Quote of Note #96: Patience with the Failings of Others


Water Lily in the Dark
Water Lily in the Dark; photo by GAC

“Endeavour to be patient in bearing with the defects and infirmities of others, of what sort soever they be; for that thyself also hast many failings which must be borne with by others.  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 à Kempis, Of the Imitation of Christ.  London: Oxford University Press, 1920, I,16,ii.

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