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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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