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There is more than a morsel of truth in the saying, "He who hates vice hates mankind."
~W. MacNeile Dixon
Minor vices lead to major ones, but minor virtues stay put.
~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966
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
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
It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues.
~Abraham Lincoln
Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.
~J. Petit-Senn
Idleness is the beginning of all vices.
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
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
Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1836
When our vices desert us, we flatter ourselves that we are deserting our vices.
~Francois Duc de La Rochefoucauld
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, 1960
The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
~Lady Marguerite Blessington