars.
- Barney Oliver

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Above all, I would not expect a wise race,
at great expense, to set loose an army of self-replicating robots.
- Barney Oliver

No one can deny the excitement of visiting another world.
- Barney Oliver

The factor most ignored in discussing interstellar
flight is the kinetic energy that must be invested
in the ship to make its tons of matter move at a substantial
fraction of the speed of light.
- Barney Oliver

If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need
but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
- 1 John 3:17

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

Never be stopped by fear or self-pity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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.
- St. Francis of Assisi

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

Small people never learn to be indifferent;
they either envy or pity.
- Anonymous

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.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Laugh at yourself and at life.
Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity,
but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain,
cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective
that seemingly terrible defeat and worry
with laughter at your predicaments,
thus freeing your mind to think clearly toward the solution
that is certain to come. Never take yourself too seriously.
- Og Mandino

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pity is the deadliest feeling that can be offered to a woman.
- Vicki Baum

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

When Man evolved Pity, he did a queer thing -
deprived himself of the power of living life as it
is without wishing it to become something different.
- John Galsworthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Beloved, till life can charm no more;
And mourned,
till Pity's self be dead.
- William Collins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pity the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Don Marquis

Pity? You don't want to be pitied because you're a
cripple in a wheelchair? Stay in your house!
- Jerry Lewis

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

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

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief,
a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
- Elizabeth Bowen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- David Herbert Lawrence

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

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

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

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

Moon!
Moon!
I am prone before you.
Pity me, and drench me in loneliness.
- Amy Lowell


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