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Of course, people are interested only in themselves. If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen.

East of Eden
You can only understand people if you feel them in yourself.
People like you to be something, preferably what they are.

East of Eden
When two people meet, each one is changed by the other so you've got two new people.
Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.
There ain't no sin and there ain't no virtue. There's just stuff people do.

The Grapes of Wrath
When we treat people merely as they are, they will remain as they are. When we treat them as if they were what they should be, they will become what they should be.

Pathways To Perfection: Discourses Of Thomas S. Monson
Everybody likes to go their own way to choose their own time and manner of devotion.

Mansfield Park
People themselves alter so much, that there is something new to be observed in them for ever.

Pride and Prejudice
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."