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A vice is a failure of desire.
      - Gerald Stanley Lee, Crowds
         (bk. IV, ch. XIII)

It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
      - Abraham Lincoln

It is not possible now to keep a young gentleman from vice by a total ignorance of it, unless you will all his life mew him up in a closet and never let him go into company.
      - John Locke (1)

Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,
  That of our vices we can frame
    A ladder, if we will but tread
      Beneath our feet each deed of shame.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Ladder of St. Augustine (st. 1)

Spare the person, but lash the vice.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

Who called thee vicious was a lying elf; thou art not vicious, for thou art vice itself.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

I hate when vice can bolt her arguments,
  And virtue has no tongue to check her pride.
      - John Milton

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

Vices are often hid under the name of virtues, and the practice of them followed by the worst consequences. I have seen ladies indulge their own ill-humor by being very rude and impertinent, and think they deserve approbation by saying, "I love to speak the truth."
      - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

To vice innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Human nature is not of itself vicious.
      - Thomas Paine

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.
      - Blaise Pascal

Great parts produce great vices as well as virtues.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
      - Plutarch

Count all th' advantage prosperous Vice attains,
  'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains:
    And grant the bad what happiness they would,
      One they must want--which is, to pass for good.
      - Alexander Pope

Led by my hand, he saunter'd Europe round,
  And gather'd every vice on Christian ground.
      - Alexander Pope

Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast;
  But shall the dignity of vice be lost?
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satires
         (dialogue I)

Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,
  As to be hated need but to be seen;
    Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
      We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. II, l. 217)

The heart resolves this matter in a trice,
  "Men only feel the smart, but not the vice."
      - Alexander Pope, Horace
         (bk. II, ep. II, l. 216)

No penance can absolve out guilty fame;
  Nor tears, that wash out sin, can wash out shame.
      - Matthew Prior

Many without punishment, none without sin.
      - John Ray (Wray)

The cunning tempter, by avoiding the grossness of vice, often silences objections.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Vices are often habits rather than passions.
      - Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol

Vice is contagious, and there is no trusting the sound and the sick together.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

We pardon familiar vices.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

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