Society mediates between the extremes of, on the one hand, intolerably strict morality and, on the other, dangerously anarchic permissiveness through an unspoken agreement whereby we are given leave to bend the rules of the strictest morality, provided we do so quietly and discreetly. Hypocrisy is the grease that keeps society functioning in an agreeable way, by allowing for human fallibility and reconciling the seemingly irreconcilable human needs for order and pleasure.
To confess your fallibility and then do nothing about it is not humble ; it is boasting of your modesty .eliezer yudkowsky
All businesses operate below their true potential. That is unavoidable, given the fallibility of human beings.
Perhaps there is no literature in Europe that mirrors so clearly as the Portuguese, the painful conflict in the minds of people who, on the one hand, by their humanistic education, not only knew better but also more uncritically admired, ancient learning than their medieval predecessors, and, who, on the other hand, in the same epoch, were confronted with abundant proofs of the insufficiency and fallibility of that same Antiquity.
A Judge must determine, not by the crooked cord of discretion,1 but by the golden mete-wand of the law! I admit that corruption is not to be imputed or supposed in any Judge, but fallibility must be admitted humanum est errare; neither would I subject the opinion of a Judge upon matters of fact to be canvassed before, or submitted to the consideration of juries.
Unfortunately for the good sense of mankind , the fact of their fallibility is far from carrying the weight in their practical judgment , which is always allowed to it in theory ; for while every one well knows himself to be fallible , few think it necessary to take any precautions against their own fallibility, or admit the supposition that any opinion , of which they feel very certain, may be one of the examples of the error to which they acknowledge themselves to be liable.