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Vice and Virtue

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tiny.ag/qeydmvyx  ·   Fair (899 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/tymlwb79  ·   Fair (3392 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

For a man to achieve all that is demanded of him, he must regard himself as greater than he is.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, in Vice and Virtue and Work and Recreation

tiny.ag/mabd7tri  ·   Fair (117 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Live so that your friends can defend you but never have to.

Arnold H. Glasgow, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/q2py4esl  ·   Fair (158 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Let us so live that when we come to die, even the undertaker will be sorry.

Mark Twain, in Life and Death and Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/17uoj5hx  ·   Fair (356 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue and Work and Recreation

tiny.ag/qnvx9otp  ·   Fair (205 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/mbwozhf6  ·   Fair (191 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/xuteqz61  ·   Fair (328 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always do right -- this will gratify some and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/9te2rxr1  ·   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

tiny.ag/9uv5rp2p  ·   Fair (303 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He whose face gives no light shall never become a star.

William Blake, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/e2igybvl  ·   Fair (1042 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by Erwin van Moll

In adultery, there is usually tenderness and self-sacrifice; in murder, courage; in profanation and blasphemy, a certain satanic splendour. Judas elected those offences unvisited by any virtues: abuse of confidence and informing.

Jorge Luis Borges, "Three Versions of Judas", in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/ubsgpw2q  ·   Fair (226 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.

James Branch Cabell, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/krxruwjx  ·   Fair (1238 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Following the Equator (paperback)

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Mark Twain, Following the Equator, in Happiness and Misery and Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/2p8s4z0u  ·   Fair (380 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always tell the truth. That way, you don't have to remember what you said.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/mltkwzme  ·   Fair (333 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

Mark Twain, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/iufy8ewr  ·   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

tiny.ag/bungm82p  ·   Fair (264 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/ckjtcepm  ·   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

tiny.ag/xo2lhomi  ·   Fair (187 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by A. Heyn

To forget is human, to forgive divine.

Marc Spierings, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/zllwc8ka  ·   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