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

A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
Edith Wharton

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.
Alphonse Karr

Virtues neglected then, adored become, And graces slighted, blossom on the tomb. (The Borough)
George Crabbe

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

While selfishness joins hands with no one of the virtues, benevolence is allied to them all
Oliver Goldsmith

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

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

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
John Herschel

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

We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us
Hannah More

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

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

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

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Quintilian

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

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

The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.
Alfred Jarry

A "just war" is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
Alexander Cockburn

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

People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
Elizabeth Gaskell

A noble birth and fortune, though they make not a bad man good, yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one and place his virtues in a fairer light
George Lillo

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

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

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
Ayn Rand

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

There is no virtue in the relationship between man and dog that does not originate in the dog
Robert Brault

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Plutarch

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

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

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

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

In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
William Penn

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Ouida

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

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

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

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

Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
Marguerite De Valois

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

There is no virtue can be sooner missed or later welcomed; it begins the rest, and sets them all in order
Thomas Middleton



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