The thing that really surprised me when I first went to the West was to hear people saying, “I hate myself”, I could never understand that. But now I think I understand; when people say, “I hate myself” what they really mean is, “I love myself too much”, and they are always disappointed for not fulfilling the expectations they have of themselves! I think what they mean is, “I am always disappointed in myself.”
Tai Situ Rinpoche
quoted in the book The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa
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