Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
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- It is only necessary to grow old to become more charitable and even indulgent. I see no fault committed by others that I have not committed myself.
- People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.
- We must not take the faults of our youth with us into old age, for age brings along its own defects.
- Self-love is often rather arrogant than blind; it does not hide our faults from ourselves, but persuades us that they escape the notice of others.
- The hero draws inspiration from the virtue of his ancestors.
- Courage and modesty are the most unequivocal of virtues, for they are of a kind that hypocrisy cannot imitate; they too have this quality in common, that they are expressed by the same color.