Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance. No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby.
If you violate laws of God, you're a sinner. If you violate laws of men, you're a criminal. If you violate your own laws, you're pathetic.
And I ask myself what it is about me that makes this wonderful, beautiful woman return. Is it because I'm pathetic, helpless in my current state, completely dependent on her? Or is it my sense of humour, my willingness to tease her, to joke my way into painful, secret places? Do I help her understand herself? Do I make her happy? Do I do something for her that her husband and son can't do? Has she fallen in love with me? As the days pass and I continue to heal, my body knitting itself back together, I begin to allow myself to think that she has.
Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.
No author has created with less emphasis such pathetic characters as Chekhov has.
To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.
If Hank Williams Jr. wasn't such a pathetic, wheezing fossil, I'd have a talk with him.
I'm knocking our pitiful, pathetic lawmakers.
I love romance. I'm a sucker for it. I love it so much. It's pathetic.
I'm such a geek now with princesses. It's pathetic.