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  • The need of the human mind for contrast has its roots in the mind's age-old habit of looking for differences and likenesses. When the mind can find no differences and no likenesses, as is the case when monotony is present, it restlessly, then resentfully, and at last frantically seeks for contrast that it may again busy itself with observing differences and likenesses.

  • ... one never knows really how things are with other people, they just do always seem more spirited than oneself somehow.

  • Get rid of the tendency / to judge yourself / above, below, or / equal to others.

    • Abhirupa-Nanda,
    • 6th cent. BCE, in Susan Murcott, The First Buddhist Women ()
  • Never compare one person with another: comparisons are odious.

    • Teresa of Avila,
    • "Maxims" (1581), in E. Allison Peers, tr., The Complete Works of St. Teresa of Jesus ()
  • Everyone is screwed up, broken, clingy, and scared, even the people who seem to have it more or less together. They are much more like you than you would believe. So try not to compare your insides to their outsides.