Timon of Athens "Every Man Has His Fault, And Honesty Is His"
by William Shakespeare

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"Every Man Has His Fault, And Honesty Is His"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

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Context: Timon, wealthy and generous Athenian nobleman, finally realizing that his indebtedness has become much greater than his wealth, dispatches Flaminius, a trusted servant, to borrow some money to meet the demands of his creditors, from Lucullus, a friend and frequent recipient of Timon's largesse. The refusal of assistance by Lucullus and his condemnation of Timon for too much honesty is typical of the responses Timon receives from his friends. When Flaminius presents the request of his master, "nothing doubting your present assistance therein," Lucullus replies:

LUCULLUSLa, la, la, la! Nothing doubting, says he? Alas good lord! A noble gentleman 'tis, if he would not keep so good a house. Many a time and often I ha' dined with him, and told him on't, and come again to supper to him of purpose to have him spend less, and yet he would embrace no counsel, take no warning by my coming. Every man has his fault, and honesty is his. I ha' told him on't, but I could ne'er get him from't.