1. Sure! It’s from Ourselves (Book I):

      [T]here are people who like to enjoy the luxury of Pity without taking the real pain and trouble of helping. They say, ‘How sad!’ and will even shed tears over a sorrowful tale, but will not exert themselves to do anything to help the sufferer. Indeed, on the whole, they would rather pity imaginary people who need no help, and it gives them pleasure to cry over a sad tale in a book or play. The tears of such people, who are rather pleased with themselves because they think they have ‘feeling hearts’ are like the water of certain springs in the limestone which have the property of coating soft substances with stone. Every movement of pity which does not lead to an effort to help goes to form a heart of stone. There are none so difficult to move to help as those who allow themselves the luxury of idle pity. (pp. 88-89)

  1. That reminds me of a Book by OF Walton called Winters Folly where a young girl learns tears alone do not help. “After reading about the tears of Jabesh Gilwad, myrtle learns that tears cost nothing, and it isn’t enough to feel sorry for people and to pity them, she must do all she can to help them. With this determination, she crept into old Winters dried up heart, Bri going comfort and cheer to a desolate old man, restoring trust in a human soul.” A sweet book.

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