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  • How much we give to thoughts and things our tone, / And judge of others' feelings by our own!

  • Alas! we give our own coloring to the actions of others.

  • We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.

    • Anaïs Nin,
    • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. 3 ()
  • Often we hate in others the thing which we fear in ourselves; or we hate because the other person raises to our consciousness some fault or inadequacy which we would prefer to have remain unconscious, and therefore without power to disturb our self-complacency.

  • ... one tends to suspect others of what one is guilty of oneself. The unfaithful wife is quick to suspect the husband of infidelity.

  • ... a man generally judges of the disposition of others by his own, so Claude, being himself a deceiver, feared deception from me.

  • ... the man who slurs / Some other man is guiltier / Of just the same misdeed, I'm sure, / That he maintains the other is.

    • Christine de Pisan,
    • "Tale of the Rose" (1402), in Thelma S. Fenster and Mary Carpenter Erler, eds., Poems of Cupid, God of Love ()
  • Everything we say about other people is really about ourselves.

    • Merrit Malloy,
    • in Merrit Malloy and Shauna Sorensen, The Quotable Quote Book ()
  • How easy it is, how dangerously easy it is to hate a man for one's own inadequacies.