I know, my dear, that there exists a considerable disparity between us in years, in temperament, and perhaps some other things; but let me assure you, I shall not be severe to mark the faults and foibles
of a young and ardent nature such as yours, and while I acknowledge them to myself, and even rebuke them with all a father's care, believe me, no youthful lover could be more tenderly indulgent towards the object of his affections than I to you; and, on the other hand, let me hope that my more experienced years and graver habits of reflection will be no disparagement in your eyes, as I shall endeavour to make them all conducive to your happiness.
Now that was tact, for two of the ruling foibles
of the masculine mind were touched.
Fortunately for those who pay their court through such foibles
, a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing; and the excessive affection and endurance of the Miss Steeles towards her offspring were viewed therefore by Lady Middleton without the smallest surprise or distrust.
e, (to express the general conflict,) and it evinced some indifference to the honour of the country; but it was spoken by Athelstane, whom he held in such profound respect, that he would not trust himself to canvass his motives or his foibles
With all his faults and foibles
, we cannot but speak of him with esteem, and deplore his untimely fate; for we remember him well in early life, as a companion in pleasant scenes and joyous hours.
They made up for the respect with which unconsciously they treated him by laughing at his foibles
and lamenting his vices.
Others, on the contrary, are disposed to form unfavourable opinions of her mind, and disposition, if it be but to excuse themselves for their instinctive dislike of one so unfavoured by nature; and visa versa with her whose angel form conceals a vicious heart, or sheds a false, deceitful charm over defects and foibles
that would not be tolerated in another.
was patriotism; I was ruined by the baneful habit of trying to serve my country.
I think this is a foible
, and a disadvantage, but I do not deny it.
Rosa sighed, yet without any bitter feeling, but rather like a woman who begins to understand a foible
, and to accustom herself to it.
He was thought witty, thanks to his foible
for relating a quantity of anecdotes on the reign of Louis XV.
In the second letter, penned in 1796, he wrote: "He had certainly many shining qualities, blended with foibles
of various kinds, the most irreconcilable whereof were his political principles, which somehow unluckily was rooted, and proves now a drawback to the humane feelings of many, but such a Genious [sic] as he possessed behoved to have eccentricities of some kind or other.
Creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin highlight the follies and foibles
of contemporary politics, writing much of the show in the hours leading up to transmission.
When the history books are written, the current Queen will be the gold standard.
We can laugh loudly as we recognize that her foibles
are our foibles
, as we wearily acknowledge that, although women are often criticized for those foibles
, we can sort of accept who we are.