“Well, a dog has to have a few fleas to know he’s a dog.”

In context:

Though he sets high standards for himself, his compassion for those who struggle and fall short is a hallmark of his life. After a discussion with some brethren regarding the brusqueness of a certain priesthood leader, Elder Nelson summarized the discussion by saying, “And, of course, we wouldn’t want him any other way.” In this regard, he shares the charity exhibited by President David O. McKay, who, when told of a fault of a given individual, replied, “Well, a dog has to have a few fleas to know he’s a dog.”

Condie, Spencer J.. Russell M. Nelson: Father, Surgeon, Apostle (Kindle Locations 5140-5144). Deseret Book Company. Kindle Edition.

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