A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on pride and vices

Pride is a vice, which pride itself inclines every man to find in others, and to overlook in himself.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on friendship, people, and vices

I am a great friend to public amusements; for they keep people from vice.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. iii. Chap. viii. 1772.

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on courage, quality, vices, and virtue

Courage is a quality so necessary for maintaining virtue, that it is always respected, even when it is associated with vice.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Samuel Butler on vices and virtue

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

Samuel Butler (1612 - 1680)

Source: Notebooks,

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A Quote by Sam Keen on change, destruction, earth, economics, habits, ideas, inventions, love, men, soul, success, vices, virtue, wonder, and work

The Greeks invented the idea of nemesis to show how any single virtue, stubbornly maintained gradually changes into a destructive vice. Our success, our industry, our habit of work have produced our economic nemesis. Work made modern men great, but now threatens to usurp our souls, to inundate the earth in things and trash, to destroy our capacity to love and wonder.

Sam Keen

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A Quote by S. Smiles on idleness, individuality, energy, progress, selfishness, and vices

National progress is the sum of individual industry, energy, and uprightness, as national decay is of individual idleness, selfishness, and vice.

S. Smiles

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A Quote by Robert Smith Surtees on flattery, people, vices, and virtue

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

Robert Surtees

Source: The Analysis of the Hunting Field, 1846

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A Quote by Robert Louis Stevenson on cheerfulness, duty, life, men, morality, and vices

Gentleness and cheerfulness, these come before all morality: they are the perfect duties. If your morals make you dreary, depend on it they are wrong. I do not say, 'give them up,' for they may be all you have; but conceal them like a vice, lest they should spoil the lives of better men

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

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A Quote by Robert Burton on vices


Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so had he many vices; he had two distinct persons in him.

Robert Burton (1577 - 1640)

Source: Anatomy of Melancholy

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A Quote by Robert Browning on crime, delay, frustration, life, losing, lovers, vices, virtue, and worth

I hear you reproach, "But delay was best, For their end was a crime." Oh, a crime will do As well, I reply, to serve for a test As a virtue golden through and through, Sufficient to vindicate itself And prove its worth at a moment's view! . . . . . . Let a man contend to the uttermost For his life's set prize, be it what it will! The counter our lovers staked was lost As surely as if it were lawful coin; And the sin I impute to each frustrate ghost Is-the unlit lamp and the ungirt loin, Though the end in sight was a vice, I say.

Robert Browning (1812 - 1889)

Source: The Statue and the Bust.

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