Vice Quotes

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.

Benjamin Franklin

The more prohibitions you have, the less virtuous people will be. Try to make people moral, and you lay the groundwork for vice.

Lao Tzu

Vice can be learnt, even without a teacher.


He who hates vice hates men.

John Morley

When I religiously confess myself to myself, I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.

Michel de Montaigne

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

Samuel Butler

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

Bret Harte

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

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There will be vice as long as there are men.


The willing contemplation of vice is vice.

Arabian Proverb

A vice is a failure of desire.

Gerald Stanley Lee

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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

Edmund Burke

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

Thomas Paine

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores


The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.

Elizabeth Taylor

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

Ben Jonson

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

Marcus Aurelius

No vice is so bad as advice

Marie Dressler

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

Charles Caleb Colton

We are more inclined to regret our virtues than our vices; but only the very honest will admit this.

Holbrook Jackson

If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?

John Churton Collins

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.

Lady Marguerite Blessington

The Power Of Failure: We Get To Decide What It Means

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Updated On : January 26, 2013
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