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Many a man's vices have at first been nothing worse than good qualities run wild.
      - A.W. Hare and J.C. Hare

Beware of the beginnings of vice. Do not delude yourself with the belief that it can be argued against in the presence of the exciting cause. Nothing but actual flight can save you.
      - Benjamin Robert Haydon

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.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The vices are never so well employed as in combating one another.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

There is some virtue in almost every vice, except hypocrisy; and even that, while it is a mockery of virtue, is at the same time a compliment to it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Vice, like disease, floats in the atmosphere.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The world will tolerate many vices, but not their diminutives.
      - Sir Arthur Helps

There is no truth which personal vice will not distort.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

No one is born without vices, and he is the best man who is encumbered with the least.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Most men are more willing to indulge in easy vices than to practise laborious virtues.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

This is the danger, when vice becomes a precedent.
      - Ben Jonson

The vices operate like age,--bring on disease before its time, and in the prime of youth, leave the character broken and exhausted.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

To attack vices in the abstract, without touching persons, may be safe fighting indeed, but it is fighting with shadows.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis)

No man e'er reach'd the heights of vice at first.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

There will he nothing more that posterity can add to our immoral habits; our descendants must have the same desires and act the same follies as their sires. Every vice has reached its zenith.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Vice can deceive under the guise and shadow of virtue.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Every vice makes its guilt the more conspicuous in proportion to the rank of the offender.
  [Lat., Omne animi vitium tanto conspectius in se
    Crimen habet, quanto major qui peccat habetur.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 140)

The same vices which are huge and insupportable in others we do not feel in ourselves.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

The vices of some men are magnificent.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

It may be said that the vices await us in the journey of life like hosts with whom we must successively lodge; and I doubt whether experience would make us avoid them if we were to travel the same road a second time.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The vices enter into the composition of the virtues, as poisons into that of medicines. Prudence collects and arranges them, and uses them beneficially against the ills of life.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We try to make a virtue of vices we are loth to correct.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

What often prevents our abandoning ourselves to a single vice is, our having more than one.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

When our vices quit us, we flatter ourselves with the belief that it is we who quit them.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
         (no. 195)

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