“If you treat men the way they are, you never improve them.
If you treat them the way you want them to be, you do.” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
These words–presented in slightly different ways in different translations–come from a character in Goethe’s 1795 masterpiece, Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship, but they almost certainly represent Goethe’s view. In the 1960’s, John W. Gardener offered a slightly different perspective: “If you have some respect for people as they are, you can be more effective in helping them to become better than they are.”
Just in saying, you/we can help everyone rise to a higher level.
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Have a great restful weekend.
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