Great Throughts Treasury

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Blaise Pascal

To pity the unhappy is not contrary to selfish desire; on the other hand, we are glad of the occupation to thus testify friendship and attract to ourselves the reputation of tenderness, without giving anything.

Desire | Giving | Occupation | Pity | Reputation | Tenderness | Friendship |

Cato the Elder, Marcus Porius Cato, aka Censorius (the Censor), Sapiens (the Wise), Priscus (the Ancient) NULL

Some men are more beholden to their bitterest enemies than to friends who appear to be sweetness itself. The former frequently tell the truth, but the latter never.

Men | Truth | Friends |

Charles Caleb Colton

He that openly tells his friends all that he thinks of them, must expect that they will secretly tell his enemies much that they do not think of him.

Will | Friends | Think |

Carl Sagan

The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies standing waist deep in gasoline, one with three matches, the other with five.

Race |

Charles Caleb Colton

The reason why great men meet with so little pity or attachment in adversity, would seem to be this: the friends of a great man were made by his fortune, his enemies by himself, and revenge is a much more punctual paymaster than gratitude.

Adversity | Fortune | Gratitude | Little | Man | Men | Pity | Reason | Revenge | Friends |

Charles Caleb Colton

He that has never known adversity, is but half acquainted with others, or with himself. Constant success shows us but one side of the world. for, as it surrounds us with friends, who will tell us only our merits, so it silences those enemies from whom alone we can learn our defects.

Adversity | Defects | Success | Will | World | Learn |

Charles Caleb Colton

Expect not praise without envy until you are dead. Honors bestowed on the illustrious dead have in them no admixture of envy; for the living pity the dead; and pity and envy, like oil and vinegar, assimilate not.

Envy | Pity | Praise |

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Beware of no man more than of yourself; we carry our worst enemies within us.

Man |

Chinese Proverbs

He who cannot agree with his enemies is controlled by them.

Dale Carnegie, originally spelled Dale Carnegey

When we hate our enemies, we are giving them power over us: power over our sleep, our appetites, our blood pressure, our health, and our happiness. Our enemies would dance with joy if only they knew how they were worrying us, lacerating us, and getting even with us! Our hate is not hurting them at all, but our hate is turning our own days and nights into a hellish turmoil.

Giving | Hate | Health | Joy | Power | Turmoil |

François de La Rochefoucauld, François VI, Duc de La Rochefoucauld, Prince de Marcillac, Francois A. F. Rochefoucauld-Liancourt

To be deceived by; our enemies or betrayed by our friends is insupportable; yet by ourselves are we often content to be so treated.

Friends |

Elbert Green Hubbard

Never explain: your friends don’t require it, and your enemies won’t believe you anyway.

Friends |

Elbert Green Hubbard

Never explain. Your friends do not need it and your enemies will not believe you anyway.

Need | Will | Friends |

Frank Crane

Our best friends and our worst enemies are our thoughts.

Friends |

Florida Scott-Maxwell

I wonder why love is so often equated with joy when it is everything else as well. Devastation, balm, obsession, granting and receiving excessive value, and losing it again. It is recognition, often of what you are not but might be. It sears and it heals. It is beyond pity and above law. It can seem like truth.

Joy | Law | Love | Obsession | Pity | Truth | Wonder |

Eric Hoffer

The most effective way to silence our guilty conscience is to convince ourselves and others that those we have sinned against are indeed depraved creatures, deserving every punishment, even extermination. We cannot pity those we have wronged, nor can we be indifferent toward them. We must hate and persecute them or else leave the door open to self-contempt.

Conscience | Contempt | Hate | Pity | Punishment | Self | Silence | Guilty |

French Proverbs

When a blind man bears the standard, pity those who follow.

Man | Pity |

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

Enough | History | Life | Life | Man | Sorrow | Suffering |