Quotation Explorer - 'Vices'

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. - Napoléon Bonaparte
If we can spend more time uprooting vices and rooting virtues, our world will be safer and better. - Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy. - Seneca
Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves. - J. G. C. Brainard
Through tattered clothes great vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. - William Shakespeare
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations. - Walter Bagehot
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. - Sir Winston Churchill
He conquered with his weapons, but was conquered by his vices.
Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle. - Plutarch
HERMIT, n. A person whose vices and follies are not sociable. - Ambrose Bierce
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. - Elizabeth Taylor
It is a great thing to know our vices. - Cicero
The passions are the seeds of vices as well as of virtues, from which either may spring, accordingly as they are nurtured. Unhappy they who have never been taught the art to govern them! - Ann Radcliffe
No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices make instruments to plague us. - William Shakespeare
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
Humans, left to own misguided devices, scratches the Divine in the self as one would the lice, but remember to lick well all the vices. - Fakeer Ishavardas
There is nothing we can now call our own, for what we call so is the effect of art; crimes are made by decrees of the senate, or by the votes of the people; and as here-to-fore we are burdened by vices, so now we are oppressed by laws. - Blaise Pascal
AGE, n. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that we still cherish by reviling those that we have no longer the enterprise to commit. - Ambrose Bierce
We've kept the good old vices and labored to invent a few, With cake in vulgar surplus we can have it, and eat it too
Beauty has its own vices. - L Arun
Shun darkness and evil vices for they that embrace them wear off with time! - Jaachynma N.E. Agu
Nineteen twentieths of [mankind is] opaque and unenlightened. Intimacy with most people will make you acquainted with vices and errors and follies enough to make you despise them. - John Adams
I am not a ‘wise man,’ nor . . . shall I ever be. And so require not from me that I should be equal to the best, but that I should be better than the wicked. It is enough for me if every day I reduce the number of my vices, and blame my mistakes. - Seneca
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. - Abraham Lincoln
DIGESTION, n. The conversion of victuals into virtues. When the process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead -- a circumstance from which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia. - Ambrose Bierce
SAUCE, n. The one infallible sign of civilization and enlightenment. A people with no sauces has one thousand vices; a people with one sauce has only nine hundred and ninety-nine. For every sauce invented and accepted a vice is renounced and forgiven. - Ambrose Bierce
O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift. - Seneca
True sense of humour and true, deep happiness never depend on the after effects of destructive vices - Angelica Hopes
The good man, though a slave, is free; the wicked, though he reigns, is a slave, and not the slave of a single man, but - what is worse - the slave of as many masters as he has vices. - Rubianne Wood
Logic in all its infinite potential, is the most dangerous of vices. For one can always find some form of logic to justify his action, and rest comfortably in the assurance, that what he did abides by reason. That is why, for us brittle beings, Intention is the only true weapon of peace. - Ilyas Kassam
To be wicked is never excusable, but there is some merit in knowing that you are; the most irreparable of vices is to do evil from stupidity. - Charles Baudelaire
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. - Benjamin Franklin
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. - Rene Descartes
Courting is an activity where a man and a woman flaunt their virtues. Dating is an activity where life exposes the other’s vices. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Quand on parle des vices d’un homme, si on vous dit : Tout le monde le dit ne le croyez pas ; si l’on parle de ses vertus en vous disant encore : Tout le monde le dit, croyez-le. - François-René de Chateaubriand
Here's a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once. - Tallulah Bankhead
Never support two weaknesses at the same time. It's your combination sinners - your lecherous liars and your miserly drunkards - who dishonor the vices and bring them into bad repute. - Thornton Wilder
IDLENESS, n. A model farm where the devil experiments with seeds of new sins and promotes the growth of staple vices. - Ambrose Bierce
What once were vices are manners now. - Seneca
But that woman is an encyclopedia!Of all vices, ancient and modern, and terribly interesting to leaf through! - Jean Lorrain
That's why we make enemies of our friends as soon as they start to drift, he thought, cos that way they get stuck with all our flaws, unlike when they're shared. Maybe brief friendships are best. If you pul out in time, the vices are all theirs. - Yuri Herrera
The city was a machine of its own, continuously producing. We were constantly pumped out through its assembly line, in different forms or models. We came hardwired with different stories, dark secrets, vices, and defects. Over time, we fail and come to find our end, but the city continues onwards. - Cristina Martín
[Tolstoy] does not necessarily get rid of [his angry] temperament by undergoing religious conversion, and indeed it is obvious that the illusion of having been reborn may allow one's native vices to flourish more freely than ever, though perhaps in subtler forms. - George Orwell
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