Quotes

Quotes about Virtue


Exceeding fair she was not; and yet fair
In that she never studied to be fairer
Than Nature made her; beauty cost her nothing,
Her virtues were so rare.

George Chapman

I tell thee Love is Nature's second sun,
Causing a spring of virtues where he shines.

George Chapman

Virtue is not malicious; wrong done her
Is righted even when men grant they err.

George Chapman

Your If is the only peacemaker; much virtue in If.

William Shakespeare

Is it a world to hide virtues in?

William Shakespeare

'T is but the fate of place, and the rough brake
That virtue must go through.

William Shakespeare

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.

William Shakespeare

O, mickle is the powerful grace that lies
In herbs, plants, stones, and their true qualities:
For nought so vile that on the earth doth live
But to the earth some special good doth give,
Nor aught so good but strain'd from that fair use
Revolts from true birth, stumbling on abuse;
Virtue itself turns vice, being misapplied;
And vice sometimes by action dignified.

William Shakespeare

Besides, this Duncan
Hath borne his faculties so meek, hath been
So clear in his great office, that his virtues
Will plead like angels, trumpet-tongued, against
The deep damnation of his taking-off;
And pity, like a naked new-born babe,
Striding the blast, or heaven's cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air,
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind. I have no spur
To prick the sides of my intent, but only
Vaulting ambition, which o'erleaps itself,
And falls on the other.

William Shakespeare

The chariest maid is prodigal enough,
If she unmask her beauty to the moon:
Virtue itself'scapes not calumnious strokes:
The canker galls the infants of the spring
Too oft before their buttons be disclosed,
And in the morn and liquid dew of youth
Contagious blastments are most imminent.

William Shakespeare

O shame! where is thy blush? Rebellious hell,
If thou canst mutine in a matron's bones,
To flaming youth let virtue be as wax,
And melt in her own fire: proclaim no shame
When the compulsive ardour gives the charge,
Since frost itself as actively doth burn,
And reason panders will.

William Shakespeare

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
That monster, custom, who all sense doth eat,
Of habits devil, is angel yet in this.

William Shakespeare

O, now, for ever
Farewell the tranquil mind! farewell content!
Farewell the plumed troop and the big wars
That make ambition virtue! O, farewell!
Farewell the neighing steed and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!
And, O you mortal engines, whose rude throats
The immortal Jove's dread clamours counterfeit,
Farewell! Othello's occupation's gone!

William Shakespeare

Who does i' the wars more than his captain can
Becomes his captain's captain; and ambition,
The soldier's virtue, rather makes choice of loss,
Than gain which darkens him.

William Shakespeare

Your monument shall be my gentle verse,
Which eyes not yet created shall o'er-read,
And tongues to be your being shall rehearse
When all the breathers of this world are dead;
You still shall live--such virtue hath my pen--
Where breath most breathes, even in the mouths of men.

William Shakespeare

Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us, 't were all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd
But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor,
Both thanks and use.

William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

William Shakespeare

For it so falls out
That what we have we prize not to the worth
Whiles we enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost,
Why, then we rack the value; then we find
The virtue that possession would not show us
Whiles it was ours.

William Shakespeare

'T is all men's office to speak patience
To those that wring under the load of sorrow,
But no man's virtue nor sufficiency
To be so moral when he shall endure
The like himself.

William Shakespeare

There is no vice so simple but assumes
Some mark of virtue in his outward parts.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is like precious odours,--most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.

Francis Bacon

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Francis Bacon

Virtue is like a rich stone,--best plain set.

Francis Bacon

Underneath this stone doth lie
As much beauty as could die;
Which in life did harbour give
To more virtue than doth live.

Ben Jonson

Whilst that for which all virtue now is sold,
And almost every vice,--almighty gold.

Ben Jonson

Moderation is the silken string running through the pearl chain of all virtues.

Joseph Hall

Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so had he many vices; he had two distinct persons in him.

Robert Burton

Machiavel says virtue and riches seldom settle on one man.

Robert Burton

Make a virtue of necessity.

Robert Burton

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practise; and yet everybody is content to hear.

John Selden

Doubt not but angling will prove to be so pleasant that it will prove to be, like virtue, a reward to itself.

Izaak Walton

You will find angling to be like the virtue of humility, which has a calmness of spirit and a world of other blessings attending upon it.

Izaak Walton

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

Izaak Walton

And upon all that are lovers of virtue, and dare trust in his Providence, and be quiet and go a-angling.

Izaak Walton

'Cause grace and virtue are within
Prohibited degrees of kin;
And therefore no true saint allows
They shall be suffer'd to espouse.

