Doubtless his conduct is much more graceful when mixed with inadvertency and trouble; miscarriages and ill successes give him point and grace; provided it be sharp and eager, ‘tis no great matter whether it be prudent or no: do but observe how he goes reeling, tripping, and playing: you put him in the stocks when you guide him by art and wisdom; and he is restrained of his divine liberty when put into those hairy and callous clutches. Since the accession of Commodus, the Roman world had experienced, during the term of forty years, the successive and various vices of four tyrants. Keep full of coal. and equally firm; but the one gaily and the other severely, and so far as it is able, to be careful to extinguish the one as to extend the other. “Fine fellows!” said Rostóv laughing.
However, I committed some infidelities, in inquiring what others said of me by way of blame. Our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not; and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues. All’s Well, iv. of Ver., iii.