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Why is there no man who confesses his vices? It is because he has not yet laid them aside. It is a waking man only who can tell his dreams.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times.
  [Lat., Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Epistles

Do but see his vice; 't is to his virtue a just virtue a just equinox, the one as long as the other.
      - William Shakespeare

O dishonest wretch!
  Wilt thou be made a man out of my vice?
      - William Shakespeare

One sin another doth provoke.
      - William Shakespeare

Vice repeated is like the wandering wind, blows dust in others' eyes to spread itself.
      - William Shakespeare

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
  Make instruments to plague us.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Edgar at V, iii)

Who has a book of all that monarchs do,
  He's more secure to keep it shut than shown;
    For vice repeated is like the wand'ring wind,
      Blows dust in others' eye, to spread itself;
        And yet the end of all is bought thus dear,
          The breath is gone, and the sore eyes see clear
            To stop the air would hurt them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at I, i)

O, what a mansion have those vices got
  Which for their habitation chose out thee,
    Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot
      And all things turns to fair that eyes can see!
      - William Shakespeare, Sonnet XCV

There is no vice so simple but assumes
  Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Bassanio at III, ii)

I never heard yet that any of these bolder vices wanted less impudence to gainsay what they did, than to perform it first.
      - William Shakespeare, The WInter's Tale

Vice is but a nurse of agonies.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

What we call vice in our neighbor may be nothing less than a crude virtue. To him who knows nothing more of precious stones than he can learn from a daily contemplation of his breastpin, a diamond in the mine must be a very uncompromising sort of stone.
      - William Gilmore Simms

Say everything for vice which you can say, magnify any pleasure as much as you please, but don't believe you have any secret for sending on quicker the sluggish blood, and for refreshing the faded nerve.
      - Sydney Smith

Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones reprehend.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

And poor misfortune feels the lash of vice.
      - James Thomson (1)

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.
      - Henry David Thoreau

If it is true that vice can never be done away with, the science of government consists of making it contribute to the public good.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues,
        Reflections and Maxims

Vice lives and thrives best by concealment.
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil)

Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.
      - Isaac Watts

Long careers of vice, that prosper even in their epitaphs, make cemeteries seem ridiculous, and death anything but a leveller.
      - John Weiss

Vices and frailties correct each other, like acids and alkalies. If each vicious man had but one vice, I do not know how the world could go on.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

He hasn't a single redeeming vice.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

When men of infamy to grandeur soar,
  They light a torch to show their shame the more,
    Those governments which curb not evils, cause!
      And a rich knave's a libel on our laws.
      - Edward Young

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