Samuel Butler

There is no road or ready way to virtue.

Sir Thomas Browne

Abash'd the devil stood,
And felt how awful goodness is, and saw
Virtue in her shape how lovely.

John Milton

Thrones, Dominations, Princedoms, Virtues, Powers.

John Milton

Her virtue and the conscience of her worth,
That would be woo'd, and not unsought be won.

John Milton

Virtue could see to do what virtue would
By her own radiant light, though sun and moon
Were in the flat sea sunk. And Wisdom's self
Oft seeks to sweet retired solitude,
Where with her best nurse Contemplation
She plumes her feathers and lets grow her wings,
That in the various bustle of resort
Were all-to ruffled, and sometimes impair'd.
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit i' th' centre and enjoy bright day;
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the midday sun.

John Milton

Or if Virtue feeble were,
Heav'n itself would stoop to her.

John Milton

Enflamed with the study of learning and the admiration of virtue; stirred up with high hopes of living to be brave men and worthy patriots, dear to God, and famous to all ages.

John Milton

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.

John Milton

Men of most renowned virtue have sometimes by transgressing most truly kept the law.

John Milton

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand,
And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.

John Dryden

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

John Dryden

Blushing is the colour of virtue.

Mathew Henry

Be to her virtues very kind;
Be to her faults a little blind.

Matthew Prior

Curse all his virtues! they 've undone his country.

Joseph Addison

Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps;
And pyramids are pyramids in vales.
Each man makes his own stature, builds himself.
Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids;
Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall.

Edward Young

Souls made of fire, and children of the sun,
With whom revenge is virtue.

Edward Young

In lazy apathy let stoics boast
Their virtue fix'd: 't is fix'd as in a frost;
Contracted all, retiring to the breast;
But strength of mind is exercise, not rest.

Alexander Pope

Know then this truth (enough for man to know),--
"Virtue alone is happiness below."

Alexander Pope

That virtue only makes our bliss below,
And all our knowledge is ourselves to know.

Alexander Pope

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,
Content to dwell in decencies forever.

Alexander Pope

To Berkeley every virtue under heaven.

Alexander Pope

To heal divisions, to relieve th' opprest;
In virtue rich; in blessing others, blest.

Alexander Pope

Note 19.'T is virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell.--William Collins: Oriental Eclogues, i. line 5.

Alexander Pope

Let this great maxim be my virtue's guide,--
In part she is to blame that has been tried:
He comes too near that comes to be denied.

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!

James Thomson

I care not, Fortune, what you me deny:
You cannot rob me of free Nature's grace,
You cannot shut the windows of the sky
Through which Aurora shows her brightening face;
You cannot bar my constant feet to trace
The woods and lawns, by living stream, at eve:
Let health my nerves and finer fibres brace,
And I their toys to the great children leave:
Of fancy, reason, virtue, naught can me bereave.

James Thomson

Whoe'er amidst the sons
Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue
Displays distinguish'd merit, is a noble
Of Nature's own creating.

James Thomson

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

Samuel Johnson

Can't I another's face commend,
And to her virtues be a friend,
But instantly your forehead lowers,
As if her merit lessen'd yours?

Edward Moore

Now let us thank the Eternal Power: convinced
That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction,--
That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour
Serves but to brighten all our future days.

John Brown

Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell:
'T is virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.

William Collins

Careless their merits or their faults to scan,
His pity gave ere charity began.
Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
And even his failings lean'd to Virtue's side.

Oliver Goldsmith

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

Some must be great. Great offices will have
Great talents. And God gives to every man
The virtue, temper, understanding, taste,
That lifts him into life, and lets him fall
Just in the niche he was ordain'd to fill.

William Cowper

No radiant pearl which crested Fortune wears,
No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears,
Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn,
Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn,
Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows
Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.

Erasmus Darwin

Humility, that low, sweet root
From which all heavenly virtues shoot.

Thomas Moore

Yet truth will sometimes lend her noblest fires,
And decorate the verse herself inspires:
This fact, in virtue's name, let Crabbe attest,--
Though Nature's sternest painter, yet the best.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

He left a corsair's name to other times,
Link'd with one virtue and a thousand crimes.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

In virtues nothing earthly could surpass her,
Save thine "incomparable oil," Macassar!

George Gordon Noel Byron, Lord Byron

Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience,
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame
A mechanized automaton.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The virtues of society are the vices of the saints.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ of the first upgrowth of all virtue.

Charles Kingsley

If there be no nobility of descent, all the more indispensable is it that there should be nobility of ascent,--a character in them that bear rule so fine and high and pure that as men come within the circle of its influence they involuntarily pay homage to that which is the one pre-eminent distinction, the royalty of virtue.

