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

proverbs

This is the danger, when vice becomes a precedent.

precedent

One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.
What once were vices, are now the manners of the day.

manners

At the heart of every vice sits selfishness, yawning.

selfishness

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

funny

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.

bravery

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

virtue

When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them.
Vice does not lose its nature, though it become ever so fashionable.
So in the wicked there's no vice
Of which the saints have not a spice.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.

innocence

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.
I haven't a particle of confidence in a man who has no redeeming petty vices.
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.
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.

crime

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

vice & virtue

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

virtue

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.

stupidity wisdom

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.

virtue

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.

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