One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fault in a person that is less serious than one in someone else who is being critical.
- ‘I despise how easily these extremists strive to pluck the mote out of someone else's eye while leaving the well-rooted tree that's in their own.’
- ‘Look at the mote in your own eye first, congressman.’
- ‘If this fight is only to be a yelling match about the motes in each other's eyes I am not interested in participating.’
- ‘So East had a mote in his eye and was fortunate that his partner did not notice it.’
- ‘And to the British and European hypocrites who thought this was a good idea, I say remove the beam from your own eye before taking the mote from my eye.’
- ‘If locals want to pluck the mote of financial mismanagement from the eye of their Government they need to start by removing the planks of laziness and indifference from their own.’
- ‘Ever since Black Wednesday, in March 1996, the rest of Europe has regarded BSE as being a peculiarly British disease, but these last 12 months have seen a rude awakening to the mote in their own eye.’
- ‘But if he noticed the beam in the eye of the other, he could not see the mote in his own.’
- ‘I seem to recall something in the Bible about removing the mote from one's own eye before pointing to the splinter in someone else's.’
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