Henry Codman Potter

To wipe off the froth of falsehood from the foaming lips of inebriated virtue, when fresh from the sexless orgies of morality and reeling from the delirious riot of religion, may doubtless be a charitable office.

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Badness, look you, you may choose easily in a heap: level is the path, and right near it dwells. But before Virtue the immortal gods have put the sweat of man's brow; and long and steep is the way to it, and rugged at the first.

Hesiod

Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.

Euripides

Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.

Seneca

We give to necessity the praise of virtue.

Quintilian

Nobility is the one only virtue.

Juvenal

The most glorious exploits do not always furnish us with the clearest discoveries of virtue or vice in men.

Plutarch

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in the felicity of lighting on good education.

Plutarch

Have in readiness this saying of Solon, "But we will not give up our virtue in exchange for their wealth."

Plutarch

The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does; just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.

Marcus Aurelius

That virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.

Diogenes Laërtius

He used to define justice as "a virtue of the soul distributing that which each person deserved."

Diogenes Laërtius

The chief good he has defined to be the exercise of virtue in a perfect life.

Diogenes Laërtius

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy! that is the complexion of virtue."

Diogenes Laërtius

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.

Diogenes Laërtius

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light,--although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

Saint Augustine

Others made a virtue of necessity.

François Rabelaisc

She [virtue] requires a rough and stormy passage; she will have either outward difficulties to wrestle with, ... or internal difficulties.

Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne

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

Michel Eyquem, seigneur de Montaigne

Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune.

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

François, duc de La Rochefoucauld

Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

If ignorance and passion are the foes of popular morality, it must be confessed that moral indifference is the malady of the cultivated classes. The modern separation of enlightenment and virtue, of thought and conscience, of the intellectual aristocracy from the honest and common crowd is the greatest danger that can threaten liberty.

Henri Frédéric Amiel

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report: if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

New Testament

..the virtue of a man consists in managing the city’s affairs capably, and so that he will help his friends and injure his foes while taking care to come to no harm himself. Or if you want a woman’s virtue, that is easily described. She must be a good housewife, careful with her stores and obedient to her husband.

There is no virtue if there is no immortality.

The virtue of a historical novel is in its vice - the flatfooted affirmation of possibility as fact.

The best-selling formula for our times insists on the combination of frank sex and technical information. The reader enjoys the sex, and, if he feels any shame in this, it can dissolve in a sense of virtue that he is learning how an airport is run, or a bank, or the White House, or a nuclear installation.

There is no virtue of itself in age

The universe exists and somebody had to make it. The whole complex movement of the universe represents order. The Creator loves order and hates chaos. Virtue is order. Sin is chaos ... The sinner often doesn't understand the extent to which he destroys order ... The soul dedicated to order joins the ultimate divine order

Where your entire love is, namely, with your child, there is also your entire virtue!

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.

George Santayana

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

Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge, virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled.

The Hitopadesa

My loneliness was born when men praised my talkative faults and blamed my silent virtues.

Kahlil Gibran

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

Voltaire

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Cicero

We should every night call ourselves to an account: What infirmity have I mastered today? what passions opposed? what temptation resisted? what virtue acquired? Our vices will abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

Seneca

Practice no vice because it's trivial. Neglect no virtue because it's so.

Chinese proverb

The first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to the gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.

Cato the Younger

Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge, virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled.

The Hitopadesa

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Cicero

Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Cicero

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

Rene Descartes

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

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Confucius

When you enjoy loving your neighbor it ceases to be a virtue.

Kahlil Gibran

I add this also, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability. [Lat., Etiam illud adjungo, saepius ad laudem atque virtutem naturam sine doctrina, quam sine natura valisse doctrinam.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

I add this, that rational ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

Marcus T. Cicero

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

Adlai E. Stevenson

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady, but a newspaper can always print a retraction.

Adlai E. Stevenson

To wake the soul by tender strokes of art, To raise the genius, and to mend the heart; To make mankind, in conscious virtue bold, Live o'er each scene, and be what they behold-- For this the tragic Muse first trod the stage.

Alexander Pope

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon

Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it. -David Starr Jordan.

David Starr Jordan

Knowledge, without common sense, says Lee, is folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death. But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with clarity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.

Austin Farrar

Now let us thank th' eternal power, convinc'd That Heaven but tries our virtue by affliction: That oft the cloud which wraps the present hour, Serves but to brighten our future days!

John Brown (1)

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.

Sir Richard Burton

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

Francois Voltaire

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.

J. P. Senn

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.

Ira Gershwin

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.

