Friday, 4 March 2022

of Bearing with the Defects of Others

 “Endeavor 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 a one as thou wouldest, how canst thou expect to have another fashioned to thy liking? We would willingly have others perfect, and yet we amend not our own faults. We will have others severely corrected, and will not be corrected ourselves. The large liberty of others displeaseth us; and yet we will not have our own desires denied us. We will have others kept under by strict laws; but in no way will ourselves be restrained. And thus it appeared, how seldom we weigh our neighbor in the same balance with ourselves.”

Thomas A’ Kempis
Book One, Chapter 16

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