The awareness of their individual blemishes and shortcomings inclines the frustrated to detect ill will and meanness in their fellow men. Self-contempt, however vague, sharpens our eyes for the imperfections of others. We usually strive to reveal in others the blemishes we hide in ourselves.
In giving you these tapes, blemishes and all, I am placing my trust in the basic fairness of the American people.
[...] for the Doctor observed, that no man takes upon himself small blemishes without supposing that great abilities are attributed to him; and that, in short, this affectation of candour or modesty was but another kind of indirect self-praise, and had its foundation in vanity.james boswell
The Constitution admittedly has a few defects and blemishes, but it still seems a hell of a lot better than the system we have now.robert anton wilson