December 4, 2022

Virtue vs. Decadence

cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown] 1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man. 2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

“Nobody is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart; for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.”
— James Baldwin

“Every man knows his follies and often they are the most interesting thing he has got.”
— Josh Billings

“The good people sleep much better at night than the bad people. Of course, the bad people enjoy the waking hours much more.”
— Woody Allen

“My good intentions are completely lethal.”
— Margaret Atwood

“Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice; and yet everybody is content to hear.”
— John Selden

“I believe in getting into hot water; it keeps you clean.”
— G. K. Chesterton

“I prefer the wicked rather than the foolish. The wicked sometimes rest.”
— Alexandre Dumas pere

“If pleasures are greatest in anticipation, just remember that this is also true of trouble.”
— Elbert Hubbard

“I hate mankind, for I think myself to be one of them, and I know how bad I am.”
— Samuel Johnson

“The unfortunate thing about this world is that the good habits are much easier to give up than the bad ones.”
— W. Somerset Maugham

“Sin is a dangerous toy in the hands of the virtuous. It should be left to the congenitally sinful, who know when to play with it and when to let it alone.”
— H. L. Mencken

“The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.”
— Virginia Woolf

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