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"A man is more than his failings." - Rick Reilly

"Reproof should not exhaust its power upon petty failings." - Samuel Johnson

"Citizendium is based on the failings and unreliability of Wikipedia." - Larry Sanger

"We all have our strengths and our failings." - Hannah Simone

"Addressing the moral failings of black people while ignoring the centuries-old failings of their governments amounts to a bait and switch." - Ta-Nehisi Coates

"I have no end of failings as a mother, but I have always followed the rules." - Lionel Shriver

"Spontaneous love admits errors, hesitations and human failings. It can be tested and repaired." - Nancy Friday

"It's a known fact that in certain contexts people's great strengths become their epic failings." - A.S.A. Harrison

"Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Three of the greatest failings, want of sense, of courage, or of vigilance." - Thucydides

"For all our failings, despite our limitations and fallibilities, we humans are capable of greatness." - Carl Sagan

"It's a known fact that in certain contexts people's great strengths become their epic failings." - A.S.A. Harrison

"When people reproach us, they only increase their own failings even as they are disclaiming them." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind." - Walter Bagehot

"Most of the failings of Objectivism all pertain directly or indirectly to issues of psychology." - Nathaniel Branden

"Though just biographical record will touch the failings of the good and the eminent with tenderness." - Anne Seward

"An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind." - Walter Bagehot

"Ah, beware of snobbery; it is the unwelcome recognition of one's own past failings." - Cary Grant

"Hygiene is important. That's one of my failings. So I'm always being called on that." - Dan Aykroyd

"Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself." - Luc De Clapiers

"Yet, our achievements also mask many continuing failings and seem to expose more future dangers." - Hun Sen

"Though just biographical record will touch the failings of the good and the eminent with tenderness." - Anna Seward

"In both religion and science, some people are dishonest, exploitative, incompetent and exhibit other human failings." - Rupert Sheldrake

"Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings." - Jean De La Bruyere

"It is always more difficult to fight one's own failings than the power of an adversary." - Jawaharlal Nehru

"Sometimes, when you look at an adviser's failings or perceived failings, I think the tough question you have to ask as a journalist is, 'What does this say about the president?'" - Jodi Kantor

"Expose not the secret failings of mankind, otherwise you must verily bring scandal upon them and distrust upon yourself." - Saadi

"Friends are often chosen for similitude of manners, and therefore each palliates the other's failings because they are his own." - Samuel Johnson

"Laughter is a celebration of our failings. That's what clowns are for. And that's what I am." - Emma Thompson

"One of the failings of ideologues is their inability to see that everyone else isn't necessarily an ideologue like them." - Josh Marshall

"Our errors and failings are chinks in the heart's armor through which our true colors can shine." - Elizabeth Lesser

"How sternly we reproach virtue for its failings, how indulgent we are to the better qualities of vice!" - Honore De Balzac

"We own up to minor failings, but only so as to convince others that we have no major ones." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Whining about your own, others', or the world's failings is a main element in what we usually call neurosis." - Albert Ellis

"I was very fortunate to have had a mother and father who loved me in spite of my failings." - George W Bush

"If you want to correct your own failings, you do not have the time to waste in blaming other people." - Leo Tolstoy

"Whoever is aware of his own failing will not find fault with the failings of other men." - Saadi

"The root of a nation's misfortunes has to be sought in the moral failings of the government." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"At least I have the modesty to admit that lack of modesty is one of my failings." - Hector Berlioz

"The strengths and failings of a relationship depend entirely on your ability to talk about your feelings." - Spike Jonze

"Whatever Romney's failings, he certainly doesn't suggest that the United States is teetering on the brink of a moral cesspool." - John Podhoretz

"Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more." - Nikola Tesla

"Friendship is also about liking a person for their failings, their weakness. It's also about mutual help, not about exploitation." - Paul Theroux

"At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths - your abilities and your failings." - Gerard Depardieu

"Beauty (was)a gift which, in the eyes of New York, justified every success, and excused a certain number of failings." - Edith Wharton

"Too often [the Church] is weighted down and burdened with the sins and failings of her children; too often she appears disfigured and discouraged." - Pope Benedict Xvi

