Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does
Choice! The key is choice. You have options. You need not spend your life wallowing in
failure, ignorance, grief, poverty, shame, and self-pity. There is a better way to live!
There's only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else!
It sounds egotistical, but it's actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.
With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat
what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to
keep you from growing. You get to choose.
Pity is a poor plaster.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything good in the
Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I thought about all the people I knew who spent many of their waking hours feeling sorry for
themselves. How useful it would be to put a daily limit on self-pity. Just a few tearful
minutes, then on with the day.
A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
Pain is inevitable as long as you are identified with your mind, which is to say as long as you
are unconscious, spiritually speaking. I am talking here primarily of emotional pain, which is
also the main cause of physical pain and physical disease. Resentment, hatred, self-pity,
guilt, anger, depression, jealousy, and so on, even the slightest irritation, are all forms of
Pity without relief is like mustard without beef.
Self-pity is a drug... Pity is a drug. Your first hit on the pity pipe makes you feel good, but it's
just a temporary fix. All too soon, it leaves you in a darker place, craving more.
The only time we waste is the time we spend thinking we are alone.
I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive.
I let myself feel good and sorry for myself, but only for a second. Daddy always said that the
most useless of all human emotions was self-pity.
Never feel self-pity, the most destructive emotion there is. How awful to be caught up in the
terrible squirrel cage of self.
Being sorry for myself is a luxury I can't afford.
Others may argue about whether the world ends with a bang or a whimper. I just want to
make sure mine doesn't end with a whine.
Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive,
gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.
Self-pity is essentially humorless, devoid of that lightness of touch which gives understanding