Oliver Goldsmith

Tenderness is a virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith

Every trait of beauty may be referred to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, or heroism. St. Pierre To cultivate the sense of the beautiful, is one of the most effectual ways of cultivating an appreciation of the divine goodness.

Christian Nevell Bovee

But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.

John Dryden

If at great things thou would'st arrive, Get riches first, get wealth, and treasure heap, Not difficult, if thou hearken to me; Riches are mine, fortune is in my hand, They whom I favor thrive in wealth amain, While virtue, valor, wisdom, sit in want.

John Milton

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

Edgar Quinet

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

Sir Philip Sidney

The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends most to the perpetuation of society itself. It makes our weakness subservient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family wealth and of the distinction which attends hereditary possessions (as most concerned in it,) are the natural securities for this transmission.

Edmund Burke

Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.

Martin Farquhar Tupper

See where she comes, apparelled like the spring, Graces her subjects, and her thoughts the king Of every virtue gives renown to men!

William Shakespeare

UGLINESS, n. A gift of the gods to certain women, entailing virtue without humility.

Elayne Boosler

Twentieth-century art may start with nothing, but it flourishes by virtue of its belief in itself, in the possibility of control over what seems essentially uncontrollable, in the coherence of the inchoate, and in its ability to create its own values.

A. Alvarez

Exceeding fair she was not; and yet fair In that she never studied to be fairer Than Nature made her; her beauty cost her nothing, Her virtues were so rare.

George Chapman

Not that I have the power to clutch my hand When his fair angels would salute by palm, But for my hand, as unattempted yet, Like a poor beggar, raileth on the rich. Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail And say there is no sin but to be rich; And being rich, my virtue then shall be To say there is no vice but beggary.

William Shakespeare

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.

Joseph Addison

To heal divisions, to relieve the oppress'd, In virtue rich; in blessing others, bless'd.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

Once he saw a youth blushing, and addressed him, "Courage, my boy; that is the complexion of virtue."

Laertius Diogenes

Blushing is the colour of virtue.

Matthew (Mathew) Henry

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Evelyn Waugh

Believe me that it is a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.

Francois Rabelais

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington

Calamity is virtue's opportunity.

Saiom Seneca

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.

William Shakespeare

No might nor greatness in mortality Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny The whitest virtue strikes. What king so strong Can tie the gall up in the slanderous tongue?

William Shakespeare

Praise her but for this her without-door form-- Which on my faith deserves high speech--and straight The shrug, the hum or ha, these pretty brands That calumny doth use--O, I am out, That mercy does, for calumny will sear Virtue itself--these shrugs, these hums and ha's, When you have said she's goodly, come between Ere you can say she's honest.

William Shakespeare

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill

It's in the preparation—in those dreary pedestrian virtues they taught you in seventh grade and you didn't believe. It's making the extra call and caring a lot.

Diane Sawyer

Hannibal, as he had mighty virtues, so head he many vices; . . . he had two distinct persons in him.

Robert Burton

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.

Joseph Addison

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

Henry David Thoreau

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues. [Lat., Pietas fundamentum est omnium virtutum.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

That Paul regarded the subsequent development of Christian life and character as in its totality the work of the Spirit is not questioned. All the Christian virtues are the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22,23). He is the Spirit of holiness (Rom. 1:4), of sanctification (II Thess. 2:13), and of a new life (Rom. 7:6). Love, the greatest of the Christian graces, is the pre-eminent gift of the Spirit (I Cor. 13; Col. 1:8; Rom. 15:30), not only as the grace of character, but also as a principle of unity in the Church (Eph. 4:1-6; cf. 2:18, 22). The Spirit bestows wisdom and knowledge on the individual and in the Church. Paul spoke "God's wisdom in a mystery... through the Spirit, for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God" (I Cor. 2:7-10). "For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom, and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit" (I Cor. 12:8). All Christian knowledge was derived from the Spirit, both by Paul and [the Apostle] John (Eph. 1:17, 23; 3:16-19; John 16:13; I John 2:20, 27; cf. James 1:5, 3:15, 17). (Continued tomorrow).

Thomas Rees

Feast of Gregory, Bishop of Nyssa, & his sister Macrina, Teachers, c.394 & c.379 Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.

