…is postmodernity the pastime of an old man who scrounges in the garbage-heap of finality looking for leftovers, who brandishes unconsciousnesses, lapses, limits, confines, goulags, parataxes, non-senses, or paradoxes, and who turns this into the glory of his novelty, into his promise of change? - Jean-François Lyotard
The essence of true friendship is to make allowances for another's little lapses.
The most considerable difference I note among men is not in their readiness to fall into error, but in their readiness to acknowledge these inevitable lapses. - Thomas Henry Huxley
Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. Genius must always have lapses proportionate to its triumphs. - Max Beerbohm