Hiding The Faults Of Others


A Painter was once engaged upon a likeness of 

Alexander the Great. In the course of his battles,

Alexander had received an ugly scar on the

side of his face. The artist was desirous of

giving a correct likeness of the monarch, and

at the same time desirous of hiding the scar.

It was a difficult task to accomplish. At

length he hit upon a happy expedient. He

painted him in a reflective attitude, his hand

placed against his head, while his finger covered

the scar.

The best men are not without their failings,

their scars but do not dwell upon them. In

speaking of them to others, adopt the painter's

expedient, and let the finger of love be placed

on the scar.