Vice Quotes

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill

I am not thinking of those shining precepts which are the registered property of every school; that is to say learn as much by writing as by reading; be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others; have no favourites; keep men and things apart; guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing; be more severe to ideas than to actions; do not overlook the strength of the bad cause of the weakness of the good; never be surprised by the crumbling of an idol or the disclosure of a skeleton; judge talent at its best and character at its worst; suspect power more than vice, and study problems in preference to periods.

John Dalberg-Acton, Lord Acton

Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice.

Honore de Balzac

Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved

Charles Caleb Colton

No vice is so bad as advice

Marie Dressler

It is false to say that you are a vicious man, Zoilus; you are not a vicious man, you are vice itself

Marcus Aurelius

Vice Is like a fury to the vicious mind, And turns delight itself to punishment

Ben Jonson

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores


Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.

Edmund Burke

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.


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
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