This quote hits home! I've been working really hard on how I react when I hear people talking about me, or to me. I had a situation where one person didn't even know me and already hated me because of things another was saying. I took the higher road and didn't freak out (at the time), but kept it all bottled up and then had a breaking point where I did blow up.(so I stooped down instead of being calm and talking it out) I also had a recent encounter where I just had to take a few breaths and walk away before responding so I could do so calmly. The difference how I reacted to the two is completely different but I'm glad my progress on remembering to not to stoop down to people's level when they bad mouth you has been key, it's taken some time but I'm glad I am able to calmly try and talk to someone, even if they aren't calm, and try and fix the issue right then and there instead of dragging it out for months and not resolving anything. People who feel the need to tear you down just because they are insecure, unhappy, upset, mad, or have issues of their own they need to deal with need to be in your thoughts and have positivity going towards them, not hearing you fire back low blows as well.