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Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.

Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799) German scientist, satirist and anglophile.

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.

Louis Aragon (1897-1982) French poet, novelist, and essayist.

We all carry within us our places of exile, our crimes, and our ravages. But our task is not to unleash them on the world; it is to fight them in ourselves and in others.

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

If I have any justification for having lived it's simply, I'm nothing but faults, failures and so on, but I have tried to make a good pair of shoes. There's some value in that.

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) 1915-, American Dramatist

It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.

The first faults are theirs that commit them, the second theirs that permit them.

English proverb