Thomas Carlyle quote about blindness from On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History - The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
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The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none.
 Thomas Carlyle, On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and The Heroic in History (1841). copy citation

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“Neither can the faults, imperfections, insincerities even, of Mahomet, if such were never so well proved against him, shake this primary fact about him.
On the whole, we make too much of faults; the details of the business hide the real centre of it. Faults? The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none. Readers of the Bible above all, one would think, might know better. Who is called there "the man according to God's own heart"? David, the Hebrew King, had fallen into sins enough; blackest crimes; there was no want of sins.” source

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