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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.
Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.
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
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.'
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.
Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.
I used to have a real problem with self-pity. Every time the devil would throw a pity party, I would attend.
It is only a step from boredom to disillusionment, which leads naturally to self-pity, which in turn ends in chaos.
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.
Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
I tell people to monitor their self-pity. Self-pity is very unattractive.
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.
Self-pity is never useful. It tends to distort like a fun-house mirror.
Honesty is as rare as a man without self-pity.
Stephen Vincent Benet
I'm a fairly tormented artist, and I'm less willing to indulge myself in self-pity, outside of songwriting.
I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion.
Mistakes are a drag, because you get in the area of regret and self-pity.
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.
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
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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