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Esteeming others merely for their agreement with us in religion, opinion, and manner of living is only a less offensive kind of self-adoration. - Thomas Adam
Upon every hand we meet with those who have some secret resentment that is ever being nurtured within their hearts. They resent the success, or happiness of some one whom they think is less deserving than they are. They resent the just recognition that comes to others from work and long effort to excel. Or, they may resent being born poor - or resent the fact that they were even born!... Strive to excel, strive to achieve, where others have failed, and you will find no space within your mind to lodge resentment. Resentment is the child of selfishness, foolish envy, and inactivity... Our life upon this earth is too valuable for resentment of any kind. There is so much to do, so much to learn - so little time in which to live and work it all out. - George Matthew Adams
He who reforms himself, has done much toward reforming others; and one reason why the world is not reformed, is, because each would have others make a beginning, and never thinks of himself doing it. - Thomas Adams
Treat others as thou wouldst be treated; dispense not to others what thou likest not for thyself. - Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat, Abu Ismaïl Abdullah ibn Abi-Mansour Mohammad or Khajah Abdullah Ansari of Herat
A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does. - Marcus Aurelius, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus
We are here on earth to do good to others. What the others are here for, I don't know. - W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden
All men are selfish, but the vain man is in love with himself. He admires, like the lover his adored one, everything which to others is indifferent. - Berthold Auerbach
Interest makes some people blind and others quick-sided. We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. Virtues are lost in interest, as rivers are swallowed up in the sea. - J. Beaumont
It is a fundamental principle that no person can entirely free himself from taking the people in his environment into consideration. When doing something in the presence of others, it is impossible not to think about how other people will view what you are doing... Any good act you do will be much purer if others are not aware of you. - Yosef Leib Bloch, fully R' Yosef Yehudah Leib Bloch
You must learn to know others in order to know yourself. - Ludwig Börne, fully Karl Ludwig Börne
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