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.
Condemn the fault, and not the actor of it?
Why, every fault's condemn'd 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.
Her only fault, and that is faults enough,
Is that she is intolerable curst
And shrewd and froward, so beyond all measure
That, were my state far worser than it is,
I would not wed her for a mine of gold.
The defects of great men are the consolation of the dunces.
Isaac D'Israeli, Essay on the Literary Character, Preface. p, XXIX and Volume I, p. 187.
Heureux l'homme quand il n'a pas les défauts de ses qualités.
Happy the man when he has not the defects of his qualities.
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.
J. C. and W. A. Hare, Guesses at Truth.
His very faults smack of the raciness of his good qualities.