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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.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

The disgrace of others often keeps tender minds from vice.

Author: Horace

Profession: Italian Poet

Most vices demand considerable self-sacrifices. There is no greater mistake than to suppose that a vicious life is a life of uninterrupted pleasure. It is a life almost as wearisome and painful -- if strenuously led -- as Christian's in The Pilgrim's Progress.

Author: Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Profession: British Author

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.

Author: Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

Profession: French Classical Writer

The vices of some men are magnificent.

Author: Charles Lamb (1775-1834)

Profession: British Essayist, Critic

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

A prince must be prudent enough to know how to escape the bad reputation of those vices that would lose the state for him, and must protect himself from those that will not lose it for him, if this is possible; but if he cannot, he need not concern himself unduly if he ignores these less serious vices.

Author: Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527)

Profession: Italian Author, Statesman

He who hates vice hates men.

Author: John Morley (1838-1923)

Profession: British Journalist, Biographer, Statesman

Life is extraordinarily suave and sweet with certain natural, witty, affectionate people who have unusual distinction and are capable of every vice, but who make a display of none in public and about whom no one can affirm they have a single one. There is something supple and secret about them. Besides, their perversity gives spice to their most innocent occupations, such as taking a walk in the garden at night.

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

No exile at the South Pole or on the summit of Mont Blanc separates us more effectively from others than the practice of a hidden vice.

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

Here am I: at one stroke incestuous, adulteress, sodomite, and all that in a girl who only lost her maidenhead today! What progress, my friends... with what rapidity I advance along the thorny road of vice!

Author: Marquis De Sade (1740-1814)

Profession: French Author

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.

Author: Herbert Samuel (1870-1963)

Profession: British Liberal Statesman, Philosophical Writer

What were once vices are the fashion of the day.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

Why do people not confess vices? It is because they have not yet laid them aside. It is a waking person only who can tell their dreams.

Author: Seneca (4 B.C. 65 A.D.)

Profession: Spanish-born Roman Statesman, philosopher

Every vice has its excuse ready.

Author: Publilius Syrus

Profession: Roman Writer