The only vice which cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
Hypocrisy is the most difficult and nerve-racking vice that any man can pursue; it needs an unceasing vigilance and a rare detachment of spirit. It cannot, like adultery or gluttony, be practiced at spare moments; it is a whole-time job
The second vice is lying; the first is running in debt.
Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself
Idleness is the grand Pacific Ocean of life, and in that stagnant abyss the most salutary things produce no good, the most noxious no evil. Vice, indeed, abstractedly considered, may be, and often is engendered in idleness; but the moment it becomes efficiently vice, it must quit its cradle and cease to be idle.
If idleness do not produce vice or malevolence, it commonly produces melancholy.
What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.
There, in her den, lay pompous luxury,
Stretch'd out at length; no vice could boast such high
And genial victories as she had won;
Of which proud trophies there at large were shown,
Besides small states and kingdoms ruined
Those mighty monarchies that had o'erspread
The spacious earth, and stretch'd their conquering arms
From pole to pole, by her ensnaring charms
Were quite consum'd; there lay imperial Rome,
That vanquish'd all the world, by her o'ercome;
Fetter'd was th' old Assyrian lion there;
The Grecian leopard, and the Persian bear;
With others numberless, lamenting by,
Examples of the power of luxury.
Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Music influences fashion and vice versa. You have to strike the right balance of both sex and sophistication.
The main vice of capitalism is the uneven distribution of prosperity. The main vice of socialism is the even distribution of misery.
In the dying world I come from quotation is a national vice. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
The excess of virtue is a vice.
He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke strops our vice.
Pleasure itself is not a vice
No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
Prosperity discovers vice, adversity discovers virtue.
Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of
What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures