We make ourselves a ladder out of our vices if we trample the vices themselves underfoot.
We make a ladder for ourselves of our vices, if we trample those same vices underfoot.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We should every night call ourselves to an account: what infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.
Of all vices, drinking is the most incompatible with greatness.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
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