As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I know if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.
RIP, Nelson Mandela.
From William Paley, 18th century British philosopher and originator of the notion of “contempt prior to investigation”:
contempt, prior to examination, is an intellectual vice, from which the greatest faculties of mind are not free…. This habit of thought, however comfortable to the mind which entertain it, or however natural to great parts, is extremely dangerous; and more apt than almost any other disposition to produce hasty and contemptuous, and, by consequence, erroneous judgments, both of persons and opinions.