DOUBTFUL where I fain would rest,
Frailest where I seem the best,
Only strong for lack of test,
What am I that I should press
Special pleas of selfishness,
Coolly mounting into heaven
On my neighbour unforgiven?
John G. Whittier
EVERY man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults. As no man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it, so no man has a thorough acquaintance with the hindrances or talents of men, until he has suffered from one, and seen the triumph of the other over his own want of the same.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
IF thou canst not make thyself such an one as thou wouldest, how canst thou expect to have another in all things to thy liking? We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults.
Thomas A Kempis