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The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Aristotle

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
J A Schumpeter

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues
Giuseppe Mazzini

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor

Virtue is the roughest way, but proves at night a bed of down
Sir Henry Wotton

Creative thinking may mean simply the realisation that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done.
Rudolf Flesch

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Tacitus

Virtues are acquired through endeavour, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
Nagarjuna

Confidence in another man's virtue is no slight evidence of a man's own
Montaigne

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
W B Yeats

Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.
John Milton

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
Ayn Rand

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
R Buckminster Fuller

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
Galbraith

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
Leo Tolstoy

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Alfred North Whitehead

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Aristotle

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue, and does not admit of assumptions of superiority
Mencius

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
Lord Byron

Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can not be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.
Ezra Pound

A large part of Christian virtue consists in right habits.
William Paley

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Honore De Balzac

It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Rebecca West

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.
Bishop Jeremy Taylor

Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.
Sir Thomas Browne

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Voltaire

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
Samuel Butler

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Benedict Spinoza

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
George Bernard Shaw

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
Adam Smith

Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity, and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
Francis Atterbury

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

Though a hundred crooked paths may conduct to a temporary success, the one plain and straight path of public and private virtue can alone lead to a pure and lasting fame and the blessings of posterity
Edward Everett

I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
Carl Gustav Jung

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Anatole France

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
Benjamin Disraeli

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Francis Bacon

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
Saint Augustine

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
Hosea Ballou

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Sydney Smith

The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel
Oliver Goldsmith

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
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