— Haruki Murakami, livro Norwegian Wood
„Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.“
— Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955
„I was raised with the idea that you can feel sorry for yourself, but then, get over it, because it doesn't get you anywhere. … There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want.“
— Charlize Theron film actress and producer, former fashion model 1975
Context: I was raised with the idea that you can feel sorry for yourself, but then, get over it, because it doesn't get you anywhere. … There was always this awareness that you have to be responsible for yourself in order to have what you want. And that meant "Be responsible with this little motorcycle that we're going to give you, because you're only five. If you're not, you're going to hurt yourself" -- which I did. My mom wasn't like, "Poor baby." She was like, "You do wheelies. That's what's going to happen." My mom's philosophy was, "If you get yourself in trouble, you've got to get yourself out of trouble." Reader's Digest.com interview http://www.rd.com/face-to-face-with-charlize-theron/article18057.html
„You don't feel like smiling? Then what? Force yourself to smile. Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.“
— Celeste Ng, livro Everything I Never Told You: A Novel
„Smoking is similar to hitting yourself over the head with
a hammer because, when you stop, you feel better“
— Allan Pease, livro The Definitive Book of Body Language
„I curled myself into a ball and cried quietly, doing that thing that only young people can do, namely, feeling sorry for myself. Once you're past thirty you lose that ability; instead of feeling sorry for yourself you turn bitter.“
— Douglas Coupland, livro Eleanor Rigby
„It is not the smallest use to try to make people good, unless you try at the same time — and they feel that you are trying — to make them happy. And you rarely can make another happy, unless you are happy yourself.“
— Dinah Craik English novelist and poet 1826 - 1887
A Woman's Thoughts About Women (1858), Ch. 10
„Your job is to struggle until you drop dead. That's it. Stop trying to be happy. The day you stop trying to be happy you might have a chance to live.“
— Michael Savage, livro The Savage Nation
2011, Context: Just remember, it's not heroic to kill yourself, and it's a violation of God's Laws.... The way it was explained to me in my tradition is... you are not your own property. You are God's property.... You have no right to commit suicide, don't even think– it's not an option. See, like in America, everything is "choice". "It's your choice." It's NOT your choice. You have no choice, so don't even think about it. It's not your choice to make. Soon enough, God will come for you, okay? Leave it at that. And every time you have a suicidal ideation, just push it away, it's not you. It's the devil trying to put something inside your head. We live in such a sick society, that the demented people who run the mind games on our heads like you to believe that it's your choice whether to commit suicide or not. It's NOT your choice. It's immoral, and that's the end of it. You don't have to ponder everything like it's a choice. You have children, that's all you need to know. What would the world be like for them if you committed suicide, do you have any idea? What you've gotta do is just get back on the road and keep walking, and don't stare at the chasm. That's all. You stand on the edge of a road, look down at the chasm and you'll get dizzy and fall in. So stop staring at the chasm. Get back on the road, and go back down to the meadow, and be with your family. And go on continue the struggle. That's all there is to it. That's your job. Your job is to struggle until you drop dead. That's it. Stop trying to be happy. The day you stop trying to be happy you might have a chance to live. The Savage Nation, 2011(?) (Audio: Michael Savage – Suicide Is Never An Option https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9oIjOjPW2OM&feature=youtu.be&t=1m29s)
„I'm sorry you seem so stung,and I'm sorry you feel you have to hold your tonguewhen you're so pretty and smart<BR“
— Elliott Smith American singer-songwriter 1969 - 2003
Lyrics, New Moon (posthumous, 2007), All Cleaned Out.
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
Song lyrics, B-sides and compilation tracks (1989-1993), Sappy
„You cannot make yourself feel something you do not feel, but you can make yourself do right in spite of your feelings.“
— Pearl S. Buck American writer 1892 - 1973
To My Daughters, With Love (1967), "My Neighbor's Son"
„I spent my life learning to feel less.
Every day I felt less.
Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?
You can not protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, livro Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), Oskar's grandmother to his grandfather after she told him of her pregnancy. "My Feelings" (p. 180)