A quote by Harper Lee

Something inspirational:

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

HARPER LEE – To kill a Mockingbird


5 Mar, 2015

8 thoughts on “A quote by Harper Lee

  1. What a great quote you have selected from an amazing film. Unfortunately how many of us truly look at things from someone else’s perspective?

    It is an incredibly hard thing to do but one of the many virtues that contribute to making us who we are.

    1. Thank you. Yes given our own experiences, it is often incredibly hard to look at things from someone else’s perspective.

      If we at least began to recognise what other people deal with. We would certainly have more compassion; more understanding, more tolerance and more time for other people, instead of judging people.

      The world would be a better place.

  2. In order for someone to fully understand things from somebody else’s perspective he needs to have a lot of empathy, something a lot of people don’t practice.

    I have wished for people to literally walk in my place, when I get frustrated from being misunderstood for what I have to deal with living with CP.

    1. Thanks Maria. I can certainly resonate with you on this. It sounds from what you say that we’ve both had the same problems based on our CP.

      Empathy is a lifestyle choice. It’s such a shame that people, such as family choose not use it.

  3. For the life of me, I do not understand why empathy and compassion is so hard to come by; yet most people claim allegiance to some religious affiliation. The hypocrisy of it all is stunning.

    When I place myself in other people’s shoes, I know I’m not as special as I think because in reality, one size fits all.

    1. Thanks Tim. In my mind one size fits all too; but the reality for many of us is very different. Empathy and compassion is in all of us if we want it to be; but believe class has something more to do with our lack of empathy and compassion.

      Religion is based on certain traditions and beliefs, which doesn’t lend itself to empathy and compassion of course; but class I feel is the world’s biggest enemy, because we actually think we’re better than our counterparts and therefore don’t recognise the need to make the effort.

  4. Very true. We really don’t know what goes on in other people’s lives, unless we live it with them.

    We may talk to them and they tell us things, but I believe we only hear half the story; we aren’t with them twenty-four seven.

    1. Thanks Lisa. Yes time is sometimes a factor, but even if we were with someone, twenty-four seven we’d probably still only get to hear half the story.

      Some of us just don’t open up, or if we do open up, we tell others what we think they need to hear, which isn’t the same thing. What we really need to hear tends to fall by the way side.

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