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Miserable man! Oh! most contemptible and worthy of all scorn; with slouched hat and guilty eye, skulking from his God; prowling among the shipping like a vile burglar hastening to cross the seas. - Herman Melville


From powerful causes spring the empiric's gains, Man's love of life, his weakness, and his pains; These first induce him the vile trash to try, Then lend his name, that other men may buy. - George Crabbe


The first and best victory is to conquer self; to be conquered by self is of all things most shameful and vile. - Plato [Platon]


Look here, he cries (to give him words): Thou feathered clay, thou scum of birds! Look here, thou vile, predestined sinner, Doomed to be roasted for a dinner. - Aaron Hill


Self-love, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting. - William Shakespeare


Virtue when concealed is a worthless thing. [La., Vile latens virtus] - Claudian [Claudius Claudianus]


Things base and vile, holding no quantity, love can transpose to form and dignity. Love looks not with the eye, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind. - William Shakespeare


Who doth right deeds Is twice born, and who doeth ill deeds vile. - Edwin Arnold


In durance vile here must I wake and weep, And all my frowsy couch in sorrow steep. - Robert Burns