St. John Chrysostom

Feast of Edward the Confessor, 1066 Our wills are not ours to be crushed and broken; they are ours to be trained and strengthened. Our affections are not ours to be blighted and crucified; they are ours to be deepened and purified. The rich opportunities of life are not held out to us only to be snatched away by an invisible hand patiently waiting for the hour when the cup is sweetest; they are given to us that we may grow, alike through their rise or their withdrawal. They are real, they are sweet, and they are worthy of our longing for them; we gain nothing by calling them dross, or the world an illusion, or ourselves the victims of deception, or by exalting renunciation as the highest virtue. When these opportunities are denied us, it is a real, not an imaginary, loss which we sustain; and our part is not that of bare renunciation, of simple surrender; our part is to recognize the loss, to bear the pain, and to find a deeper and richer life in doing the will of God.

Hamilton Wright Mabie

The Christian clearly understands that Jesus does not reveal all that is signified by the word "God", but only as much as could be revealed through a perfect human personality living in absolute obedience to God's will. The knowledge of God that men have by virtue of Jesus' revelation is quite enough for men to live by in this life, and to live gloriously and thankfully by, Christians maintain—the knowledge that God the Creator, the Almighty and Eternal, the Lord of history, is man's Heavenly Father, and that love might well be, and indeed is, the ultimate meaning of human existence.

Frederick Ward Kates

We must face the recognition that what the early Christians saw in Jesus Christ, and what we must accept if we look at him rather than at our imaginations about him, was not a person characterized by universal benignity, loving God and loving man. His love of God and his love of neighbor are two distinct virtues that have no common quality but only a common source. Love of God is adoration of the only true good; it is gratitude to the bestower of all gifts; it is joy in holiness; it is "consent to Being." But the love of man is pitiful rather than adoring; it is giving and forgiving rather than grateful. It suffers for them in their viciousness and profaneness; it does not consent to accept them as they are, but calls them to repentance. The love of God is nonpossessive Eros; the love of man pure Agape; the love of God is passion; the love of man, compassion. There is duality here, but not of like-minded interest in two great values, God and man. It is rather the duality of the Son of Man and Son of God, who loves God as man should love Him, and loves man as only God can love, with powerful pity for those who are foundering.

H. Richard Niebuhr

Every Christian, by virtue of membership in the Church, has a vocation to share in the ministry of Christ to the world which has been entrusted to the Church. The vocation is answered in the home and office and factory and field. There it is that the People of God bears its witness to the vocation of the People of God, a people with a people's diversity and complex vitality, a people comprising a multiplicity of cultures and histories and colours and tongues, a people and not a collection of individuals, a people bound together in allegiance to one King and in obedience to one purpose.

F. C. Synge

Since you have forsaken the world and turned wholly to God, you are symbolically dead in the eyes of men; therefore, let your heart be dead to all earthly affections and concerns, and wholly devoted to our Lord Jesus Christ. For you must be well aware that if we make an outward show of conversion to God without giving Him our hearts, it is only a shadow and pretence of virtue, and no true conversion. Any man or woman who neglects to maintain inward vigilance, and only makes an outward show of holiness in dress, speech, and behavior, is a wretched creature. For they watch the doings of other people and criticize their faults, imagining themselves to be something when in reality they are nothing. In this way they deceive themselves. Be careful to avoid this, and devote yourself inwardly to His likeness by humility, charity, and other spiritual virtues. In this way you will be truly converted to God.

Walter Hilton

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

Edmund Burke

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted. [Lat., Spiritalis enim virtus sacramenti ita est ut lux: etsi per immundos transeat, non inquinatur.]

Saint Aurelius Augustine

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.

Joseph Addison

Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.

Clare Booth Luce

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

Alfred North Whitehead

Successful crime is dignified with the name of virtue; the good become the slaves of the impious; might makes right; fear silences the power of the law. [Lat., Prosperum ac felix scelus Virtus vocatur; sontibus patent boni; Jus est in armis, opprimit leges timor.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington

You may wear your virtues as a crown, As you walk through life serenely, And grace your simple rustic gown With a beauty more than queenly. Though only one for you shall care, One only speak your praises; And you never wear in your shining hair, A richer flower than daisies.

Phoebe Cary

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

Francois Fénelon

Abashed the Devil stood, And felt how awful goodness is, and saw Virtue in her own shape how lovely; saw And pined his loss.

John Milton

If by saying that all men are born equal, you mean that they are equally born, it is true, but true in no other sense; birth, talent, labor, virtue, and providence, are forever making differences.

Eugene Edwards

I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers ... We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the.

Thomas Jefferson

There is no virtue in being uncritical; nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.

Richard Livingstone

Education is a companion which no misfortune can depress, no crime can destroy, no enemy can alienate,no despotism can enslave. At home, a friend, abroad, an introduction, in solitude a solace and in society an ornament.It chastens vice, it guides virtue, it gives at once grace and government to genius. Without it, what is man? A splendid slave, a reasoning savage.