"The boldest stroke and best act of friendship is not to disclose our own failings to a friend, but to show him his own." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"The multiple failings of our flawed financial sector are jeopardizing, not only the retirement security of our nation's savers but the economy in which our entire society participates." - John C. Bogle

"There are some people upon whom their very faults and failings sit gracefully; and there are others whose very excellencies and accomplishments do not become them." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Working together, they will dig out the truth and nothing but the truth about what happened in '99, to assign responsibility, and to look at the institutional failings." - Jose Ramos-Horta

"The best fortune that can fall to a man is that which corrects his defects and makes up for his failings." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"A minister full of comforts & free from failings as an angel, though he would be happy, wouldn't be a good or useful preacher" - John Newton

"At twenty you have many desires which hide the truth, but beyond forty there are only real and fragile truths -your abilities and your failings." - Gerard Depardieu

"Let us be very gentle with our neighbors' failings, and forgive our friends their debts as we hope ourselves to be forgiven." - William Makepeace Thackeray

"One of the greatest weaknesses in most of us is our lack of faith in ourselves. One of our common failings is to depreciate our tremendous worth." - L. Tom Perry

"Calamities that are not the result of purely natural phenomena usually have their origins, distant and obscure though they may be, in common human failings." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"We learn as much by others' failings as by their teachings. Examples of imperfection is just as useful for achieving perfection as are models of competence and perfection." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"Friends as we are, we would willingly keep your failings to ourselves - even from ourselves if we could, unless by knowing them we could deliver you from them." - Anne Bronte

"One of the things we might want to learn when considering the failings of others is not to gloat because someone else has tripped up." - Desmond Tutu

"The loftiness of understanding embraces all. It requires as much spirit to suffer the failings of others as it does to appreciate their good qualities." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"Whatever their failings as a class may be, and however likely to lose their immortal souls, lawyers do not generally lose papers." - Arthur Cheney Train

"Parents are perhaps the most common object of resentment, the people who are most frequently blamed for all our failings and failures alike." - Theodore Dalrymple

"When you are offended at any man's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger." - Epictetus

"Working together, they will dig out the truth and nothing but the truth about what happened in '99, to assign responsibility, and to look at the institutional failings." - Jose Ramoshorta

"It was to carry the American democratic journey beyond these failings that Black citizens and civil rights workers risked unemployment, violence and death." - Elijah Cummings

"We expect teachers to handle teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and the failings of the family. Then we expect them to educate our children." - John Sculley

"The American Way is an amalgam of our compassion, our strengths, our failings and our attempts to build a better world, a more perfect union." - J Michael Straczynski

"Government has a habit of blaming the private sector for its own failings while taking credit for advances we in fact owe to the private sector." - Thomas Woods

"How we carry what has gone wrong for us is essential to being at home in ourselves, and present to the world with all of its failings." - Krista Tippett

"When we hide our failings from others, we seek to hide them from ourselves, and it is in the latter attempt that we are most successful." - Pierre Nicole

"You learn who you really are in a fight - what you're really made of. You have to face yourself and rise above your own fears and failings." - Tami Hoag

"It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. It is in our follies that we are one." - Jerome K Jerome

"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." - A.W. Hare

"I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings behind closed doors with my family. Those feelings should be shared by us alone." - Tiger Woods

"When you are offended at anyone's fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. By attending to them, you will forget your anger and learn to live wisely." - Marcus Aurelius

"My life is my statement and I try to be true to myself and thusly to other people. Whatever my failings are, they are human and I try to perfect it each day." - William Shatner

"Virtue is only a conflict by which we get the mastery of our failings; that, by which every man proves his peculiar power of understanding the will and spirit of God, is only a silent working of the inner man." - Friedrich Schleiermacher

"Whatever flaws or personal failings afflict them, it remains the case that the overwhelming majority of priests and politicians are honourable and honest - seeking to live out their beliefs and serve society." - Keith O'Brien

"One of man's greatest failings is that he looks almost always for an excuse, in the misfortune that befalls him through his own fault, before looking for a remedy-which means he often finds the remedy too late." - Jean Francois Paul de Gondi

"Heartbreaks, disappointments and even our own weaknesses can serve as stepping-stones to the second half of life transformation. Failings are the foundation for growth. Those who have fallen, failed or 'gone down' are the only ones who understand 'up.'" - Richard Rohr

