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Vice is but a nurse of agonies.

Vice is the bane of a republic, and saps the foundations of liberty. - If our industry, economy, temperance, justice, and public faith, are once extinguished by the opposite vices, our boasted constitution which is built on the pillars of virtue, must necessarily fall.

Vice is the greatest of all Jacobins, the archlevellor.

Vice loses half its evil by losing all its grossness.

Vice repeated is like the wandering wind; blows dust in others' eyes, to spread itself.

Vice stings us even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us even in our pains.

Vices and frailties correct each other, like acids and alkalies. If each vicious man had but one vice, I do not know how the world could go on.

Vices are as truly contrary to each other as to virtue.

Vices are contagious, and there is no trusting the well and sick together.

Vices are often habits rather than passions.

Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones do we reprehend.

Virtue seems to be nothing more than a motion consonant to the system of things; were a planet to fly from its orbit it would represent a vicious man.

Virtue will catch as well as vice by contact; and the public stock of honest, manly principle will daily accumulate. We are not too nicely to scrutinize motives as long as action is irreproachable. It is enough to deal out its infamy to convicted guilt and declared apostasy.

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.

What maintains one vice would bring up two children. You may think, perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little entertainment now and then, can be no great matter; but remember, "Many a little makes a mickle." Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship.

What we call vice in our neighbor may be nothing less than a crude virtue. To him who knows nothing more of precious stones than he can learn from a daily contemplation of his breastpin, a diamond in the mine must be a very uncompromising sort of stone.

When I religiously confess myself to myself, I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.

When Mandeville maintained that private vices were public benefits, he did not calculate the widely destructive influence of bad example. To affirm that a vicious man is only his own enemy is about as wise as to affirm that a virtuous man is only his own friend.

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

Why is there no man who confesses his vices? It is because he has not yet laid them aside. It is a waking man only who can tell his dreams.


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