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Vice and Virtue

Quotations about Vice and Virtue

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In the endless parade of human existence, the dual forces of vice and virtue continually dance their intricate pas de deux. Virtue, with its radiant grace, guides us towards our higher selves, while vice, with its beguiling charm, whispers of easier, darker paths. Together, they shape our character, define our choices, and ultimately, tell our stories.

Virtue and vice have long been the fodder for philosophers, artists, and wordsmiths alike, each offering their unique perspective on these enduring themes. Some extol the merits of virtues like honesty, patience, and humility, while others, with a sly wink, explore the all-too-human allure of vices such as greed, sloth, and pride.

This collection of quotations delves into this rich vein of human experience. They challenge us to reflect, make us laugh, and sometimes, reveal profound truths in the most unexpected places. From the sharp wit of celebrated humorists to the insightful musings of renowned thinkers, these quotations invite us to take a fresh look at vice and virtue and their roles in our lives.

quotations about vice and virtue

"I can resist everything except temptation." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

"I used to be Snow White...but I drifted." Mae West (American film actress, 1892-1980)

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"I'm as pure as the driven slush." Tallulah Bankhead (American actress, 1903-68)

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to *yield to it.*drink heavily.*stay in bed.* Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

"I generally avoid temptation unless I can't resist it." Mae West (American actress, 1892-1980)

I've been on a diet for two weeks and all I've lost is two *weeks.*pounds.*friends.* Totie Fields (American comedian, 1930-1978) on the vice of gluttony

"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." Groucho Marx (American film comedian, 1890-1977) on the virtue of honesty

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"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." Winston Churchill (British Conservative statesman, 1874-1965)

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"If you want to know what God thinks of *money*beauty*blonde hair* just look at the people he gave it to." Dorothy Parker (American humorist, 1893-1967) on the virtue of wealth

"The problem with the world is that everyone is a few drinks behind." Humphrey Bogart (American actor, 1899-1957) on the virtue of sobriety

"Always *forgive*uppercut*talk about* your enemies; nothing annoys them so much." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900) on the virtue of forgiveness

"Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing whatever to do." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900) on the virtue of hard work

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

"It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one's mouth and remove all doubt." Mark Twain (American writer, 1835-1910) on the virtue of silence

"I've got all the *money*friends*compliments* I'll ever need, if I die by four o'clock." Henny Youngman (American comedian, 1906-98) on the vice of greed

"The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese." Steven Wright (American comedian, 1955-) on the virtue of patience

"Most *plain*Scottish*pretty* girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise." Maya Angelou (American writer, 1928-)

"Saint: A dead sinner revised and edited." Ambrose Bierce (American writer, 1842-1914)

"Lead me not into *temptation.*a battle.*a pub.* I can find the way myself." Rita Mae Brown (American novelist and poet, 1944-)

"I fear I have nothing original in me - Excepting Original Sin." Thomas Campbell (Scottish poet, 1777-1844)

"What terrible sins I have working for me. I suppose it's the wages." Peter Cook (English satirist and actor, 1937-95)

"The louder he talked of his *honour*mistresses*sons* the faster we counted our spoons." Ralph Waldo Emerson (American philosopher and poet, 1803-82)

"If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don't actually live longer, it just seems longer." Clement Freud (English politician, broadcaster, and writer, 1924-2009)

"Honesty is a good thing but it is not profitable to its possessor unless it is kept under control." Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"Self-denial is not a virtue: it is only the effect of prudence on rascality." George Bernard Shaw (Irish dramatist, 1856-1950)

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When I'm good, I'm very, very good, but when I'm bad, I'm *better.*very very bad.*boring.* Mae West (American film actress, 1892-1980)

"Between two *evils*cakes*men* I always pick the one I never tried before." Mae West (American film actress, 1892-1980)

"To err is human – but it feels divine." Mae West (American film actress, 1892-1980)

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