Anybody can sympathize with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature to sympathise with a friend's success.
What mother and daughter understand each other, or even have sympathy for each other's lack of understanding?
The more we feel sorry for ourselves, the less sorry others will feel for us. People don't waste their small store of sympathy on those who can provide it so richly for themselves.
It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
—Henry David Thoreau
Autumn wins you best by this its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay.