Dietrich Bonhoeffer Letters and Papers from Prison:

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Nothing we despise in the other man is entirely absent from ourselves.

We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.

Quality is the greatest enemy of any kind of mass-leveling. Socially it means the renunciation of all place hunting, a break with the cult of star; an open eye both upwards and downwards, especially in the choice of ones most intimate friends, and pleasure in private life as well as courage to enter public life. Culturally it means a return from the radio and newspaper to the book, from feverish activity to unhurried leisure, from dispersion to concentration, from sensationalism to reflection, from virtuosity to art, from snobbery to modesty, from extravagence to moderation. Quantities are competitive, qualities are complementary.

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