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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.
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.
[The] emperor of the West, the feeble and dissolute Valentinian, [had] reached his thirty-fifth year without attaining the age of reason or courage.
The invariable laws of nature [have] connected peace with innocence, plenty with industry, and safety with valor.
Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.
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.
The joy of life is variety; the tenderest love requires to be rekindled by intervals of absence.
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.
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.
The truth is that cupidity, selfishness, envy, malice, lust, vindictiveness, are constant vices of human nature.
Nine-tenths of our measures for preventing vice are really protective towards it, because they ward off the penalty.
Moral vices prosper by dressing themselves as virtues.
The gods are just, and of our pleasant vices
Make instruments to plague us.
If this be a world of vice and woe, I'll take the vice and you take the woe.
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.
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.
By hating vices too much, they come to love men too little.
[We] live in an age where victimhood is the new currency, victims a new kind of aristocracy, and pity a cardinal virtue.
The problems of victory are more agreeable than the problems of defeat, but they are no less difficult.
His self-love is well requited.
In Japan people drive on the left. In China people drive on the right. In Vietnam it doesn't matter.
See one promontory (said Socrates of old), one mountain, one sea, one river, and see all.
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.
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.
[For] the great incentive to virtue is the reflection that we must die.
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.
Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable … one false step involves her in endless ruin.
Most men admire Virtue who follow not her lore.
Virtue is harder to be got than a knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.
… 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.
The great mistake is that of looking upon men as virtuous, or thinking that they can be made so by laws.
Virtue And Vice
I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
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.
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.
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.
[Only] a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.
Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
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.
… but 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.
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure.
Seldom set foot in your neighbor's house —
too much of you, and he will hate you.
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.
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