I swear by the Greatest Name, it is a pity that in these days anyone should gaze at transient concerns! . . . The heart of the world is enkindled with the divine world. It is a pity for you not to be ignited with this fire.

Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’í Scriptures, p. 134

O Lord! Have pity on my weakness and strengthen me with Thy power! O Lord! Have pity on my impotency and assist me with Thy might and majesty!

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Bahá’í World Faith, p. 423

The Pen of Admonition exhorteth the friends and enjoineth on them charity, pity, wisdom, and gentleness.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, A Traveller's Narrative, p. 45

However much pity and sympathy we may have for humanity, we nevertheless realize that people today are suffering for their own sins of omission and commission. We must help them to see this and to turn their thoughts and acts into the channels Divinely prescribed by Bahá’u’lláh.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 129