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A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.

A society composed of none but the wicked could not exist; it contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction, and, without a flood, would be swept away from the earth by the deluge of its own iniquity. The moral cement of all society is virtue; it unite and preserves, while vice separates and destroys. The good may well be termed the salt of the earth, for where there is no integrity there can be no confidence; and where there is no confidence there can be no unanimity.

As for an authentic villain, the real thing, the absolute, the artist, one rarely meets him even once in a lifetime. The ordinary bad hat is always in part a decent fellow.

As to the general design of providence, the two extremes of vice may serve to keep up the balance of things. When we speak against one capital vice, we ought to speak against its opposite; the middle betwixt both is the point for virtue.

But when to mischief mortals bend their will, how soon they find fit instruments of ill!

Crimes sometimes shock us too much; vices almost always too little.

Every age and nation has certain characteristic vices, which prevail almost universally, which scarcely any person scruples to avow, and which even rigid moralists but faintly censure. Succeeding generations change the fashion of their morals with the fashion of their hats and their coaches; take some other kind of wickedness under their patronage, and wonder at the depravity of their ancestors.

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.

Everyone has his faults which he continually repeats: neither fear nor shame can cure them.

Experience tells us that each man most keenly and unerringly detects in others the vice with which he is most familiar himself.

Great examples to virtue, or to vice, are not so productive of imitation as might at first sight be supposed. There are hundreds that want energy, for one that wants ambition; and sloth has prevented as many vices in some minds as virtue in others. Idleness is the grand Pacific Ocean of life, and in that stagnant abyss, the most salutary things produce no good, the most noxious no evil. Vice, indeed, abstractedly considered, may be, and often is, engendered in idleness, but the moment it becomes efficiently vice, it must quit its cradle and cease to be idle.

He that has energy enough in his constitution to root out a vice should go a little farther, and try to plant a virtue in its place, otherwise he will have his labor to renew; a strong soil that has produced weeds, may be made to produce wheat with far less difficulty than it would cost to make it produce nothing.

He who hates vice hates men.

I know no friends more faithful and more inseparable than hard-heartedness and pride, humility and love, lies and impudence.

I'll habits gather by unseen degrees, As brooks make rivers, rivers run to seas.

If individuals have no virtues, their vices may be of use to us.

If you don't want anyone to know it, don't do it.

In actions of life, who seeth not the filthiness of evil wanteth a great foil to perceive the beauty of virtue.

It is a great misfortune to be of use to nobody; scarcely less to be of use to everybody.

It is only in some corner of the brain which we leave empty that vice cannot obtain a lodging. When she knocks at your door be able to say: "No room for your ladyship; pass on."


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