"One of the great failings of the American education system (in our view) is that young people can graduate from university without any understanding of poverty at home or abroad." - Nicholas D Kristof

"Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world." - Lord Chesterfield

"Conscience was the barmaid of the Victorian soul. Recognizing that human beings were fallible and that their failings, though regrettable, must be humored, conscience would permit, rather ungraciously perhaps, the indulgence of a number of carefully selected desires." - C.E.M. Joad

"Rock 'n Roll is a combination of good ideas dried up by fads, terrible junk, hideous failings in taste and judgment, gullibility and manipulation, moments of unbelievable clarity and invention, pleasure, fun, vulgarity, excess, novelty and utter enervation." - Greil Marcus

"A very man - not one of nature's clods - With human failings, whether saint or sinner: Endowed perhaps with genius from the gods But apt to take his temper from his dinner." - John Godfrey Saxe

"Its failings notwithstanding, there is much to be said in favor of journalism in that by giving us the opinion of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community." - Oscar Wilde

"There is only rest and peace In the city of Surcease From the failings and the wailings 'neath the sun, And the wings of the swift years Beat but gently o'er the biers Making music to the sleepers every one." - Richard Eugene Burton

"It is only when we stand up, with all our failings and sufferings, and try to support others rather than withdraw into ourselves, that we can fully live the life of community." - Jean Vanier

"The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savors less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues." - William Hazlitt

"Conscience was the barmaid of the Victorian soul. Recognizing that human beings were fallible and that their failings, though regrettable, must be humored, conscience would permit, rather ungraciously perhaps, the indulgence of a number of carefully selected desires." - C. E. M. Joad

"In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings." - Alfred Hitchcock

"You cry out in your sleep - all my failings expose. There's a taste in my mouth, as desperation takes holdJust that something so good just can't function no more. When love, love will tear us apart again." - Ian Curtis

"Rock 'n' Roll is a combination of good ideas dried up by fads, terrible junk, hideous failings in taste and judgment, gullibility and manipulation, moments of unbelievable clarity and invention, pleasure, fun, vulgarity, excess, novelty and utter enervation." - Greil Marcus

"Endeavor to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort 'soever they be; for that thyself also has many failings which must be borned with by others." - Thomas A Kempis

"DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document... DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making bestseller-its major failings notwithstanding." - Loren Mosher

"though humility and acknowledgement of one's real failings is good, the gratuitous eating of worms not put before us by God does not nourish our souls a bit - merely in fact upsets the spiritual tummy." - Evelyn Underhill

"Throughout the world today there is a gowing awareness of the failings of the Western model of development and a corresponding desire to look for more human-scale, ecological ways of living." - Helena Norberg-Hodge

"It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch one another and find sympathy. We differ widely enough in our nobler qualities. It is in our follies that we are at one." - Jerome K Jerome

"What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage to advocate them?" - Jane Addams

"The days of looking the other way while despotic regimes trample human rights, rob their nations' wealth, and then excuse their failings by feeding their people a steady diet of anti-Western hatred are over." - Dick Cheney

"Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And even his failings lean'd to Virtue's side." - Oliver Goldsmith

"The American press is extraordinarily free and vigorous, as it should be. It should be, not because it is free of inaccuracy, oversimplification and bias, but because the alternative to that freedom is worse than those failings." - Robert Bork

"We are all impacted by the failings of a news media that almost always chooses which stories to cover according to the priorities and perspectives of white men with private educations." - Catherine Mayer

"Great merit, or great failings, will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked in the general run of the world." - Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

"As a writer, you have control: You can play around with your own thoughts and when you find those insufficient, draw upon others': their wisdom, their humor, their failings." - Marty Nemko

"When we talk about the assertion of basically new government privileges with weak or no justification, we don't even have to look at international law to see the failings in them." - Edward Snowden

"Storytelling has always been at the heart of being human because it serves some of our most basic needs: passing along our traditions, confessing failings, healing wounds, engendering hope, strengthening our sense of community." - Parker J. Palmer

