Vice and Virtue
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Alas, fortune does not change men; it unmasks them.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
If only bad habits could be broken as easily as hearts!
The more debauched one becomes, the more one's fantasies revolve around chastity.
We are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.
Character is what you know you are, not what others think you have.
How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
In order to preserve your self-respect, it is sometimes necessary to lie and cheat.
Coward: one who, in a perilous emergency, thinks with his legs.
There is not any memory with less satisfaction than the memory of some temptation we resisted.
It has been observed that one's nose is never so happy as when it is thrust into the affairs of another, from which some physiologists have drawn the inference that the nose is devoid of the sense of smell.