We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects.
Any one is to be pitied who has just sense enough to perceive his deficiencies.
One shining quality lends a luster to another, or hides some glaring defect.
We can forgive a man the defects of his qualities, if only he has the qualities of his defects.
If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
I do not believe that the meaning of the Constitution was forever ‘fixed’ at the Philadelphia Convention… To the contrary, the government they devised was defective from the start, requiring several amendments, a civil war and momentous social transformation to attain the system of constitutional government, and its respect for the individual freedoms and human […]
All the perplexities, confusions, and distresses in America arise, not from defects in their constitution or confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue, so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.
We can talk frankly about our defects only to those who recognize our qualities.
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
When you try to conceal your wrinkles, Polla, with paste made from beans, you deceive yourself, not me. Let a defect, which is possibly but small, appear undisguised. A fault concealed is presumed to be great.