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

That no one, no one at all, should try to search into himself! But the wallet of the person in front is carefully kept in view.
  [Lat., Ut nemo in sese tentat descendere, nemo!
    Sed praecedenti spectatur mantica tergo.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (IV, 24)

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than to tolerate them.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Jupiter has placed upon us two wallets. Hanging behind each person's back he has given one full of his own faults; in front he has hung a heavy one full of other people's.
  [Lat., Peras imposuit Jupiter nobis duas.
    Propriis repletam vitiis post tergum dedit;
      Alienis ante pectus supendit gravem.]
      - Phaedrus (Thrace of Macedonia), Fables
         (bk. IV, 9, 1)

Because those, who twit others with their faults, should look at home.
  [Lat., Quia, qui alterum incusat probi, eum ipsum se intueri oportet.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        Truculentus (I, 2, 58)

He has no fault except that he has no fault.
  [Lat., Nihil peccat, nisi quod nihil peccat.]
      - Pliny the Younger (Caius Caecilius Secundus),
        Epistles (bk. IX, 26)

To find fault is easy; to do better may be difficult.
      - Plutarch

A woman's faults, be they never so small, cast a shadow which all her virtues cannot dispel.
      - Achille Poincelot

It is not so much the being exempt from faults, as the having overcome them, that is an advantage to us.
      - Alexander Pope

The glorious fault of angels and of gods.
      - Alexander Pope,
        To the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady
         (l. 14)

We must remember not to judge any public servant by any one act, and especially should we beware of attacking the men who are merely the occasions and not the causes of disaster.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Why do we discover faults so much more readily than perfections?
      - Marquise de Sevigne, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal

Best men oft are moulded out of faults.
      - William Shakespeare

Every one fault seeming monstrous till his fellow-fault came to match it.
      - William Shakespeare

Excusing of a fault
  Doth make the fault worse by the excuse.
      - William Shakespeare

I will chide no breather in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Orlando at III, ii)

They were all like one another as halfpence are, every one fault seeming monstrous till his fellow-fault came to match it.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Rosalind at III, ii)

Every man has a bag hanging before him, in which he puts his neighbour's faults, and another behind him in which he stows his own.
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus (II,i)

Chide him for faults, and do it reverently,
  When you perceive his blood inclined to mirth,
    But, being moody, give him time and scope,
      Till that his passions, like a whale on ground,
        Confound themselves with working.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Fourth, Part II
         (Clarence at IV, iv)

All's not offense that indiscretion finds
  And dotage terms so.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Goneril at II, iv)

Because authority, though it err like others,
  Hath yet a kind of medicine in itself
    That skins the vice o' th' top; go to your bosom,
      Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth know
        That's like my brother's fault; if it confess
          A natural guiltiness such as is his,
            Let it not sound a thought upon your tongue
              Against my brother's life.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Isabella at II, ii)

Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?
  Why, every fault's condemned ere it be done:
    Mine were the very cipher of a function,
      To fine the faults whose fine stands in record,
        And let go by the actor.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Angelo at II, ii)

No more be grieved at that which thou hast done:
  Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
    Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
      And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.
        All men make faults, and even I in this,
          Authorizing thy trespass with compare,
            Myself corrupting, salving thy amiss,
              Excusing thy sins more than thy sins are;
                For to thy sensual fault I bring in sense
                  (Thy adverse party is thy advocate)
                    And 'gainst myself a lawful plea commence;
                      Such civil war is in my love and hate
                        That I an accessary needs must be
                          To that sweet thief which sourly robs from me.
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XXXV

When workmen strive to do better than well,
  They do confound their skill in covetousness,
    And oftentimes excusing of a fault
      Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse,
        As patches set upon a little breach
          Discredit more in hiding of the fault
            Than did the fault before it was so patched.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Pembroke at IV, ii)

So may he rest, his faults lie gently on him!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Eighth
         (Katherine at IV, ii)

If our betters play at that game, we must not dare
  To imitate them; faults that are rich are fair.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of Timon of Athens
         (Timon at I, ii)


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