proverb

She had heard it said that, before you could understand anybody, you needed to walk a mile in their shoes, which did not make a whole lot of sense, because probably after you had walked a mile in their shoes, you would understand that they were chasing you and accusing you of the theft of a pair of shoes–although, of course, you could probably outrun them, owing to their lack of footwear.
—  Terry Pratchett, I Shall Wear Midnight