A Quote by Plutarch on difficulty and faults

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

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

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A Quote by Plutarch on cities, faults, habits, life, men, and privacy

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men's private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large.

Plutarch (c.46 - c.120)

Source: Lives, Lysander

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A Quote by Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus Pliny, the Younger on faults


His only fault is that he has none.

Pliny the Younger (c. 62 - c. 113)

Source: Book ix. Letter xxvi.

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A Quote by Phyllis McGinley on borrowing, brides, children, christianity, fame, family, fatherhood, faults, generosity, gold, hunger, love, luck, motherhood, patience, poetry, problems, relatives, saints, sharing, sister, soul, thinking, and wine

The subject of the poem was Bridget of Kildare (450-523), a Christian lass among the Druids in Ireland. Saint Bridget was A problem child. Although a lass Demure and mild, And one who strove To please her dad, Saint Bridget drove The family mad. For here's the fault in Bridget lay: She WOULD give everything away. To any soul Whose luck was out She'd give her bowl Of stirabout; She'd give her shawl, Divide her purse With one or all. And what was worse, When she ran out of things to give She'd borrow from a relative. Her father's gold, Her grandsire's dinner, She'd hand to cold and hungry sinner; Give wine, give meat, No matter whose; Take from her feet The very shoes, And when her shoes had gone to others, Fetch forth her sister's and her mother's. She could not quit. She had to share; Gave bit by bit The silverware, The barnyard geese, The parlor rug, Her little niece-'s christening mug, Even her bed to those in want, And then the mattress of her aunt. An easy touch For poor and lowly, She gave so much And grew so holy That when she died Of years and fame, The countryside Put on her name, And still the Isles of Erin fidget With generous girls named Bride or Bridget. Well, one must love her. Nonetheless, In thinking of her Givingness, There's no denial She must have been A sort of trial Unto her kin. The moral, too, seems rather quaint. WHO had the patience of a saint, From evidence presented here? Saint Bridget? Or her near and dear?

Phyllis McGinley (1905 - 1978)

Source: "The Giveaway," from The Love Letters ofd Phyllis McGinley, New York, Viking Press, 1957

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A Quote by Phineas Fletcher on faults, fear, heaven, peace, tears, and vengeance

Drop, drop, slow tears, and bathe those beauteous feet Which brought from heaven the news and prince of peace. Cease not, wet eyes, his mercies to entreat; To cry for vengeance sin doth never cease; In your deep floods drown all my faults and fears, Nor let his eye see sin but through my tears.

Phineas Fletcher (1582 - 1650)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on attitude, faults, judgment, and people

Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others' shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Oscar Fingall O'Flahertie Wills Wilde on faults and people

None of us can stand other people who have the same faults as ourselves.

Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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A Quote by Oscar W. Firkins on faults, logic, mind, and nature

The strictly logical mind is usually if not always at fault in its valuations of that defiantly illogical thing known as human nature.

Oscar W. Firkins

Source: Oscar Firkins: Memoirs and Letters edited by Ina Ten Eyck

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A Quote by Orson Ferguson Whitney on difficulty, earth, faults, friendship, heart, men, perception, and presidency

There seems to be a propensity in the human heart that leads men to find fault with their fellows who are placed in high positions. President Heber C. Kimball once illustrated this propensity thus: while conversing with a friend, he stooped and picked from the ground a twig, encrusted with mud, for it had recently been raining, and holding it up, said, "As long as this little twig remained upon the ground it attracted no attention, although it had as much mud clinging to it then as now, but you did not notice it. When I lift it from the earth, however, and hold it aloft, the mud is about all that you can see; it is with difficulty that you perceive the twig at all."

Orson Whitney (1855 - 1931)

Source: General Conference, October 1910.

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A Quote by Oliver Goldsmith on courage, faults, genius, heart, integrity, philosophy, understanding, and wit

Both wit and understanding are trifles without integrity. The ignorant peasant without fault is greater than the philosopher with many. What is genius or courage without a heart?

Oliver Goldsmith (1728 - 1774)

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