Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)
It is a great thing to know our vices.
Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
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 (1932 – )
Hate no one; hate their vices, not themselves.
J. G. C. Brainard
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Rene Descartes (1596 – 1650), ‘Le Discours de la Methode,’ 1637
Nothing is as certain as that the vices of leisure are gotten rid of by being busy.
Seneca (5 BC – 65 AD), Moral Letters to Lucilius, 64 A.D.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Sir Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965)
Here’s a rule I recommend: Never practice two vices at once.
Tallulah Bankhead (1903 – 1968)
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