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Observe more the good which is in your neighbor, than the evil

November 20, 2016

 

‘To this end observe more the good which is in your neighbour, than the evil.’ Malice overlooketh all that is good and amiable, and can see nothing but that which is bad and detestable: it hearkeneth more to them that dispraise and open the faults of others, than to those that praise them and declare their virtues: nor that, good and evil must be confounded; but the good as well as the evil must be acknowledged. We have more use ourselves for the observation of their virtues than of their faults; and it is more our duty: and were it never so little good that is in them, the right observing of it, at least would much diminish your dislike.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 142–143.

 

Photo of pen used to sign FARC agreement in Columbia, made from bullets used in combat. from http://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/03/americas/colombia-farc-peace-deal-collapse-whats-next/

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