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A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.
Lyman Abbott

Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
Marguerite De Valois

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

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Marcus Aurelius

Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.
Christopher Fry

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Paul Gauguin

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

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

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
Hosea Ballou

The virtue lies
In the struggle, not the prize
Richard Monckton Milnes

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
R S Surtees

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave
James Russell Lowell

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

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

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

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

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
Boris Pasternak

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

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

Actions receive their tincture from the times,
And as they change are virtues made or crimes (A Hymn to the Pillory)
Daniel Defoe

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Ludwig Van Beethoven

The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are dupes of pretended patriots.
Elbridge Gerry

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

What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Blushing is the colour of virtue
Matthew Henry

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

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

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

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

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Plutarch

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

If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

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

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

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

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

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

Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by.
Andre Maurois

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

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
Hannah More

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

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

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

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
Casey Stengel

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

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



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