For just consider, if you transgress and err
in this sort of way, what good will you do either to yourself or to your friends?
They know from experience that they sometimes err
; and the wonder is that they so seldom err
as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.
I may err
, I am but man, but I believe in all I do.
Say not so," quickly returned Monte Cristo -- "say not so, my friends; angels never err
, celestial beings remain where they wish to be.
A prince does not spend much on colonies, for with little or no expense he can send them out and keep them there, and he offends a minority only of the citizens from whom he takes lands and houses to give them to the new inhabitants; and those whom he offends, remaining poor and scattered, are never able to injure him; whilst the rest being uninjured are easily kept quiet, and at the same time are anxious not to err
for fear it should happen to them as it has to those who have been despoiled.
What Wickham had said of the living was fresh in her memory, and as she recalled his very words, it was impossible not to feel that there was gross duplicity on one side or the other; and, for a few moments, she flattered herself that her wishes did not err
No, I do not," said Fanny softly, hoping she did not err
either in the belief or the acknowledgment of it.
As regards the greater truths, men oftener err
by seeking them at the bottom than at the top; Truth lies in the huge abysses where wisdom is sought-not in the palpable palaces where she is found.
Neither is it almost seen, that very beautiful persons are otherwise of great virtue; as if nature were rather busy, not to err
, than in labor to produce excellency.
All founders of states endeavour to comprehend within their own plan everything of nearly the same kind with it; but in doing this they err
, in the manner I have already described in treating of the preservation and destruction of governments.
Great statesmen err
, and why not small medical men?
Therein you err
," the Pocketer explained; "that note was written in the bank with our own pen, ink, and paper, and we have not paid a stationery bill for six months.