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50 Vice Quotes

Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast; But shall the dignity of vice be lost?

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Epilogue to Satires (dialogue I)

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Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As to be hated need but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Essay on Man (ep. II, l. 217)

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The heart resolves this matter in a trice, "Men only feel the smart, but not the vice."

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: Horace (bk. II, ep. II, l. 216)

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Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times. [Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum.

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca) Quotes , Source: Epistles (97)

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The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices Make instruments to plague us.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: King Lear (Edgar at V, iii)

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There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio at III, ii)

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Who has a book of all that monarchs do, He's more secure to keep it shut than shown; For vice repeated is like the wand'ring wind, Blows dust in others' eye, to spread itself; And yet the end of all is bought thus dear, The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear To stop the air would hurt them.

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Pericles Prince of Tyre (Pericles at I, i)

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O, what a mansion have those vices got Which for their habitation chose out thee, Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot And all things turns to fair that eyes can see!

William Shakespeare Quotes , Source: Sonnet XCV

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Many without punishment, none without sin.

John Ray Quotes

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The willing contemplation of vice is vice.

Arabian Proverb Quotes

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It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.

Hosea Ballou Quotes

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The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.

Thomas Browne Quotes

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Wild oats make a bad autumn crop.

Cynic's Calendar Quotes

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Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.

William Ellery Channing Quotes

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Ill habits gather by unseen degrees,As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

John Dryden Quotes

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

Bret Harte Quotes

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If individuals have no vices, their virtues may be of use to us.

Junius Quotes

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Vices are often habits rather than passions.

Antoine Rivarol Quotes

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Vice may be learnt, even without a teacher.

Seneca Quotes

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There will be vice as long as there are men.

Tacitus Quotes

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We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Abraham Lincoln Quotes

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This is the essential evil of vice, that it debases man.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin Quotes

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

Ralph Walkdo Emerson Quotes

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