In a conversation with a friend, someone I’ve never liked much came up and before I could verbalize that, they proceeded to tell me something very nice that person had said about me. Here was someone I’ve never liked, a fact that’s always colored my interaction with them, treating me with respect I couldn’t even afford to them.
We both faced the same situation: I went one way, he went the other. But which path, if you cut away, would you prefer people to assume you took?
If we had no faults, we should not take so much pleasure in noting those of others. – de la Rochefoucauld