Some provocative thoughts on empathy, compassion, humility, forgiveness, justice, law, and more…
“It is idle to adjudicate upon the right and wrong of incidents that have already happened. It is useful to understand them and, if possible, to learn a lesson from them for the future. It is difficult to say for certain how a particular man would act in a particular set of circumstances. We can also see that judging a man from his outward act is no more than a doubtful inference, inasmuch as it is not based on sufficient data.”
“My joy was boundless. I had learnt the true practice of law. I had learnt to find out the better side of human nature and to enter men’s hearts. I realized that the true function of a lawyer was to unite parties riven asunder. The lesson was so indelibly burnt into me that a large part of my time during the twenty years of my practice as a lawyer was occupied in bringing about private compromise of hundreds of cases. I lost nothing thereby — not even money, certainly not my soul.”
“It has always been a mystery to me how men can feel themselves honored by the humiliation of their fellow-beings.”
“We knew the fundamental differences between us. Any amount of discussion could not efface them. Yet even differences prove helpful, where there are tolerance, charity and truth.”
“I tried very hard to make amends to the clerk for the injustice I had done him. It has, however, been my eternal regret that I could never satisfy him fully. Howsoever you may repair it, a rift is a rift.”
“My experience has shown me that we win justice quickest by rendering justice to the other party.”
Gandhi, M. K. (1957). An autobigraphy: The story of my experiments with truth. Boston: Beacon Press (translated by Mahadev Desai).