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Quotations about Vices

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What is a vice—any vice—but the overwhelming of reason and conscience by an anarchy of passion? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is more than a morsel of truth in the saying, "He who hates vice hates mankind."  ~W. MacNeile Dixon

Minor vices lead to major ones, but minor virtues stay put.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

We are more inclined to regret our virtues than our vices; but only the very honest will admit this.  ~Holbrook Jackson

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.  ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Never support two weaknesses at the same time.  It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute.  ~Thornton Wilder

It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues.  ~Abraham Lincoln

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.  ~J. Petit-Senn

Idleness is the beginning of all vices.  ~Proverb

There are two types of people in this world, good and bad.  The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.  ~Woody Allen

The Anglo-Saxon conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't; it just keeps you from enjoying it.  ~Salvador de Madariaga

If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?  ~John Churton Collins, Aphorisms in the English Review, 1914

If angels are about our path... I cannot but think that they are sad and cover their faces with their hands, when in an unguarded moment those whom they watch over are tempted to wickedness. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1836

When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices.  ~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  ~Bertrand Arthur William Russell, On Education, 1926

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.  ~Walter Bagehot

Our virtues and vices couple with one another, and get children that resemble both their parents.  ~George Savile, Marquess de Halifax, Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

Without enthusiasm, virtue functions not at all, and vice only poorly.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.  ~Lady Marguerite Blessington

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