All in Contemplation

The appropriate response to bad deeds is pity for the perpetrators, since they have adopted unsound beliefs and are deprived of the most valuable human capacity: the ability to differentiate between what's truly good and bad for them. Whenever someone does something foolish, pity him rather than yield to hatred and anger as so many do.

One of two things will happen when you socialize with others. You either become like your companions, or you bring them over to your own ways. Choose your associations with care and monitor the thrust of the conversations in which you find yourself.

When we suffer setbacks, disturbances, or grief, let us never place the blame on others, but on our own attitudes. The impulse to blame something or someone is foolishness; there is nothing to be gained in blaming, whether it be others or oneself.