"The young readers I have interacted with carry old concerns repackaged in the skin of a new generation: puzzlement over continuous national moral failings, contradictions with the elders, nostalgia for a nonexistent Kenyan past." - Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor

"There is the expectation that a younger generation has the opportunity to redeem the crimes and failings of their elders and would have the strength and idealism to do so." - Joyce Carol Oates

"He (the Professor) was a failure but did his best to hid it. One of his failings was that he could barely write, except in a twelfth century hand, in Latin, with abbreviations." - T. H. White

"People like you always help the far-right, because you like to hurt people, and you like to talk about how bad people are and all their personal failings." - Bill Clinton

"Careless their merits or their faults to scan, His pity gave ere charity began. Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride, And e'en his failings leaned to Virtue's side." - Oliver Goldsmith

"Such self-referent misgivings creates stress and undermine effective use of the competencies people possess by diverting attention from how best to proceed to concern over personal failings and possible mishaps" - Albert Bandura

"It is a strength of character to acknowledge our failings and our strong points, and it is a weakness of character not to remain in harmony with both the good and the bad that is within us." - Madeleine de Souvre, marquise de ...

"The confession of our failings is a thankless office. It savours less of sincerity or modesty than of ostentation. It seems as if we thought our weaknesses as good as other people's virtues." - William Hazlitt

"Ugly reports and conversations are always available to those who would promote the sordid and sensational. None of us are yet perfect. We each have failings that aren't terribly difficult to detect especially if that is the aim." - Marvin J Ashton

"One of the big failings of art schools is that students aren't given any teaching on how to survive as a one-person business, which is what it is." - Stuart Pearson Wright

"Scotland is my country, the nation that shaped me, that taught me my values. A nation whose achievements inspired and inspire me, a community whose failings drive me - drive my overwhelming desire to fight for social justice and equality." - Johann Lamont

"Whatever flaws or personal failings afflict them, it remains the case that the overwhelming majority of priests and politicians are honourable and honest - seeking to live out their beliefs and serve society." - Keith Obrien

"I grew up in a family that despised displays of strong emotion, rage in particular. We stewed. We sulked. When arguments did occur, they were full-scale conniptions, and we regarded them as family failings." - Koren Zailckas

"Only as you do know yourself can your brain serve you as a sharp and efficient tool. Know your own failings, passions, and prejudices so you can separate them from what you see." - Bernard Baruch

"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

"One of the common failings among honorable people is a failure to appreciate how thoroughly dishonorable some other people can be, and how dangerous it is to trust them." - Thomas Sowell

"The stereotypical gay man is someone whose company I enjoy, someone who makes me laugh, someone I'd want my kid to be. The stereotypical gay woman makes me insecure, conscious of my failings as a feminist." - Ayelet Waldman

"But I always wanted my characters to be more than cyphers for the failings of their world. And I never had to look too hard to find a part of myself in them." - Douglas Sirk

"He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls." - Edmund Burke

"Take care, these Italians, full of failings, are neither you, nor me; they are your neighbors, the ones you meet on the staircase and whom you do not like to greet." - Alberto Sordi

"DSM-IV is the fabrication upon which psychiatry seeks acceptance by medicine in general. Insiders know it is more a political than scientific document... DSM-IV has become a bible and a money making bestseller-its major failings notwithstanding." - Loren Mosher

"Some people simply use their faith as a lexicon of behavioral reasoning; without that they would be forced to face their own moral and ethical failings honestly according to a secular code of right and wrong." - Deborah Feldman

"All human beings have failings, all human beings have needs and temptations and stresses. Men and women who live together through long years get to know one another's failings; but they also come to know what is worthy of respect and admiration in those they live with and in themselves. If at the end one can say, This man used to the limit the powers that God granted him; he was worthy of love and respect and of the sacrifices of many people, made in order that he might achieve what he deemed to be his task, then that life has been lived well and there are no regrets." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you gossip about another person, listeners unconsciously associate you with the characteristics you are describing, ultimately leading to those characteristics' being "transferred" to you. So, say positive and pleasant things about friends and colleagues, and you are seen as a nice person. In contrast, constantly complain about their failings, and people will unconsciously apply the negative traits and incompetence to you." - Richard Wiseman

