A small bird will drop frozen dead
from a branch without ever having felt
sorry for itself.
D. H. Lawrence
The capacity for self-pity
is something unique to human beings
and is a way of turning our inner world of sunshine
to one of constant drizzle and grey skies.
If you feel sorry for yourself
and spend your whole life complaining,
sooner or later people will stop trying to cheer you up
and will start commiserating.