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How is that manipulative? It's just saying if someone talks trash about you, then don't follow through with any actions to prove them right. If someone says you like to kick puppies, but then you go and don't kick any puppies, you'll be good (and no one will believe the other person).
We saw it similarly +Alyssa Miller, I'll elaborate, by exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone's behavior, makes it easier to present your own position as being valid. This kind of undermining actually harms one's own position because it brings your credibility into question. Other than this, seems illogical. When one speaks ill of another, usually its intent is based on nefarious subjectiveness (the operative word "ill") and does not require conscious effort of behavior to the contrary by the person spoken ill of.
+Alyssa Miller It occurs to me that my previous comment may have been misinterpreted and, for that, I am sorry. I was in a silliness mood that might not have been appropriate for the situation. This being said, the important part was the actual link a Rudyard Kipling poem:

"IF you can keep your head when all about you 
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise..."

The poem goes on, but this is the part Plato's quote reminded me of it.
Cannot avoid false criticism and slander but certainly possible to rise above it.
+Alyssa Miller , do it pls, make a quote collection to share and to motivate my dumb brain, lol.
Live your best life and ignore the naysayers!:-)
You look up at me and you see a god. You look down at me and see a slave. But if you look right into my eyes, you'll see yourself. 
Ironically that is from Charles Manson. 
Yes. The line between genius and crazy is surprisingly thin. They say that powerful CEO's usually share many similar traits as serial killers. 
I love this quote from Plato. I remember my daughter being hurt by someone as I'm sure, all of us experience, but I wrote this down and put it on her fridge. It's truth simplified without using colors and flows and butterflies. It's one of the hardest lessons to learn. I know this because I have to remind myself of this often. Hard to be quiet and not express your opinion about someone who has hurt you, but it's best not to say anything, because it may be another hurt which you don't won't. Bottom line, just keep silent and bite that tongue. Turn your back and walk away. 
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