Vices Quotes

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

Abraham Lincoln

There will be vice as long as there are men.

Publius Cornelius Tacitus

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.

Denis Diderot

Our virtues are most often but our vices disguised.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Minor vices lead to major ones, but minor virtues stay put.

Mignon McLaughlin

Some vices only lay hold of us by means of others, and these, like branches, fall on removal of the trunk.

Blaise Pascal

Vices are their own punishment.


One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.

Klaus Kinski

Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves.

J. G. C. Brainard

Vice knows she’s ugly, so puts on her mask.

Benjamin Franklin

Every form of addiction is bad, no matter whether the narcotic be alcohol or morphine or idealism.

Carl Jung

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

Bret Harte

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!

Charles Dickens

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.


He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

Charles Caleb Colton

Every vice has its excuse ready.

Publilius Syrus

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.

Herbert Samuel

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

Samuel Johnson

Vices are often habits rather than passions.

Antoine Rivarol

It is a great thing to know our vices.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

Rene Descartes

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.


Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.

Theodore Roosevelt

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.

George Bernard Shaw

Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.

Benjamin Franklin

When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.

Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Vice is like a fury to the vicious mind, and turns delight itself to punishment.

Ben Johnson

Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.

Marquis de Sade

The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

Samuel Butler

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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