|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|De vitiis nostris scalam nobis facimus, si vitia ipsa calcamus.|
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
St. AugustineSermon 3. De Ascensione.
|Vitia temporis; vitia hominis.|
Vices of the time; vices of the man.
BaconHumble Submission and Supplication to the Lords of Parliament. (1621).
|Vice gets more in this vicious world|
Beaumont and FletcherLoves Cure. Act III. Sc. 1.
| Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.|
BurkeReflections on the Revolution in France.
|To sanction Vice, and hunt Decorum down.|
ByronEnglish Bards and Scotch Reviewers. L. 621.
|And lash the Vice and Follies of the Age.|
Susannah CentlivrePrologue to The Mans Bewitched.
|Neer blushd, unless, in spreading vices snares,|
She blunderd on some virtue unawares.
ChurchillThe Rosciad. L. 137.
| What maintains one vice would bring up two children.|
FranklinPoor Richards Almanac.
|Omne animi vitium tanto conspectius in se|
Crimen habet, quanto major qui peccat habetur.
Every vice makes its guilt the more conspicuous in proportion to the rank of the offender.
JuvenalSatires. VIII. 140.
| We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. No. 195.
|A vice is a failure of desire.|
Gerald Stanley LeeCrowds. Bk. IV. Ch. XIII.
|Saint Augustine! well hast thou said,|
That of our vices we can frame
A ladder, if we will but tread
Beneath our feet each deed of shame.
LongfellowThe Ladder of St. Augustine. St. 1.
|Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast;|
But shall the dignity of vice be lost?
PopeEpilogue to Satires. Dialogue I.
|Vice is a monster of so frightful mien,|
As to be hated needs but to be seen;
Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face,
We first endure, then pity, then embrace.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. II. L. 217.
|The heart resolves this matter in a trice,|
Men only feel the smart, but not the vice.
PopeHorace. Bk. II. Ep. II. L. 216.
|Hominum sunt ista [vitia], non temporum.|
Those vices [luxury and neglect of decent manners] are vices of men, not of the times.
|The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices|
Make instruments to plague us.
King Lear. Act V. Sc. 3. L. 170. (Scourge for plague in quarto.)
|There is no vice so simple but assumes|
Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Merchant of Venice. Act III. Sc. 2. L. 81.
|Vice repeated is like the wandring wind,|
Blows dust in others eyes, to spread itself.
Pericles. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 97.
|O, what a mansion have those vices got|
Which for their habitation chose out thee,
Where beautys veil doth cover every blot,
And all things turn to fair that eyes can see!