"If people can be educated to see the lowly side of their own natures, it may be hoped that they will also learn to understand and to love their fellow men better. A little less hypocrisy and a little more tolerance toward oneself can only have good results in respect for our neighbors, for we are all too prone to transfer to our fellows the injustice and violence we inflict upon our own natures."
I found this quote very apt about the way we deal with the not-so-bright sides of hostorical figures and leaders. Case in point is the intolerent and hasty reactions towards 'failed-to-understand-the-cultural-tones' claims about homoerotic relationship of Mahatma Gandhi.
He is a great inspite of such true-false discoveries. Isn't it?