If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
—Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
All good qualities in a child are the result of environment, while all the bad ones are the result of poor heredity on the side of the other parent.
—Elinor Goulding Smith
Never find fault with the absent.
Every human being's essential nature is perfect and faultless, but after years of immersion in the world we easily forget our roots and take on a counterfeit nature.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld