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Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments. ...
by Barry Cornwall

Pity speaks to grief More sweetly than a band of instruments.
- Barry Cornwall

O human beauty, what a dream art thou,
that we should cast our life and hopes away on thee!
- Barry Cornwall

Death is the tyrant of the imagination.
- Barry Cornwall

So mightiest powers buy deepest calms are fed,
And sleep, how oft, in things that gentlest be!
- Barry Cornwall

 

There's not a wind but whispers of thy name;
And not a flow'r that grows beneath the moon,
But in its hues and fragrance tells a tale Of thee,
my love.
- Barry Cornwall

All round the room my silent servants wait,
My friends in every season, bright and dim.
- Barry Cornwall

I never was on the dull, tame shore,
But I loved the great sea more and more.
- Barry Cornwall

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Oh, the summer night, Has a smile of light,
And she sits on a sapphire throne.
- Barry Cornwall

Even Echo speaks not on these radiant moors.
- Barry Cornwall

Touch us gently, Time!
Let us glide adown thy stream, Gently,
- as we sometimes glide Through a quiet dream!
- Barry Cornwall

The sweetest noise on earth, a woman's tongue;
A string which hath no discord.
- Barry Cornwall

Half the ills we heard within our hearts are ills because we hoard them.
- Barry Cornwall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare to anything.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
- Vladimir Nabokov

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

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

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 sea has neither meaning nor pity.
- Anton Chekhov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pity and friendship are two passions incompatible with each other.
- Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
when he fell into the hands of robbers.
They stripped him of his clothes, beat him
and went away, leaving him half dead.
A priest happened to be going down the same road,
and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
So too, a Levite [religious leader],
when he came to the place and saw him,
passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan [Samaritans and Jews generally disliked
and were suspicious of each other] came where the man was;
and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
He went to him and bandaged his wounds ... and ...
took him to an inn and took care of him. ...
Jesus [said] "Go and do likewise."
- Luke 10:25-37 (The Parable of the Good Samaritan)

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

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

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


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