VICE QUOTES

quotations about vice

Vice quote

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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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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Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness.

LYSANDER SPOONER, "Vices are not crimes", Niagara Falls Reporter, May 6, 2014

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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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Virtue and vice are the only things in this world, which, with our souls, are capable of surviving death; the former is the rational and only procuring cause of all intellectual happiness, and the latter of conscious guilt and misery; and therefore, our indispensable duty and ultimate interest is, to love, cultivate and improve the one, as the means of our greatest good, and to hate and abstain from the other, as productive of our greatest evil.

ETHAN ALLEN, Reason: The Only Oracle of Man

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Underneath the topmost layers of frailty, men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed most of their vices are attempted shortcuts to love.

JOHN STEINBECK, attributed, The Practice of Psychological Assessment

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When we talk about vices, we generally talk, as we have done here, about individuals doing things we consider to be bad. But there is another side to all this: Who is 'we'? How does this 'we' decide what is good and bad?

GREG BRUCE, "What is a vice and how do we get over them?", New Zealand Herald, April 22, 2017

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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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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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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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