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FAULTS
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[ Also see Character Defects Error Guilt Lying Mischief Sin Vice Wickedness ]

All his faults are such that one loves him still the better for them.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

The first fault is the child of simplicity, but every other the offspring of guilt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Who mix'd reason with pleasure, and wisdom with mirth;
  If he had any faults, he has left us in doubt.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation (l. 24)

If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes.
      - Thomas Gray

Women will sometimes confess their sins, but I never knew one to confess her faults.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Do you wish to find out a person's weak points? Note the failings he has the quickest eye for in others. They may not be the very failings he is himself conscious of; but they will be their next-door neighbors. No man keeps such a jealous lookout as a rival.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare, Guesses at Truth

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 (1)

While we are indifferent to our good qualities, we keep on deceiving ourselves in regard to our faults; until we at last come to look upon them as virtues.
      - Heinrich Heine

His very faults smack of the raciness of his good qualities.
      - Washington Irving,
        The Sketch Book--John Bull

Faults and defects every work of man must have.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Bad men excuse their faults, good men will leave them.
      - Ben Jonson, Catiline (act III, sc. 2)

He who exhibits no faults is a fool or a hypocrite, whom we should mistrust. There are faults so intimately connected with fine qualities that they indicate them, and we do well not to correct them.
      - Joseph Joubert

Who'd bear to hear the Gracchi chide sedition? (Listen to those who denounce what they do themselves.)
  [Lat., Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditone querentes?]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (II, 24)

Had we not faults of our own we should take less pleasure in observing those of others.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

There are some faults which, when well managed, make a greater figure than virtue itself.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We are often more agreeable through our faults than through our good qualities.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We easily forget those faults which are known only to ourselves.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We need not be much concerned about those faults which we have the courage to own.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Just as you are pleased at finding faults, you are displeased at finding perfections.
      - Johann Kaspar Lavater (John Caspar Lavater)

A fault finds its own authors.
      - Legal Maxim

Most of their faults women owe to us, whilst we are indebted to them for the most of our better qualities.
      - Charles Lemesle

Her new bark is worse than ten times her old bite.
      - James Russell Lowell, A Fable for Critics
         (l. 28)

Relative to getting rid of it, a fault is serious or not in proportion to the depth of its root rather than the amount of its foliage.
      - George MacDonald

You crystal break, for fear of breaking it:
  Careless and careful hands like faults commit.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XIV, ep. 111),
        (translation by Wright)

He who excuses himself, accuses himself.
  [Fr., Qui s'excuse, s'accuse.]
      - Gabriel Meurier (Meurir or Murier),
        Tresor des Sentences


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