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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
A man must either imitate the vicious or hate them.  Montaigne.  1
A vicious man has a good title to vice.  2
After one vice a greater follows.  Spanish.  3
All vice infatuates and corrupts the judgment.  4
Concealed goodness is a sort of vice.  5
Every vice fights against nature.  6
Great parts produce great vices as well as virtues.  Plato.  7
Great vices as well as great virtues make men famous.  8
He who is free from vice himself is the slower to suspect it in others.  Greek.  9
He who plunges into vice resembles a man who rolls from the top of a precipice.  Chinese.  10
He who suffers himself to hate vice will hate mankind.  Thrasea.  11
If you swallow vice ’twill rise badly in your stomach.  12
Lordly vices require lordly estates.  13
Most of our evils come from our vices.  14
Never open the door to a little vice lest a great one enter with it.  15
No vice but hath its patron.  16
No vice goes alone.  17
One vice begets another.  18
Our pleasant vices are made the whip to scourge us.  Shakespeare.  19
Private vices are public benefits.  (Mandeville’s celebrated paradox.)  20
The maintaining of one vice costeth more than ten virtues.  21
The proudest vice is ashamed to wear its own face long.  22
The vicious man should date his destruction from his first temptation.  Lapland.  23
The vicious obey their passions as slaves do their masters.  Diogenes.  24
Through tattered clothes small vices do appear,
Robes and furred gowns hide all.  Shakespeare.
’Tis the most dangerous vice looks like virtue.  26
To blush at vice shows the world you are ashamed of it.  27
Vice always produces contempt.  Dr. Johnson.  28
Vice begins in mistake and ends in ignominy.  Rambler.  29
Vice can never be too great to be lashed, nor virtue too poor to be commended.  Fielding.  30
Vice gets more in this vicious world than piety.  Beaumont and Fletcher.  31
Vice hath not a more abject slave than the slanderer.  Fielding.  32
Vice is a monster of such 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.  Pope.
Vice is cherished and thrives by concealment.  Latin.  34
Vice is its own punishment and sometimes its own cure.  35
Vice is learnt without a school-master.  Danish.  36
Vice is the most dangerous when it puts on the garb of virtue.  Publius Syrus.  37
Vice loses half its evil by losing its grossness.  Burke.  38
Vice makes virtue shine.  39
Vice often rides triumphant in virtue’s chariot.  40
Vice ruleth where God reigneth.  41
Vice stings us even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us even in our pains.  42
Vice will stain the noblest race.  Horace.  43
What maintains one vice would bring up two children.  44
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves we leave them.  45
Where vice goes before, vengeance follows after.  46
Where vice is, vengeance follows.  47

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