Vice Quotes

There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency- and a virtue; and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency- and a vice.

Mark Twain

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.

Honore De Balzac

A thirst for gold, The beggar's vice, which can but overwhelm The meanest hearts.

Lord Byron

Where vice is vengeance follows.

Scottish Proverbs

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Thomas Paine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Thomas Paine

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.

Quintilian

What is pity but the vice of kindness.

Emil Cioran

Because impudence is a vice, it does not follow that modesty is a virtue; it is built upon shame, a passion in our nature, and may be either good or bad according to the actions performed from that motive.

Bernard Mandeville

I used to suppose that certain evils could never befall a being in possession of a sound mind; that true virtue supplies us with energy which vice can never resist; that it was always in our power to obstruct, by his own death, the designs of an enemy who aimed at less than our lives.

Charles Brockden Brown

The word which gives the key to the national vice is waste. And people who are wasteful are not wise, neither can they remain young and vigorous. In order to transmute energy to higher and more subtle levels one must first conserve it.

Henry Miller

Constancy has nothing virtuous in itself, independently of the pleasure it confers, and partakes of the temporizing spirit of vice in proportion as it endures tamely moral defects of magnitude in the object of its indiscreet choice.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Prodigality is the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one.It comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily had for money.

Sir Henry Taylor

Prodigality is indeed the vice of a weak nature, as avarice is of a strong one; it comes of a weak craving for those blandishments of the world which are easily to be had for money.

Sir Henry Taylor

Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry Morris Goldwater
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