Vice & Virtue

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

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

Vices are their own punishment

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

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.

Through tattered clothes, small vices do appear. Robes and furred gowns hide all.

Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.

Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life, and if Virtue is not its own reward, I don’t know any other stipend annexed to it.

Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.

Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.

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

What were once vices are the fashion of the day.

Alas, human vices, however horrible one might imagine them to be, contain the proof (were it only in their infinite expansion) of man’s longing for the infinite; but it is a longing that often takes the wrong route. It is my belief that the reason behind all culpable excesses lies in this depravation of the sense of the infinite.

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

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

Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.

To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.

Evil borders upon good, and vices are confounded with virtues; as the report of good qualities is delightful to a well-disposed mind, so the relation of the contrary should not be offensive.

Here am I: at one stroke incestuous, adulteress, sodomite, and all that in a girl who only lost her maidenhead today! What progress, my friends with what rapidity I advance along the thorny road of vice!

A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.

It takes a vice to check a vice, and virtue is the by-product of a stalemate between opposite vices.

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

What’s vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.

To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

Every vice has its excuse ready.

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end; whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.

Vice, virtue – it’s best not to be too moral. You’ll cheat yourself out of too much life.

A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.

No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.

[I]f vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established.

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

“Cigarettes and coffee: an alcoholic’s best friend!”

“The greatest temptations are not those that solicit our consent to obvious sin, but those that offer us great evils masking as the greatest goods.”

“Thus, a good man, though a slave, is free; but a wicked man, though a king, is a slave. For he serves, not one man alone, but what is worse, as many masters as he has vices.”

“I sometimes think that shame, mere awkward, senseless shame, does as much towards preventing good acts and straightforward happiness as any of our vices can do.”