When speaking to people, first attach yourself mentally to the Creator, blessed be He. The soul of the other, too, is [then] bound up with the Creator. For every person lives but by virtue of the [Divine] emanation infused into all creatures. 1

Bear in mind that your words are but spoken before the Creator, blessed be He, to bring gratification unto Him; thus “I am not speaking to my fellow, for what difference does his praise or reproach make to me [i.e., whether he will praise or reproach me.” 2 All this is from the Baal Shem Tov, may the memory of the righteous be for blessing, for the life of the world to come.]