OWAD some Pow’r the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae mony a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion !
LIFE is deeper than it seems; and it may well check our petty cavils and censorious judgments to remember, that He who sees and loves according to the truth of things may have His place and dear abode in the inner mind of the very neighbour we criticize and the heretics we shun; may think nothing at all of the small matters we derisively apprehend, and gently love the greater ones we blindly overlook; and find not only many a precious thing concealed from us, but gracious affection and pure thought that do not even see themselves.
WE can all be angry with our neighbour; what we want is to be shown, not his defects, of which we are too conscious, but his merits, to which we are too blind.
Robert Louis Stevenson