Vice and Virtue
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For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
'Twas a woman who drove me to drink, and I never had the courtesy to thank her for it.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
We are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
If I didn't have a problem with alcohol, I'd drink all the time.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
The Puritans hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.