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The martyrs to vice far exceed the martyrs to virtue, both in endurance and in number. So blinded are we by our passions that we suffer more to be damned than to be saved.

The martyrs to vice far exceed the martyrs to virtue, both in endurance and in number. So blinded are we to our passions, that we suffer more to insure perdition than salvation. Religion does not forbid the rational enjoyments of life as sternfy as avarice forbids them. She does not require such sacrifices of ease as ambition; or such renunciation of quiet as pride. She does not murder sleep like dissipation; or health like intemperance; or scatter wealth like extravagance or gambling. She does not embitter life like discord; or shorten it like duelling; or harrow it like revenge. She does not impose more vigilance than suspicion; mere anxiety than selfishness; or half as many mortifications as vanity!

The most fearful characteristic of vice is its irresistible fascination - the ease with which it sweeps away resolution, and wins a man to forget his momentary outlook, and his throb of penitence, in the embrace of indulgence.

The vices operate like age; bringing on disease before its time, and in the prime of youth they leave the character broken and exhausted.

The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.

The vicious man lives at random, and acts by chance, for he that walks by no rule can carry on no settled or steady design.

The vicious obey their passions as slaves do their masters.

The willing contemplation of vice is vice.

There are vices which have no hold upon us, but in connection with others; and which, when you cut down the trunk, fall like the branches.

There is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on its outward parts.

There's small choice in rotten apples.

They also serve who only stand and wait.

This is the essential evil of vice, that it debases man.

To attack vices in the abstract, without touching persons, may be safe fighting, but it is fighting with shadows.

Vice - that digs her own voluptuous tomb.

Vice can be learnt, even without a teacher.

Vice can deceive under the shadow and guise of virtue.

Vice goes a long way tow'rd makin' life bearable. A little vice now an' thin is relished by th' best iv men.

Vice incapacitates a man from all public duty; it withers the powers of his understanding, and makes his mind paralytic.

Vice is a monster of such frightful mien as to be hated, needs but to be seen; but seen too oft, familiar with her face, we first endure, then pity, then embrace.


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