Joseph Addison

I destroy my enemy when I make him my friend. Abraham Lincoln There is no little enemy. •Benjamin Franklin The friend of my enemy is my enemy. •Anonymous With friends like this, who needs enemies? •Henny Youngman It is impossible for one person to know another so well that he can dispense with belief. •Friedrich Durrenmatt The quarrels of friends are the opportunities of foes. •Aesop The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy. •Sam Levenson It is easier to forgive an enemy than to forgive a friend. •William Blake He hasn't an enemy in the world - but all his friends hate him. •Eddie Cantor You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you. •Eric Hoffer I do not regret one professional enemy I have made. Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business. •Bette Davis It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. •Sally Kempton 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. •Ricther Mankind's worst enemy is fear of work. •Anonymous Enemies promises were made to be broken. •Aesop The worst tyrants are those which establish themselves in our own breasts. •William Ellery Channing You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends. •Joseph Conrad Love your enemies just in case your friends turn out to be a bunch of bastards. •R A Dickson I have met the enemy, and it is the eyes of other people. •Benjamin Franklin A wise man learns more from his enemies than a fool from his friends. •Baltasar Gracian I have no trouble with my enemies. I can take care of my enemies all right. But my damn friends. They're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights! •Warren Gamaliel Harding Man's chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces put up within him. •Ernest Jones Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. •John F. Kennedy Only enemies speak the truth. Friends and lovers lie endlessly, caught in the web of duty. •Stephen King Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves. •Francois De La Rochefoucauld There is no stronger bond of friendship than a mutual enemy. •Frankfort Moore He who lives by fighting with an enemy has an interest in the preservation of the enemy's life. •Friedrich Nietzsche Bear patiently with a rival. •Ovid Talk well of your friends and of your enemies say nothing. •Proverb Was it a friend or foe that spread these lies? Nay, who but infants question in such wise, 'twas one of my most intimate enemies. •Dante Gabriel Rossetti Remember, to them it is us who are the enemy. •N. F. Simpson Convince an enemy, convince him that he's wrong. To win a bloodless battle, the victory is long. A simple act of faith, reason over might. To blow up his children would only prove him right. •Gordon Sumner One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good. •Jonathan Swift In my life, I have prayed but one prayer: oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.

Benjamin Franklin

The diamond's virtues well might grace The epigram, and both excel In brilliancy in smallest space, And power to cut as well.

Unattributed Author

Some learned writers . . . have compared a Scorpion to an Epigram . . . because as the sting of the Scorpion lyeth in the tayl, so the force and virtue of an epigram is in the conclusion.

Edward Topsell

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

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's error than from his virtues.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Abraham Lincoln

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry M. Goldwater

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues, that we touch each other, and find sympathy. . . . It is in our follies that we are one.

Jerome K. Jerome

No power or virtue of man could ever have deserved that what has been fated should not have taken place. [Lat., Nulla vis humana vel virtus meruisse unquam potuit, ut, quod praescripsit fatalis ordo, non fiat.]

Marcellinus Ammianus (Ammianus Marcellinus)

FIDELITY, n. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Ambrose Bierce

Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.

Ida Ross Wylie

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.

Giuseppe Mazzini

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.

Ruth Benedict

No adulation; 'tis the death of virtue; Who flatters, is of all mankind the lowest Save he who courts the flattery.

Hannah More

Beauty, unaccompanied by virtue, is as a flower without perfume.

French Proverb

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.

Lord Sterne

Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway, Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay.

Elizabeth I

I have loved my friends as I do virtue, my soul, my God.

Sir Thomas Browne

The friendships of the world are oft Confederacies in vice, or leagues of pleasure; Ours has severest virtue for its basis, And such a friendship ends not but with life.

Joseph Addison

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives, two friends that always remained strange to one another, because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity, the other by difference.

Emil Ludwig

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.

Robert Hall

Generosity is a two-edged virtue for an artist - it nourishes his imagination but has a fatal effect on his routine.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow. [Lat., Gloria virtutem tanquam umbra sequitur.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Glory is never where virtue is not. [Fr., La gloire n'est jamais ou la vertu n'est pas.]

Martin le Franc

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Glory is the shadow of virtue.

Latin Proverb

Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, The signet of its all-enslaving power Upon a shining ore, and called it gold; Before whose image bow the vulgar great, The vainly rich, the miserable proud, The mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, And with blind feelings reverence the power That grinds them to the dust of misery. But in the temple of their hireling hearts Gold is a living god, and rules in scorn All earthly things but virtue.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.

