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Government is an evil; it is only the thoughtlessness and vices of men that make it a necessary evil. When all men are good and wise, government will of itself decay.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
As I'm getting older, I'm enjoying my vices so much more because I feel like I've deserved them.
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
I know no man who feels deeper disgust than I do at the ambition, avarice, and profligacy of the priesthood, as well because every one of these vices is odious in itself, as because each of them separately and all of them together are utterly abhorrent in men making profession of a life dedicated to God.
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
Charles Caleb Colton
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
A portion of mankind take pride in their vices and pursue their purpose; many more waver between doing what is right and complying with what is wrong.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence.
As the purpose of comedy is to correct the vices of men, I see no reason why anyone should be exempt.
Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.
It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.
How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
You cannot oppose reasoning to pride, the principal of all the vices, since, by its very nature, the proud man refuses to listen to it.
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates.
Nature, who for the perfect maintenance of the laws of her general equilibrium, has sometimes need of vices and sometimes of virtues, inspires now this impulse, now that one, in accordance with what she requires.
Marquis de Sade
We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies for them.
Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
Although all the good arts serve to draw man's mind away from vices and lead it toward better things, this function can be more fully performed by this art, which also provides extraordinary intellectual pleasure.
Vices are usually pleasurable, at least for the time being, and often do not disclose themselves as vices, by their effects, until after they have been practised for many years; perhaps for a lifetime.
Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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