From The Blog of Henry David Thoreau:
But the fact is, the earnest lecturer can speak only to his like, and the adapting of himself to his audience is a mere compliment which he pays them. If you wish to know how I think, you must endeavor to put yourself in my place. If you wish me to speak as if I were you, that is another affair.
[Title edited because I am culturally illiterate and did not know throwdown from smackdown.]