"Her heart-is given him, with all its love and truth. She would joyfully die with him, or, better than that, die for him. She knows he has failings, but she thinks they have grown up through his being like one cast away, for the want of something to trust in, and care for, and think well of." - Charles Dickens

"To be a tourist is to escape accountability. Errors and failings don't cling to you the way they do back home. You're able to drift across continents and languages, suspending the operation of sound thought. Tourism is the march of stupidity." - Don Delillo

"We are all, by nature, clearly oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others' generosity to meanness. And who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment?" - Dalai Lama

"Only Jesus Christ is uniquely qualified to provide that hope, that confidence, and that strength we need to overcome the world and rise above our human failings. To do so, we must place our faith in Him and live by His laws and teachings." - Ezra Taft Benson

"Great merit or great failings will make you respected or despised; but trifles, little attentions, mere nothings, either done or neglected, will make you either liked or disliked, in the general run of the world. Examine yourself, why you like such and such people and dislike such and such others; and you will find that those different sentiments proceed from very slight causes." - Lord Chesterfield

"Prayer brings a good spirit in our homes. For God hears prayer. Heaven itself would come down to our homes. And even though we who constitute the home all have our imperfections and our failings, our home would, through God's answer to prayer, become a little paradise." - Ole Hallesby

"My dog does have his failings, of course. He's afraid of firecrackers and hides in the clothes closet whenever we run the vacuum cleaner, but, unlike me he's not afraid of what other people think of him or anxious about his public image." - Gary A. Kowalski

"Here was a boy who liked flaws, who saw them not as failings but as strengths. Who knew such a person could exist, or what would have happened if we'd found each other under different circumstances? Maybe in a perfect world. But not in this one." - Sarah Dessen

"I wasn't a fabulous cook. I didn't have a boyfriend, much less a husband. And I wasn't a big financial success. I could live with all those failings as long as I knew that once in a while I looked really hot." - Janet Evanovich

"To be shown love is to feel ourselves the object of concern: our presence is noted, our name is registered, our views are listened to, our failings are treated with indulgence and our needs are ministered to. And under such care, we flourish." - Alain De Botton

"I don't pick my presidents because they were great presidents. I'm not much interested in ranking presidents and who is the best and who is the worst. I am much more inclined to be interested in them if they had an interesting life and if they were a complete person - and by that I mean they also had flaws and failings." - David Mccullough

"It is a noble and great thing to cover the blemishes and excuse the failings of a friend; to draw a curtain before his weaknesses and to display his perfections; to bury his shortcomings in silence but to proclaim his virtues on the housetop." - Robert South

"We are all, by nature, clearly oriented toward the basic human values of love and compassion. We all prefer the love of others to their hatred. We all prefer others" generosity to meanness. And who is there among us who does not prefer tolerance, respect and forgiveness of our failings to bigotry, disrespect, and resentment?" - Dalai Lama

"It is a noble and a great thing to cover the blemishes and to excuse the failings of a friend; to draw a curtain before his stains, and to display his perfections; to bury his weaknesses in silence, but to proclaim his virtues upon the house-top." - Robert South

"I was' a fabulous cook. I did' have a boyfriend, much less a husband. And I was' a big financial success. I could live with all those failings as long as I knew that once in a while I looked really hot." - Janet Evanovich

"It will make you powerful. But it will also make you weak. Your prowess in combat will be beyond any mortal's, but your weaknesses, your failings will increase as well." You mean I'll have a bad heel?" I said. "Couldn't I just, like, wear something besides sandals? No offense." - Rick Riordan

"I thank God for having given the Company subjects who belong more to Him than to themselves, and who serve the neighbor at the risk of their lives! They are like unrefined gold, which becomes visible in fire and which would otherwise remain hidden under ordinary actions and sometimes under faults and failings." - Vincent de Paul

"The humor is essentially dark for a cartoon and sophisticated. But at the same time, being a cartoon gives the writers more freedom than in a normal sitcom. It always pushes the line that, despite human failings, the Simpsons are really decent people" - Dan Castellaneta

"The clergy [in the 14th century] on the whole were probably no more lecherous or greedy or untrustworthy than other men, but because they were supposed to be better or nearer to God than other men, their failings attracted more attention." - Barbara Tuchman



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