things in themselves

It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves.

Carl Jung
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iron helmet

The awakening mind is generated
in dependence on sentient beings.

But like the saying,
“whatever you do when wearing an iron helmet is unpleasant”

to entertain such thoughts,
that wherever you are you feel vexed
when encountering other beings who displease you,

is like being unhappy with the causes of enlightenment.

Tibetan Buddhism