like colour TV
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Vices & Virtues
Conscience is what hurts when everything else feels so good.
It is better to be a coward for one minute than dead the rest of your life.
My smoking might be bothering you, but it's killing me.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is perhaps the strangest.
De toutes les aberrations sexuelles, la plus singulière est peut-être encore la chasteté.
Remy de Gourmont (1858-1915)
Once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing; and from robbing he comes next to drinking and sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility and procrastination.
Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859)
Temptation laughs at the fool who takes it seriously.
There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-thinking individuals, no matter how virtuous their cause.
P.J. O'Rourke (1947-2022)
To say that a man is vain means merely that he is pleased with the effect he produces on other people. A conceited man is satisfied with the effect he produces on himself.
Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
While having never invented a sin, I'm trying to perfect several.