There is an idea among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. The only person I have to make good is myself. My duty to my neighbor is much more clearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy, when I can.
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There is an idea among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. The only person I have to make good is myself. My duty to my neighbor is much more clearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy, when I can.

“There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Meaning: Focus on making yourself good, and others happy. Projecting your morals on other people is not your job, it’s your job to live up to your own morals, to make yourself “good”. Your goal in dealing with others is to make them happy, to leave them happier than when you first encountered them.

Image: Noah Silliman