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Cool Quotes - V


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Arthur Schopenhauer

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


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

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