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Vacant heart, and hand, and eye,
Easy live and quiet die.
Sir Walter Scott


It doesn't matter where I go, just as long as no one goes with me. I could vacation in my own home if everyone would leave me the fuck alone.
Samuel Halpern

No, I'm gonna stay home. You can take a family vacation, and I'll take a vacation from the family. Trust me, it'll make both of our time more enjoyable.
Samuel Halpern


[The] emperor of the West, the feeble and dissolute Valentinian, [had] reached his thirty-fifth year without attaining the age of reason or courage.
Edward Gibbon


The invariable laws of nature [have] connected peace with innocence, plenty with industry, and safety with valor.
Edward Gibbon


Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Vanity, thus confirmed in her dominion, readily listens to the voice of idleness, and sooths the slumber of life with continual dreams of excellence and greatness.
Samuel Johnson

Nothing, therefore, can show greater depravity of understanding, than to delight in the show when the reality is wanting; or voluntarily to become poor, that strangers may for a time imagine us to be rich.
Samuel Johnson

Yet vanity inclines us to find faults any where rather than in ourselves. He that reads and grows no wiser, seldom suspects his own deficiency; but complains of hard words and obscure sentences, and asks why books are written which cannot be understood?
Samuel Johnson


The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence.
Samuel Johnson


As there is no character so deformed as to fright away from it the prostitutes of praise, there is no degree of encomiastick veneration which pride has refused.
Samuel Johnson


I think that sick people in Ankh-Morpork generally go to a vet. It's generally a better bet. There's more pressure on a vet to get it right. People say "it was god's will" when granny dies, but they get angry when they lose a cow.
Terry Pratchett

Personally, I have always felt the best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can't ask his patients what is the matter—he's got to just know.
Will Rogers


The truth is that cupidity, selfishness, envy, malice, lust, vindictiveness, are constant vices of human nature.
William Graham Sumner

Nine-tenths of our measures for preventing vice are really protective towards it, because they ward off the penalty.
William Graham Sumner

Moral vices prosper by dressing themselves as virtues.
Kenneth Minogue

The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
William Shakespeare

If this be a world of vice and woe, I'll take the vice and you take the woe.
Winston Churchill

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.
Alexander Pope

A man, indeed, is not genteel when he gets drunk; but most vices may be committed very genteelly: a man may debauch his friend's wife genteelly: he may cheat at cards genteelly.
Samuel Johnson

By hating vices too much, they come to love men too little.
Edmund Burke

The decline of society can always be traced to vices which arise from wrong attitudes.
Thomas More


[We] live in an age where victimhood is the new currency, victims a new kind of aristocracy, and pity a cardinal virtue.
Jonah Goldberg

Whenever you think something or some person is ruining your life, it's you. A victimization mentality is so debilitating.
Charlie Munger


The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
Winston Churchill

Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan. (La vittoria trova cento padri, e nessuno vuole riconoscere l'insuccesso.)
Count Galeazzo Ciano

Vidal, Gore

His self-love is well requited.
Joseph Rago, of Gore Vidal


In Japan people drive on the left. In China people drive on the right. In Vietnam it doesn't matter.
P. J. O'Rourke


See one promontory (said Socrates of old), one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.
Robert Burton


When we reflect upon the brutal vices of these salt-water bandits [Vikings], pirates as shameful as any whom the sea has borne, or recoil from their villainous destruction and cruel deeds, we must also remember the discipline, the fortitude, the comradeship and martial virtues which made them at this period beyond all challenge the most formidable and daring race in the world.
Winston Churchill


Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite virginity.


The easy, gentle, and sloping path … is not the path of true virtue. It demands a rough and thorny road.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

[For] the great incentive to virtue is the reflection that we must die.
Samuel Johnson

The tribe is likewise very numerous of those who regulate their lives, not by the standard of religion, but the measure of other men's virtue; who lull their own remorse with the remembrance of crimes more atrocious than their own, and seem to believe that they are not bad while another can be found worse.
Samuel Johnson

Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable … one false step involves her in endless ruin.
Jane Austen

Most men admire Virtue who follow not her lore.
John Milton

Virtue is harder to be got than a knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.
John Locke

It may be at least inculcated that pleasures are more safely postponed than virtues, and that greater loss is suffered by missing an opportunity of doing good, than an hour of giddy frolick and noisy merriment.
Samuel Johnson

The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws.
Henry St John, Lord Bolingbroke

The utmost excellence at which humanity can arrive, is a constant and determinate pursuit of virtue, without regard to present dangers or advantage; a continual reference of every action to the divine will; an habitual appeal to everlasting justice; and an unvaried elevation of the intellectual eye to the reward which perseverance only can obtain.
Samuel Johnson

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

(Considerate la vostra semenza:
Fatti non foste a viver come bruti,
Ma per seguir virtute e conoscenza

Dante Alighieri

I see the rural virtues leave the land.
Oliver Goldsmith

Virtue and Vice

I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne

I prefer an accommodating vice to an obstinate virtue.

Perhaps it would not be easy, within the same historical space, to find more vice and less virtue. We are continually shocked by the union of savage [Barbarian] and corrupt [Roman] manners.
Edward Gibbon

It was [Totila's] constant theme, that national vice and ruin are inseparably connected; that victory is the fruit of moral as well as military virtue; and that the prince, and even the people, are responsible for the crimes which they neglect to punish.
Edward Gibbon

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor

[Only] a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
Benjamin Franklin

Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
Author unidentified

But if he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, Sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.
Samuel Johnson

It seldom happens that we can contain ourselves long in a neutral state, or forbear to sink into vice, when we are no longer soaring towards virtue.
Samuel Johnson

Virtue can stand without assistance, and considers herself as very little obliged by countenance and approbation: but vice, spiritless and timorous, seeks the shelter of crowds, and support of confederacy.
Samuel Johnson

The wicked are wicked, no doubt, and they go astray and they fall, and they come by their deserts; but who can tell the mischief which the very virtuous do?
William Makepeace Thackeray


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau (Attributed)

The dwarf sees farther than the giant, when he has the giant's shoulder to mount on.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer


Visits always give pleasure—if not the arrival, the departure.
Portuguese proverb

Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house—
too much of you, and he will hate you.
Proverbs 25:17


There are many that think I am too fierce against popedom; on the contrary, I complain that I am, alas! too mild; I wish I could breath out lightning against pope and popedom, and that every word were a thunderbolt.
Martin Luther


I always voted at my party's call,
And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.
W. S. Gilbert

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