QUOTES about VICE and VIRTUE

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds. Samuel Butler

The vices we scoff at in others laugh at us within ourselves. Sir Thomas Browne 

Half the vices which the world condemns most loudly have seeds of good in them and require moderate use rather than total abstinence. Samuel Butler 

When the passions become masters, they are vices. Pascal

If I am virtuous and worthy, for whom should I not maintain a proper concern? Confucius

It’s a vice to trust all, and equally a vice to trust none. Seneca

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. Confucius

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. K.J.B

For lawless joys a bitter ending waits. Pindar

Vices are their own punishment. Aesop

If a man has no vices, he is in great danger of making vices about his virtues, and there’s a spectacle. Thornton Wilder

Perfect virtue is to do without witnessed what we should be capable of doing before the entire world. Rochefoucauld 

Search other for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. Benjamin Franklin

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

We make a ladder of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot. St Augustine

There is no vice so simple but assumes some mark of virtue on his outward parts. Shakespeare

As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment. Thomas Fuller

He that is good will infallibly become better, and he that is bad will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue, and time are three things that never stand still. Charles Caleb Colton 

Let them show me a cottage where there are not the same vices of which they accuse courts. Lord Chesterfield 

He who hates vices hates men. John Morley

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice. Robert Smith Surtees

We tolerate without rebuke the vices with which we have grown familiar. Publilius Syrus

The extremes of vice and virtue are alike detestable, and absolute virtue is as sure to kill a man as absolute vice is. Samuel Butler

Vice goes along way towards making life bearable. A little vice now and then is relished by the best of men. Finley Peter Dunne

Whilst weakness and timidity keep us to our duty, virtue has often all the honor. Rochefoucauld

He, who practices right, but in the hope of acquiring great renown, is very near to vice. Napoleon

Vice often rides triumphant in virtue’s chariot. Thomas Fuller 

Those who believe that all virtue is to be found in their own party principles push matters to extremes; they do not consider that disproportion destroys a state. Aristotle 

Did you know that the province of Aceh in Indonesia is administered under Sharia law? The police who enforce public conduct of this law are known as the Vice and Virtue Squad.

The proudest vice is ashamed to wear its own face. Thomas Fuller

Who does not sufficiently hate vice, does not sufficiently love virtue. Jean Baptiste Rousseau

It takes a vice to check a vice, and virtue is the by-product of a stalemate between opposite vices. Eric Hoffer 

There is a capacity of virtue in us, and there is a capacity of vice to make your blood creep. Emerson

We are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health. Charles Caleb Colton

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise all those who have not a single virtue. Rochefoucauld

Vice knows she is ugly, so puts on her mask. Benjamin Franklin

Might and right do differ frightfully from hour to hour, but then centuries to try it in, they are found to be identical. Thomas Carlyle

Every vice has its excuse ready. Publilius Syrus

Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. Napoleon

The perfection preached in the gospels never yet built an empire. Every man of action has a strong dose of egotism, pride, hardness, and cunning. Charles DE Gaulle 

There is the middle ground where we are judged neither by our depravity or our quality; and that is to be witnessed grasping for nothing. Marcia Bona Bowen 

The comfortable man is he that challenges all the illustrations of life he perceives with parallels gleaned from the sturdier knowledge within himself. Marcia Bona Bowen

Sensuality, too, which used to show itself course, smiling, unmasked, and unmistakable, is now serious, analytic, and so burdened with a sense of its responsibilities that it passes muster half the time as a new type of asceticism. Agnes Repplier

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue. Rochefoucauld

Abash’d the devil stood, and felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her shape how lovely. Milton

If you wish to save men from any particular vice, set up a tremendous cry of warning about some other, and they will all give their special efforts to the one to which attention is called. Charles Dudley

Vices that are familiar we pardon, and only new ones do we apprehend. Syrus

On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good and not quite all the time. George Orwell

Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues. Quintilian

If a gem falls into the mud, it is still valuable. If dust ascends to heaven, it remains valueless. Proverb

Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes to bitter consciousness during adversity. Rousseau 

It is very grand to die in harness, but it is very pleasant to have the tight straps unbuckled and the heavy collar lifted from the neck and shoulders. Oliver Wendell Holmes  

One can pass on responsibility but not the discretion that goes with it. Unknown

Restfulness is a quality for cattle; the virtues are all active, life is alert. Robert Louis Stevenson 

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

Birth is nothing without virtue, and we have no claim to share in the glory of our ancestors unless we endeavor to resemble them. Moliere

If the design of the building be originally bad, the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity. John Ruskin

A conscience that has been bought once will be bought twice. Logan Smith

Anecdote: That friendship may be at once fond and lasting, there must not only be equal virtue on each part, but virtue of the same kind; not only the same end must be proposed, but the same means must be approved by both. Samuel Johnson

Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtues. Moliere

It is axiomatic that we should all think of ourselves as being more sensitive than other people because, when we are insensitive in our dealings with others, we cannot be aware of it at the time; conscious insensitivity is a self-contradiction. W. H. Auden

One mans vice is another man's fortune. Unknown

Your business as a writer is not to illustrate virtue but to show how a fellow may move toward it or away from it. Robert Penn Warren

Perseverance is a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves inglorious success. Ambrose Bierce

Do not, as some ungracious pastors do, Show me the steep and thorny way to heaven, Whilst, like a puff'd and reckless libertine, Himself the primrose path of dalliance treads ... Quote sourced from  Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail. Walter Lippmann

DEFINITION and MEANING 
Vice and virtue are viewed as opposites.  Still, their divergence may not be as clear-cut as might be thought initially. By way of example, while patience is a fine trait, if it results in acceptance of unjust treatment or lack of respect, it becomes a detriment.

Conversely, anger, sometimes viewed as a vice, can bring about change which the more intimidated among us have felt too helpless to challenge.  The Marxist statement about the inability to make an omelette without breaking eggs holds a core of validity. Historically, vice and virtue have been dictated to us by the clergy, and there is no greater example of this than the Seven Deadly Sins.