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It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

It's true Heaven forbids some pleasures, but a compromise can usually be found.

Let thy vices die before thee.

Many a man's vices have at first been nothing worse than good qualities run wild.

Many without punishment, none without sin.

Men often abstain from the grosser vices as too coarse and common for their appetites, while the vices that are frosted and ornamented are served up to them as delicacies.

No man ever arrived suddenly at the summit of vice.

Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring up modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of a whole city.

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

One sin doth provoke another.

One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.

Our pleasant vices are made the whip to scourge us.

People do not persist in their vices because they are not weary of them, but because they cannot leave them off. It is the nature of vice to leave us no resource but in itself.

Say everything for vice which you can, magnify any pleasures as much as you please, but don't believe you have any secret for sending on quicker the sluggish blood, and for refreshing the faded nerve.

Society is the atmosphere of souls; and we necessarily imbibe from it something which is either infectious or salubrious. The society of virtuous persons is enjoyed beyond their company, while vice carries a sting into solitude. The society or company you keep is both the indication of your character and the former of it. In vicious society you will feel your reverence for the dictates of conscience wear off, and that name at which angels bow and devils tremble, you will hear contemned and abused. The Bible will supply materials for unmeaning jest or impious buffooner; the consequence of this will be a practical deviation from virtue, the principles will become sapped, the fences of conscience broken down; and when debauchery has corrupted the character a total inversion will take place, and the sinner will glory in his shame.

The difference between utility and utility plus beauty is the difference between telephone wires and the spider's web.

The end of a dissolute life is, most commonly, a desperate death.

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices make instruments to plague us.

The good make a better bargain, and the bad a worse, than is usually supposed; for the rewards of the one, and the punishments of the other not unfrequently begin on this side of the grave; for vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be damned than to be saved.

The hatred of the vicious will do you less harm than their conversation.


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