Yet the manner, and the air, made up (as I intended they should) for that defect.
What we imagine to be a superior perfection, may really be a defect.
Rousseau's Confessions has precisely this defect—he read it to his friends.
Most often a virtue presents itself side by side with a defect.
Some defect in the latter may be excused, but not in the former.
And we have admitted that justice is the excellence of the soul, and injustice the defect of the soul?
This remedies the defect of our too great nearness to ourselves.
Has he a defect of temper that unfits him to live in society?
His art is less for every deduction from his holiness, and less for every defect of common sense.
Each of these elements in excess makes a mischief as hurtful as its defect.