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Comment#  ·   Fair (289 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when it is thrust into the affairs of another, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.

Ambrose Bierce, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (506 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent

William Blake, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (246 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is dangerous to be sincere unless you are also stupid.

George Bernard Shaw, in Altruism and Cynicism and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (248 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (52 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

They are never alone who are accompanied by noble thoughts.

Philip Sidney, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (100 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

Socrates, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (187 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by A. Heyn

To forget is human, to forgive divine.

Marc Spierings, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (1026 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

If only bad habits could be broken as easily as hearts!

Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in Love and Hate and Vice and Virtue

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Comment#  ·   Fair (807 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

The more debauched one becomes, the more one's fantasies revolve around chastity.

Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in Vice and Virtue

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Comment#  ·   Fair (55 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everything in moderation -- including moderation.

Harvey Steiman, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (1091 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Alas, fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.

Stephen T. Steve, in Vice and Virtue and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (183 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.

Jonathan Swift, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (264 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (739 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

I should not talk so much about myself were there anybody else whom I knew as well.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (427 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.

Ambrose Bierce, in Vice and Virtue and War and Peace

Comment#  ·   Fair (74 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A man wrapped up in himself makes a pretty small package.

John Ruskin, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (57 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Give me chastity and continence, but not yet.

Saint Augustine, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (734 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

The greatest reward for doing is the opportunity to do more.

Jonas Salk, in Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (86 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

William Saroyan, in Success and Failure and Vice and Virtue

Comment#  ·   Fair (57 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it.

Charles Schulz, in Vice and Virtue

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