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QUOTES ON FAULTS

Oftentimes excusing of a fault
Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King John

Some people have a way of making their faults pleasing, while others have a way of making their virtues repulsive.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

We are not greatly pleased that our friends should respect our good qualities if they venture to perceive our faults.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

Most men experience greater pleasure in correcting the faults of others, than they share grief at the detection of equal defects in themselves.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Conscience is a coward, and those faults it has not strength enough to prevent it seldom has justice enough to accuse.

OLIVER GOLDSMITH, The Vicar of Wakefield

It is well that there is no one without a fault; for he would not have a friend in the world. He would seem to belong to a different species.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

We must accept most great people with great faults.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Man's faults lie like reptiles--like toads, like lizards, like serpents; and what if there is over them the evening sky, lit with glory, and all aglow? Are they less reptiles and toads because all is roseate around about them?

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Our faults are not without vanity, any more than our virtues.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

It is more charitable, and often more in keeping with the truth, to term men's faults only differences.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

Anyone is to be pitied who has just sense enough to perceive his deficiencies.

WILLIAM HAZLITT, Characteristics

One usually recognizes the least his greatest fault.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Faults are more easily recognized in the works of others than in our own.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

The highest evidence that love exists is its readiness to overlook and pardon faults.

REUEN THOMAS, Thoughts for the Thoughtful

The reason why we so often judge correctly concerning the faults of others, is because we are always in search of them.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

A man does not mind being blamed for his faults, and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers much for the sake of them; but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

One always looking for flaws leaves too little time for construction.

LEWIS F. KORNS, Thoughts

Certain faults are necessary to the individual if he is to exist.

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE, The Maxims and Reflections of Goethe

A readiness to excuse some faults, shows a disposition to commit others.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Consider not one fault where there are many virtues.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

Men sometimes reproach themselves with fancied faults, that they may be thought less guilty of real ones.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

We confess our faults in the plural, and deny them in the singular.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters and Reflections

The faults that are visible in ourselves should, at least, teach us tenderness with respect to those we imagine in others.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Those base men who speak of the secret faults of others, destroy themselves like the serpents in ant-hills.

CHANAKYA, Vridda-Chanakya

There are faults in others we are often indulgent to; I mean those which have a connection with our own.

FULKE GREVILLE, Maxims, Characters, and Reflections

We often appear unconscious of our faults, merely from frequency of viewing them.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed.

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, speech, Jun. 14, 1953

A sure way to hear of your faults is to boast of your virtues.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

No one likes to be pitied for his faults.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

When you begin to excuse your faults, you are then beginning to respect them.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

We must not be timid from a fear of committing faults: the greatest fault of all is to deprive oneself of experience.

LUC DE CLAPIERS, MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES, Reflections and Maxims

We confess small faults to insinuate that we have no great ones.

FRANÇOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD, Moral Maxims

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. If you are angry with a man, or hate him, it is not hard to go to him and stab him with words; but so to love a man that you cannot bear to see the stain of sin upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words--that is friendship. But few have such friends. Our enemies usually teach us what we are, at the point of the sword.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

Nothing is easier than to find a fault, and nothing more difficult than the ability to substitute the proper correction.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

Always acknowledge a fault frankly. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you opportunity to commit more.

MARK TWAIN, More Maxims of Mark

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