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VICE
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Though a man cannot abstain from being weak, he may from being vicious.
      - Joseph Addison

Vices are their own punishment.
      - Aesop

Times change. The vices of your age are stylish today.
      - Aristophanes, The Clouds

We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
  [Lat., De vitiis nostris scalam nobis facimus, si vitia ipsa calcamus.]
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo),
        Sermon 3--De Ascensione

If vices were profitable, the virtuous man would be the sinner.
      - Francis Bacon

It will be found a work of no small difficulty to dispossess a vice from the heart, where long possession begins to plead prescription.
      - Francis Bacon

Vices of the time; vices of the man.
  [Lat., Vitia temporis; vitia hominis.]
      - Francis Bacon,
        Humble Submission and Supplication to the Lords of Parliament

It is but a step from companionship to slavery when one associates with vice.
      - Hosea Ballou

Vice is perhaps a desire to learn everything.
      - Honore de Balzac

As a stick, when once it is dry and stiff you may break it, but you can never bend it into a straighter posture; so doth the man become incorrigible who is settled and stiffened into vice.
      - Isaac Barrow

Vice gets more in this vicious world
  Than piety.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Love's Cure (act II, sc. 1)

The reason that men are so slow to confess their vices is because they have not yet abandoned them.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The end of a dissolute life is most commonly a desperate death.
      - Bion of Smyrna

The vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that Vice can obtain a lodging. When she knocks at your door be able to say: "No room for your ladyship; pass on."
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

One vice worn out makes us wiser than fifty tutors.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

The vices and the virtues are written in a language the world cannot construe; it reads them in a vile translation, and the translators are Failure and Success.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.
      - Edmund Burke

Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

So in the wicked there's no vice of which the saints have not a spice.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

Ah, Vice! how soft are thy voluptuous ways!
  While boyish blood is mantling, who can 'scape
    The fascination of thy magic gaze?
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

But all have prices,
  From crowns to kicks, according to their vices.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Vice, that digs her own voluptuous tomb!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

To sanction Vice, and hunt Decorum down.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        English Bards and Scotch Reviewers
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The scandalous bronze-lacquer age of hungry animalisms, spiritual impotences, and mendacities, will have to run its course, till the pit follow it.
      - Thomas Carlyle


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