His very faults smack of the raciness of his
WASHINGTONIRVING—Sketch Book. John Bull.
s (See also D'IsrAELI)
22 And oftentimes, excusing of a fault Doth make the fault the worse by the excuse, As patches set upon a little breach,
Bad men excuse their faults, good men will
Discredit more in hiding of the fault,
BEN Jonson—Catiline. Act III. Sc. 2.
9 - -
Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditione querentes? Than did the fault before it was so patched.
Who'd bear to hear the Gracchi chide sedi- King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 30.
tion? (Listen to those who denounce what (See also MEURIER)
they do themselves.) 23 - -- -
UVFNAL–Satires. II. 24. All's not offence that indiscretion finds.
J wres King Lear. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 198.
Her new barkis worse than ten timesher oldbite.
Lowell—A Fable for Critics. L. 28.
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.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 37.
25 Go to your bosom; Knock there, and ask your heart what it doth
ow That's like my brother's fault. Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 136.
Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud;
Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.
All men make faults.