Quotes Tagged "judgmental-people"
Persons impatient of other’s deﬁciencies are in fact likely to be equally undiscerning of their merits; and are not aware, in either case, how much they are exposing the deﬁciencies on their own side. Not only, however, do they get into this dilemma, but what is more, they are lowering their respectability beneath that of the dullest person in the room. They shew themselves deﬁcient, not merely in the qualities they miss in [a wise man who doesn’t make an ostentatious show of his knowledge] but in those which he really possesses, such as self knowledge and good temper. Were they as wise as they pretend to be, they would equal him in these points, and know how to extract something good from them in spite of his deﬁciency in the other; for intellectual qualities are not the only ones that excite the reﬂections, or conciliate the regard, of the truly intelligent, of those who can study human nature in all its bearings, and love it or sympathize with it, for all its affections.