Bertrand Russel

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

Edmund Burke

Full many a lady I have eyed with best regard, and many a time Th' harmony of their tongues hath into bondage Brought my too diligent ear; for several virtues Have I liked several women; never any With so full soul but some defect in her Did quarrel with the noblest grace she owed, And put it to the foil.

William Shakespeare

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. [Lat., Gratus animus est una virtus non solum maxima, sed etiam mater virtutum onmium reliquarum.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.

Felix Cicero

Great abilities produce great vices as well as virtues.

Greek Proverb

"Oh! what a vile and abject thing is man unless he can erect himself above humanity." Here is a bon mot and a useful desire, but equally absurd. For to make the handful bigger than the hand, the armful bigger then the arm, and to hope to stride further than the stretch of our legs, is impossible and monstrous. . . . He may lift himself if God lend him His hand of special grace; he may lift himself . . . by means wholly celestial. It is for our Christian religion, and not for his Stoic virtue, to pretend to this divine and miraculous metamorphosis.

Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

'Tis thus the mercury of man is fix'd, Strong grows the virtue with his nature mix'd.

Alexander Pope

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist. Victor Hugo -Diogenes Laertius.

Diogenes Laertius

A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, the fiercest hatred is silent.

Jean Paul Richter

The greatest hatred, like the greatest virtue and the worst dogs, is silent. [Ger., Der grosste Hass ist, wie die grosste Tugend und die schlimmsten Hunde, still.]

Jean Paul Richter

Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.

Iba Ezra

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

Benjamin Whitehead

Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times.

Ben Johnson

HOSPITALITY, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.

Ambrose Bierce

Lowliness is the base of every virtue, And he who goes the lowest builds the safest.

Philip James Bailey

Humility, that low, sweet root, From which all heavenly virtues shoot.

Thomas Moore

Oh, for a forty-parson power to chant Thy praise, Hypocrisy! Oh, for a hymn Loud as the virtues thou dost loudly vaunt, Not practise!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue. [Fr., L'hypocrisie est un hommage que le vice rend a la vertu.]

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

So smooth he daubed his vice with show of virtue That, his apparent open guilt omitted-- I mean, his conversation with Shore's wife-- He lived from all attainder of suspects.

William Shakespeare

Exaggerated self-importance is deemed an individual fault, but a racial virtue.

Kelly Miller

Spontaneously to God should turn the soul, Like the magnetic needle to the pole; But what were that intrinsic virtue worth, Suppose some fellow, with more zeal than knowledge, Fresh from St. Andrew's College, Should nail the conscious needle to the north?

Thomas Hood

He that's ungrateful has no guilt but one; All other crimes may pass for virtues in him.

Edward Young

Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.

Lyman Abbott

Virtue is its own reward.

Anthony Cicero

If I've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue.

George Bush

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.

Nadia Cicero

No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.

Charles Caleb Colton

Can't I another's face commend, Or to her virtues be a friend, But instantly your forehead louers, As if her merit lessen'd yours?

Edward Moore

A good wife is heaven's last, best gift to man, - his gem of many virtues, his casket of jewels; her voice is sweet music, her smiles his brightest day, her kiss the guardian of his innocence, her arms the pale of his safety...

Jeremy Taylor

Did Charity prevail, the press would prove A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.

William Cowper

Judges ought to be more learned than witty, more reverend than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Francis Bacon

He who the sword of heaven will bear Should be as holy as severe; Pattern in himself to know, Grace to stand, and virtue go; More nor less to others paying Than by self-offenses weighing. Shame to him whose cruel striking Kills for faults of his own liking.

William Shakespeare

There in no virtue so truly great and godlike as justice.

Joseph Addison

Justice is that virtue of the soul which is distributive according to desert.

Joseph Aristotle

And Heaven, that every virtue bears in mind, E'en to the ashes of the just is kind.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Lin Confucius

Knowledge, without common sense," says Lee, is "folly; without method, it is waste; without kindness, it is fanaticism; without religion, it is death." But with common sense, it is wisdom with method, it is power; with clarity, it is beneficence; with religion, it is virtue, and life, and peace.

Austin Farrar

I thought of myself as a species of knight errant attacking dragons single-handedly and rescuing musical virtue in distress.

Virgil Thomson

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

Joseph Addison

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.

Edmund Burke

Libraries are as the shrines where all the relics of the ancient saints, full of true virtue, and that without delusion or imposture, are preserved and reposed.

Francis Bacon

When love once pleads admission to our hearts, (In spite of all the virtue we can boast), The woman that deliberates is lost.

Joseph Addison

He that hath a wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Francis Bacon

'Cause grace and virtue are within Prohibited degrees of kin; And therefore no true saint allows, They shall be suffer'd to espouse.

