Vice Quotes

Most popular vice quotes

Vice is its own reward.
He who hates vices hates men.
Let thy vices die before thee.
Vices are their own punishment.
Every vice has its excuse ready.
He hasn't a single redeeming vice.
Vice knows she's ugly, so puts on her Mask.
This is the danger, when vice becomes a precedent.


Vice would be frightful if it did not wear a mask.


One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
At the heart of every vice sits selfishness, yawning.


What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.


Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.


The vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves.
Vice  is a coward; to be truly brave, a man must be truly good.


Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.


When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.
Vice does not lose its nature, though it become ever so fashionable.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.


So in the wicked there's no vice
Of which the saints have not a spice.
We make a ladder of our vices if we trample those same vices underfoot.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

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It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.
I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices.
Depend upon it, of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.

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Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; Robbed and furr'd gowns hide all.
Many a man's vices have at first been nothing worse than good qualities run wild.
When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before.
The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for errors, and those of the poor and lowly for crimes.
The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.


We are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.

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The hour of reformation is always delayed; every delay gives vice another opportunity of fortifying itself by habit.
Some, either from being glued to vice by a natural attachment, or from long habit, no longer recognize its ugliness.
There are certain small faults that offset great virtues. There are certain great faults that are forgotten in small virtues.


Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
I am on the side of those who believe that vice comes from stupidity and consequently that the nearer one draws to wisdom the farther one gets from vice.

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien
As to be hated, needs but to be seen;
But seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
It may be that vice, depravity, and crime are nearly always, or even perhaps always, in their essence, attempts to eat beauty, to eat what we should only look at.
It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that Vice can obtain a lodging.  When she knocks at your door, my son, be able to say, "No room for your ladyship—pass on."
I refuse to make a hierarchy of human actions and ascribe worthiness to some and ill-repute to others. The terms vice and virtue have no significance for me. I do not confer praise or blame: I accept.


Astronomy was born of superstition; eloquence of ambition, hatred, falsehood, and flattery; geometry of avarice; physics of an idle curiosity; and even moral philosophy of human pride.  Thus the arts and sciences owe their birth to our vices.
A sympathetic person is placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he give so much as a leg or a finger, they will drown him.  They wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.