Propose to any englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the english mind is directed to find a difficulty, defect or an impossibility in it.
There is hardly any personal defect which an agreeable manner might not gradually reconcile one to. - Jane Austen
For me the saddest thing was that these animals smelled the brokenness in him – the human defect – and kept away. - Alice Sebold
A common defect of modern art study is that too many students do not know why they draw. - Robert Henri
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. - Lao Tzu
Memory depends very much on the perspicuity, regularity, and order of our thoughts. Many complain of the want of memory, when the defect is in the judgment; and others, by grasping at all, retain nothing. - Thomas Fuller
OSTRICH, n. A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly. - Ambrose Bierce