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Reproof Quotes


These are some of the best 'Reproof' quotations and sayings.

Aversion from reproof is not wise. It is a mark of a little mind. A great man can afford to lose; a little, insignificant fellow is afraid of being snuffed out.

Before thou reprehend another, take heed thou art not culpable in what thou goest about to reprehend. He that cleanses a blot with blotted fingers makes a greater blur.

Better a little chiding than a great deal of heartbreak.

Chide him for faults, and do it reverently when you perceive his blood inclined to mirth.

Few love to hear the sins they love to act.

He had such a gentle method of reproving their faults that they were not so much afraid as ashamed to repeat them.

He who, when called upon to speak a disagreeable truth, tells it boldly and has done, is both bolder and milder than he who nibbles in a low voice and never ceases nibbling.

I never was fit to say a word to a sinner, except when I had a broken heart myself; when I was subdued and melted into penitence, and felt as though I had just received pardon for my own soul, and when my heart was full of tenderness and pity.

I will chide no heathen in the world but myself, against whom I know most faults.

Ill deeds are doubled with an evil word; the sting of a reproach is the truth of it.

Many men are angry with them that tell them of their faults, when they should be angry only with the faults that are told them.

No reproach is like that we clothe in a smile, and present with a bow.

Reproof is a medicine like mercury or opium; if it be improperly administered, it will do harm instead of good.

Reprove not, in their wrath, excited men; good counsel comes all out of season then; but when their fury is appeased and past, they will perceive their faults, and mend at last. When he is cool and calm, then utter it.

Reprove thy friend privately; commend him publicly.

Some persons take reproof good-humoredly enough, unless you are so unlucky as to hit a sore place. Then they wince and writhe, and start up and knock you down for your impertinence, or wish you good morning.

The most difficult province in friendship is the letting a man see his faults and errors, which should if possible be so contrived that he may see our advice is given him, not so much to please ourselves as for his own advantage. - The reproofs, therefore, of a friend should always be strictly just, and not too frequent.

The silent upbraiding of the eye is the very poetry of reproach; it speaks at once to the imagination.

Whenever anything is spoken against you that is not true, do not pass by or despise it because it is false; but forthwith examine yourself, and consider what you have said or done that may administer a just occasion of reproof.