You cannot oppose reasoning to pride, the principal of all the vices, since, by its very nature, the proud man refuses to listen to it.
The moral world, that has, perhaps, no particular objection to vice, but an insuperable repugnance to hearing vice called by its proper name.
The first step toward vice is to go about innocent actions in a mysterious manner, and whoever likes secrecy sooner or later has reason to be secretive.[Le premier pas vers le vice est de mettre du mystère aux actions innocentes; et quiconque aime à se cacher a tôt ou tard raison de se cacher.]
Men reject their prophets and slay them, but they love their martyrs and honor those whom they have slain.[Не принимает род людской пророков своих и избивает их, но любят люди мучеников своих и чтят тех, коих замучили.]
It is always a vulgar and often an unhealthy pastime, and it is a vice which does not go alone; the man who gambles will find himself capable of any evil.
I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.[J’aime mieux un vice commode Qu’une fatigante vertu.]
Chastity is a virtue with some, but with many almost a vice. These are continent, to be sure: but doggish lust looketh enviously out of all that they do. Even into the heights of their virtue and into their cold spirit doth this creature follow them, with its discord.