What is it to be wise? 'Tis but to know how little can be known - to see all other's faults and feel our own.
We learn our virtues from the friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Malicious slander never would have leisure to search, with prying eyes, for faults abroad, if all, like me, consider’d their own hearts, and wept the sorrows which they found at home.
Our faults afflict us more than our good deeds console. Pain is ever uppermost in the conscience as in the heart.
Ten thousand of the greatest faults in our neighbors are of less consequence to us than one of the smallest in ourselves.
However fastidious we may be in love, we forgive more faults in love than in friendship.
When a nation has allowed itself to fall under a tyrannical regime, it cannot be absolved from the faults due to the guilt of that regime.
People are commonly so employed in pointing out faults in those before them, as to forget that some behind may at the same time be descanting on their own.
Man knows his littleness; his own mountains remind him; but the dreams of man make up for our faults and failings; for the brevity of our lives, for the narrowness of our scope; they leap over boundaries and are away and away.
We have in America the largest public school system on earth, the most expensive college buildings, the most extensive curriculum, but nowhere else is education so blind to its objectives, so indifferent to any specific outcome as in America. One trouble has been at the repression of faults rather than creation of virtues.
Never let us be discouraged with ourselves. It is not when we are conscious of our faults that we are the most wicked; on the contrary, we are less so. We see by a brighter light; and let us remember for our consolation, that we never perceive our sins till we begin to cure them.
Were it offered to my choice, I should have no objection to a repetition of the same life from its beginning, only asking the advantages authors have is a second edition to correct some faults of the first.
We must not take the faults of our youth into our old age, for old age brings with it its own defects.
If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes.
Obscurity and affection are the two great faults of style. Obscurity of expression generally springs from confusion of ideas; and the same wish to dazzle, at any cost, which produces affection in the manner of a writer, is likely to produce sophistry in his reasoning.
Misfortunes one can endure, they come from outside, they are accidents. But to suffer for one's faults - ah! there is this sting of life.
One who praises you for qualities you lack, will next be found blaming you for faults not yours.
Man indeed hates the one whom he knows, turns against the one whom he sees, opposes the one whom he resembles, and becomes observant of the faults of those with whom he mingles; the greater the love and intimacy, the greater the hatred and estrangement.
It is a trait of fools to perceive the faults of others but not their own.
If you want peace, do not see the faults of others; instead, see your own faults.