VICE QUOTES

quotations about vice

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One big vice in a man is apt to keep out a great many smaller ones.

BRET HARTE, "Two Men of Sandy Bar"

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The moral cement of all society is virtue; it unites and preserves, while vice separates and destroys.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!

CHARLES DICKENS, Dombey and Son

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Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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In some way the secret vice exhales its poison; and the evil passion, however cunningly masked, stains through to the surface.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, attributed, The Wit & Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln: A Treasury of Quotations, Anecdotes, and Observations

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Men often abstain from the grosser vices as too coarse and common for their appetites, while the vices which are frosted and ornamented are served up to them as delicacies.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

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Virtue makes us appear amiable to others; vice, contemptible even to ourselves.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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Every deed of dishonor, every victim of vice, every ghastly spectacle of crime, is an eloquent testimony to the need and the worth of virtue.

E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words

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What makes Existence really nice
Is Virtue--with a dash of Vice.

HARRY GRAHAM, Perverted Proverbs

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To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.

OUIDA, Two Little Wooden Shoes

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It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.

HOSEA BALLOU, Treasury of Thought

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One of the affecting features in a life of vice is the longing, wistful outlooks given by the wretches who struggle with unbridled passions, towards virtues which are no longer within their reach. Men in the tide of vice are sometimes like the poor creatures swept down the stream of mighty rivers, who see people safe on shore, and trees, and flowers, as they go quickly past; and all things that are desirable gleam upon them for a moment to heighten their trouble, and to aggravate their swift-coming destruction.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

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Virtue and vice are concepts invented by human beings, words for a morality which human beings arbitrarily devised.

OSAMU DAZAI, No Longer Human

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There is probably no one, however rigid his virtue, who is not liable to find himself, by the complexity of circumstances, living at close quarters with the very vice which he himself has been most outspoken in condemning -- without altogether recognizing it beneath the disguise of ambiguous behavior which it assumes in his presence.

MARCEL PROUST, Swann's Way

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The general tendency [is] to be censorious of the vices to which one has not been tempted.

REBECCA WEST, The Thinking Reed

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Vice knows she's ugly, so puts on her Mask.

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1746

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We tolerate without rebuke the vices with which we have grown familiar.

PUBLILIUS SYRUS, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

ALEXANDER POPE, Essay on Man

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Alas, the vices of man, as horrifying as they are presumed to be, contain proof (if only in their infinite expansiveness!) of his bent for the infinite.

CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, "Le poème du haschisch", Les Paradis Artificiels

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