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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

What is a vice—any vice—but the overwhelming of reason and conscience by an anarchy of passion? Jean-Jacques Rousseau

There is more than a morsel of truth in the saying, "He who hates vice hates mankind."  ~W. MacNeile Dixon

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

How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Be father to virtue, but father-in-law to vice. ~Proverb

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. ~Winston Churchill

When fortune smiles on you, neighbors will imitate both your vices and your virtues. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners — your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards — who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute. ~Thornton Wilder

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.  ~J. Petit-Senn

Idleness is the beginning of all vices.  ~Proverb

There are two types of people in this world, good and bad.  The good sleep better, but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more.  ~Woody Allen

The Anglo-Saxon conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't; it just keeps you from enjoying it.  ~Salvador de Madariaga

In spite of strikes and lockouts the wages of sin keep about the same. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Many think that when they have confessed a fault there is no need of correcting it. ~Marie Dubsky, Freifrau von Ebner-Eschenbach (1830–1916), translated by Mrs Annis Lee Wister, 1882

If we escape punishment for our vices, why should we complain if we are not rewarded for our virtues?  ~John Churton Collins, Aphorisms in the English Review, 1914

If angels are about our path... I cannot but think that they are sad and cover their faces with their hands, when in an unguarded moment those whom they watch over are tempted to wickedness. ~James Gillingham (1838–1924), The Seat of the Soul Discovered or the World's Great Problem Solved, with Objections to the Same Answered, second edition, 1870

What often prevents our abandoning ourselves to a single vice is, our having more than one. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1836

Vice and virtue are to the artist materials of his art. ~Oscar Wilde, Preface to Dorian Gray, 1890

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

It would seem that Nature has prescribed to every one from the moment of his birth certain limits for virtue and vice. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault (1613–1680)

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  ~Bertrand Arthur William Russell, On Education, 1926

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

Our virtues and vices couple with one another, and get children that resemble both their parents.  ~George Savile, Marquess de Halifax, Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

Without enthusiasm, virtue functions not at all, and vice only poorly.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1963

There are few who would not rather be taken in adultery than in provincialism. ~Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay, 1923

Choose your vices carefully. ~Terri Guillemets, "Chasing philosophy down the stairs," 1995

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

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