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Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue. [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu] - Francois de la Rochefoucauld


If he really thinks there is no distinction between vice and virtue, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons. - Samuel Johnson


Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied, And vice sometime by action dignified. (Romeo and Juliet) - William Shakespeare


What maintains one vice would bring up two children. - Benjamin Franklin


Depend on no man, on no friend, but him who can depend on himself. He only who acts conscientiously towards himself will act so towards others, and vice versa. - Johann Kaspar Lavater


What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. - Hannah Arendt


Let's not talk so much about vice. I'm against vice in all forms. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy


Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


What is crime amongst the multitude, is only vice among the few. - Benjamin Disraeli