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When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine

Leave those vain moralists, my friend, and return to the depth of your soul: that is where you will always rediscover the source of the sacred fire which so often inflamed us with love of the sublime virtues; that is where you will see the eternal image of true beauty, the contemplation of which inspires us with a holy enthusiasm. (La Nouvelle Heloise)
Jean Jacques Rousseau

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Plutarch

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words
Hippocrates

I would remind you that extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
Barry Goldwater

There are nine orders of angels, to wit, angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim
Billy Graham

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.
Lao Tzu

One of the vices of the virtue of decentralization is that people don't share ideas.
Dorothy Nevill

I design for real people. I think of our customers all the time. There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing or accessories that are not practical.
Giorgio Armani

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

The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
Thomas Hardy

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
Napoleon Bonaparte

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Jean Paul Richter

So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.
Edward Dahlberg

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
William Hazlitt

There is in us more of the appearance of sense and virtue than of the reality.
Marguerite De Valois

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice
Montaigne

Human freedom is realised in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end. - 'Metaphysical Principles of Virtue'
Imannuel Kant

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

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

Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
Edward Gibbon

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Sir Walter Scott

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater

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

Ambition, in a private man is a vice, Is in a prince the virtue (The Bashful Lover)
Philip Massinger

To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue
Hannah More

Conquest is the missionary of valoor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
Walter Bagehot

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

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

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

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

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

Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
Edgar Watson Howe

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

One path alone leads to a life of peace: The path of virtue.
Juvenal

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Aristotle

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

If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
(Rewards and Fairies 1910, 'If-')
Rudyard Kipling

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Aristotle

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Adlai E Stevenson

The characteristic virtue of Englishmen is power of sustained practical activity and their characteristic vice a reluctance to test the quality of that activity by reference to principles.
R H Tawney

Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it...
Aristotle

My general thesis was that Lust should be shifted from the category of Sin to that of Virtue. [on giving a lecture on Lust, one of the Seven Deadly Sins]
Simon Blackburn

And there's one rare strange virtue in their speeches,
The secret of their mastery - they are short.
Fitz-Greene Halleck

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
Max Beerbohm

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

Virtue alone outbuilds the pyramids:
Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall
Edward Young

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Francis Bacon



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