„There may be one fault in a man that conceals a thousand qualities, or one excellence that conceals a thousand faults. The little indicates much.“

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Shams de Tabriz
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„Let a defect, which is possibly but small, appear undisguised.
A fault concealed is presumed to be great.“

—  Martial Latin poet from Hispania 40 - 104
Variant translation: Conceal a flaw, and the world will imagine the worst. III, 42.

George Henry Lewes photo

„It is not by his faults, but by his excellences, that we measure a great man.“

—  George Henry Lewes British philosopher 1817 - 1878
On Actors and the Art of Acting (Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1875) p. 13

Marvin Minsky photo

„Did ever the history of the intellect so little conceal so much?“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte Scottish industrial engineer 1896 - 1972
Context: Did ever the history of the intellect so little conceal so much?<!--p.6

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher photo

„Even a man's faults may reflect his virtues.“

—  John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher Royal Navy admiral of the fleet 1841 - 1920
p. 273. https://archive.org/stream/memoriesbyadmira00fishuoft#page/273/mode/1up

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Augusto Pinochet photo

„He could have a thousand faults, but I do not blame anyone in particular and I despise brutality with which the Nazis acted against Israelites; but the fault is not only of Hitler, but a group of high-ranked dignitaries.“

—  Augusto Pinochet Former dictator of the republic of Chile 1915 - 2006
Interview (1989) quoted in " "Ego sum Pinochet" 1989, Inteview to Augusto Pinochet, authors Raquel Correa and Elizabeth Subercaseaux. http://www.guerraeterna.com/archives/2006/12/pinochet_y_hitl.html"

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo

„Don't join the book burners. Don't think you are going to conceal faults by concealing evidence that they ever existed. Don't be afraid to go in your library and read every book, as long as that document does not offend our own ideas of decency. That should be the only censorship.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
Remarks at the Dartmouth College Commencement Exercises http://www.eisenhower.archives.gov/all_about_ike/quotes.html#censorship (14 June 1953)

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Friedrich Nietzsche photo

„O, what nowadays does science not conceal! How much, at least, it is meant to conceal!“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
Essay 3, Aphorism 23

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