Self acceptance marks the day when the opinions of other people don't control you anymore. It's the day you start making yourself heard when you don't agree. It's the minute you finally unlock your potential, become you, know that you've become you, and know that you are completely and gloriously your own person.

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.