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The majority of people have not the courage to correct others because they don't have the courage to bear correction themselves.

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Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

Socrates (BC 469-BC 399) Greek philosopher of Athens

The heart of every man lies open to the shafts of correction if the archer can take proper aim.

Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774) Irish writer, poet, and physician.

When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement. When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.

Horace Mann (1796-1859) U.S. educator.

Private reproof is the best grave for private faults.


Rebuke should have a grain more of salt than of sugar.


Rebuke with soft words and hard arguments.


Some who will not speak against another, in the end does them harm.


With children use force with men reason; such is the natural order of things. The wise man requires no law.

Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) Swiss political philosopher and essayist.

To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher.