Vice Quotes

A vice is a failure of desire.

Gerald Stanley Lee

The willing contemplation of vice is vice.

Arabian Proverb

There will be vice as long as there are men.

Tacitus

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vice goes a long way tow'rd makin' life bearable. A little vice now an' thin is relished by th' best iv men.

Finley Peter Dunne

One big vice in a man is apt to keep out a great many smaller ones.

Bret Harte

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds.

Samuel Butler

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need

Voltaire

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.

Goldsmith, Oliver

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

Thomas Paine

Obstinacy, sir, is certainly a great vice; and in the changeful state of political affairs it is frequently the cause of great mischief. It happens, however, very unfortunately, that almost the whole line of the great and masculine virtues--constancy, gravity, magnanimity, fortitude, fidelity, and firmness--are closely allied to this disagreeable quality, of which you have so just an abhorrence; and in their excess all these virtues very easily fall into it.

Edmund Burke

We see the pernicious effects of luxury in the ancient Romans, who immediately found themselves poor as soon as this vice got footing among them.

Joseph Addison

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself

Samuel Johnson

Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue

Quintilian

Good pitching will beat good hitting any time, and vice versa

Bob Veale

Hypocrisy is homage paid by vice to virtue.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.

Duc de La Rochefoucauld

The English laws punish vice; the Chinese laws do more, they reward virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. 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.

Hannah Arendt

By vulgarity I mean that vice of civilization which makes man ashamed of himself and his next of kin, and pretend to be somebody else

Solomon Schechter

Gossip is vice enjoyed vicariously

Elbert Hubbard

For years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors and vice versa. The difference did not exist. Our company is too big. It goes with the welfare of the country.

Charles Erwin Wilson

Pride is said to be the last vice the good man gets clear of

Benjamin Franklin
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