To reprove small faults with undue vehemence, is as absurd as if a man should take a great hammer to kill a fly on his friend's forehead.
Observe your enemies for they first find out your faults.
We should correct our own faults by seeing how uncomely they appear in others.
The greatest of faults is to be conscious of none.
Think of your own faults the first part of the night when you are awake, and of the faults of others the latter part of the night when you are asleep.
Faults of the head are punished in this world, those of the heart in another; but as most of our vices are compound, so also is their punishment.
To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to proclaim them to the world, if one does not take care, is pride.
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.
Every one is eagle-eyed to see another's faults and deformity.
If we were faultless we should not be so much annoyed by the defects of those with whom we associate.
He will be immortal who liveth till he be stoned by one without fault.
If the best man's faults were written on his forehead, he would draw his hat over his eyes.
He who exhibits no faults is a fool or a hypocrite whom we should distrust.
Endeavor to be always patient of the faults and imperfections of others; for thou hast many faults and imperfections of thine own that require forbearance. If thou art not able to make thyself that which thou wishest, how canst thou expect to mold another in conformity to thy will?
Bad men excuse their faults; good men will leave them.
If you are pleased at finding faults, you are displeased at finding perfections.
The wise man has his foibles as well as the fool.—Those of the one are known to himself, and concealed from the world; while those of the other are known to the world, and concealed from himself.
If thou wouldst bear thy neighbor's faults, cast thine eyes upon thine own.
No one sees the wallet on his own back, though every one carries two packs, one before, stuffed with the faults of his neighbors; the other behind, filled with his own.
To find fault, is easy; to do better may be difficult.
It is not so much the being exempt from faults, as having overcome them, that is an advantage to us; it being with the follies of the mind as with the weeds of a field, which if destroyed and consumed upon the place of their birth, enrich and improve it more than if none had ever sprung there.
We confess small faults, in order to insinuate that we have no great ones.
We easily forget our faults when they are known only to ourselves.
You will find it less easy to uproot faults, than to choke them by gaining virtues.
The fault-finder—it is his nature's plague to spy into abuses; and oft his jealousy shapes faults that are not.
The lowest people are generally the first to find fault with show or equipage; especially that of a person lately emerged from his obscurity. They never once consider that he is breaking the ice for themselves.
Men are almost always cruel on their neighbors' faults, and make the overthrow of others the badge of their own ill-masked virtue.
Ten thousand of the greatest faults in our neighbors are of less consequence to us than one of the smallest in ourselves.