A Quote by James Fenimore Cooper on democracy, laws, men, tyranny, and vices

It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny.

James Fenimore Cooper (1789 - 1851)

Source: The American Democrat, 1838

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A Quote by Clive Staples (Jack) Lewis on christianity, conceit, devil, evil, god, greed, humility, lies, mind, morality, opposites, pride, teachers, vices, and virtue

The vice I am talking about is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea-bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.

Jack Lewis (1898 - 1963)

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A Quote by J. A. Spender on vices and youth

Hostility to youth is the worst vice of the middle-aged.

J. A. Spender

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A Quote by H.W. Nevinson on cruelty, mind, and vices

Cruelty is the vice most natural to dullness of mind.

H.W. Nevinson (1856 - 1941)

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A Quote by Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace on beginning, vices, virtue, and wisdom

To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and the beginning of wisdom is to have got rid of folly.

Horatius (65 - 8 BC)

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A Quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on companions, deed, men, saints, shame, and vices

Saint Augustine! well has thou said, That of our vices we can frame A ladder, if we will but tread Beneath our feet each deed of shame! . . . The heights by great men reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight, But they, while their companions slept, Were toiling upward in the night.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882)

Source: The Ladder of Saint Augustine

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on life, vices, and virtue

Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on time, vices, and virtue

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

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Hannah Arendt on assumptions, crime, evil, hypocrisy, integrity, intention, radicals, and vices

As witnesses not of our intentions but of our conduct, we can be true or false, and the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

Hannah Arendt (1906 - 1975)

Source: On Revolution (1963)

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A Quote by Gertrude Stein on animals, men, money, and vices

. . . money . . . is really the difference between men and animals, most of the things men feel, animals feel, and vice versa, but animals do not know about money.

Gertrude Stein (1874 - 1946)

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