Vice And Virtue Quotes

Most popular vice & virtue quotes

Vice and virtue have one thing in common: the more people have of either, the less they think they have.
Sometimes Virtue starves, while Vice is fed.
Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice.
There are amiable vices and obnoxious virtues.
Vice often rides triumphant in virtue's chariot.


Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
I prefer a comfortable vice to a virtue that bores.
Vices creep into our hearts under the name of virtues.
I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue.
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
We try to make a virtue of vices we are loath to correct.
Vice is always in the active, virtue often in the passive.
There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.
It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
Virtue consists not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.


Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.
Small injustice dresses up as vice; large injustice dresses up as virtue.


Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

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Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or to vice.

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There is no vice so simple, but assumes
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
We should cease to grow the moment we cease to discriminate between virtue and vice.
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied,
And vice sometime's by action dignified.
There is a capacity of virtue in us, and there is a capacity of vice to make your blood creep.
It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Our virtues and vices couple with one another, and get children that resemble both of their parents.
We have always failed in replacing vice with virtue and succeeded in replacing vice with lesser vice.
We are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.


You may have noted the fact that it is a person's virtues as often as his vices that make him difficult to live with.
There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.


Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.


When I the most strictly and religiously confess myself, I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of the whole city.
It is easier to get on with vices than with virtues.  The vices, accommodating by nature, help each other, are full of mutual indulgence, whereas the jealous virtues combat and annihilate each other, showing in everything their incompatibility and their intolerance.