one rotten (or bad) apple spoils the barrel quotes

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In the gingham-mill, a broken thread or a shred spool spoils the web through a piece of a hundred yards, and is traced back to the ...
All the critics who could not make their reputations by discovering you are hoping to make them by predicting hopefully your appro ...
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, th ...
The right merchant is one who has the just average of faculties we call common sense; a man of a strong affinity for facts, who ma ...
[I] am now struggling to enter the portals of the profession in which is locked up the passport which is to conduct me to all that ...
To rescue from oblivion even a fragment of a language which men have used and which is in danger of being lost--that is to say, on ...
Only in the most unusual cases is it useful to determine whether a book is good or bad; for it is just as rare for it to be one or ...
One reason writers write is out of revenge. Life hurts; certain ideas and experiences hurt; one wants to clarify, to set out illum ...
Great writers are either husbands or lovers. Some writers supply the solid virtues of a husband: reliability, intelligibility, gen ...
My father was a gentleman of many virtues,--but he had a strong spice of that in his temper which might, or might not, add to the ...
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