Samuel Butler (1)

I bought an unction of a mountebank, So mortal that, but dip a knife in it, Where it draws blood so cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death That is but scratched withal. I'll touch my point With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly, It may be death.

William Shakespeare

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.

William C. Bryant

What men and women need is encouragement. . . . Instead of always harping on a man's faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits.

Eleanor H. Porter

Mercy among the virtues is like the moon among the stars ... It is the light that hovers above the judgment seat.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Thy father's merit sets thee up to view, And shows thee in the fairest point of light, To make thy virtues, or thy faults, conspicuous.

Joseph Addison

Modesty is the color of virtue.

Diogenes Of Sinope

Be and not seem. A man is related to all nature. The less government we have the better. Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. To be great is to be misunderstood. Every man is in some way my superior. A man is a god in ruins. Life is a festival only to the wise. Knowledge is the only elegance. We boil at different degrees. Infancy conforms to nobody; all conform to it. We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. What is the hardest thing in the world? To think. Accept your genius and say what you think. Make yourself necessary to somebody. The only way to have a friend is to be one. Insist on yourself; never imitate. Music causes us to think eloquently. To live without duties is obscene. It is not length of life, but depth of life. The greatest homage to truth is to use it. The only reward of virtue is virtue. Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path. We become what we think about all day long. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. There is no knowledge that is not power. Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies. Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. Who so would be a man must be a nonconformist. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. Heroism feels and never reasons and is therefore always right. A good indignation brings out all one's powers. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. Beauty rests on necessities. The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy. People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. My chief want in life is someone who shall make me do what I can. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind. We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables. This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. The only sin we never forgive each other is difference of opinion. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. Judge of your natural character by what you do in dreams. What your heart thinks is great, is great. The soul's emphasis is always right. The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization. The only sin we never forgive each other is difference of opinion. Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others. A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if they were real. Perhaps they are. The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Our faith comes in moments, yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences. We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is merely through a transfer of idolatry. What lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. When I was praised I lost my time, for instantly I turned around to look at the work I had thought slightly of, and that day I made nothing new. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself. We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour comes that the mind is ripened. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. Be true to your own act and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant to break the monotony of a decorous age. Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?. The rich mind lies in the sun and sleeps, and is Nature. To think is to act. We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it. Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of somebody's enthusiasm. It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances. If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds. There is no beautifier of complexion or form of behavior like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us. This gives force to the strong - that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action. -U.S. Poet.

U.s. Poet

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

Baruch Spinoza

Women's virtue is man's greatest invention.

Cornelia Otis Skinner

Calamity is virtue's opportunity. [Lat., Calamitas virtutis occasio est.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

Francois de Salignac Fenelon

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

Thomas Paine

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

William Hazlitt

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Joseph Addison

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.

Elayne Aristotle

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.

Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.

Karl Kraus

He left a Corsair's name to other times, Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.

Joseph Addison

A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To make necessity a virtue (a virtue of necessity). [Lat., Necessitatem in virtutem commutarum.]

Hadrianus Julius

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

Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.

Iba Ezra

As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.

Sir Richard Burton

Fond man! though all the heroes of your line Bedeck your halls, and round your galleries shine In proud display; yet take this truth from me-- Virtue alone is true nobility!

Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Whoe'er amidst the sons Of reason, valor, liberty and virtue, Displays distinguished merit, is a noble Of Nature's own creating.

James Thomson (1)

The tall Oak, towering to the skies, The fury of the wind defies, From age to age, in virtue strong. Inured to stand, and suffer wrong.

James Montgomery

If you did wed my sister for her wealth, Then for her wealth's sake use her with more kindness: Or if you like elsewhere, do it by stealth; Muffle your false love with some show of blindness: Let not my sister read it in your eye; Be not thy tongue thy own shame's orator; Look sweet, spear fair, become disloyalty; Apparel vice like virtue's harbinger; Bear a fair presence, though your heart be tainted; Teach sin the carriage of a holy saint; Be secret-false: what need she be acquainted?

William Shakespeare

Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.

William Cicero

There is however a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

Edmund Burke

Patience, n.—A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

Ambrose Bierce

Patience is a minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue.

Ambrose Bierce

To preserve the life of citizens, is the greatest virtue in the father of his country. [Lat., Servare cives, major est virtus patriae patri.]

Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

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

Baruch Spinoza

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

Baruch Spinoza

Virtue is not the absense of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate ting, like pain or a particular smell. - Tremendous Trifles.

G. K. Chesterton

Bluntness is a virtue.

Allison Ling

Nature does not loathe virtue: it is unaware of its existence. - A Letter to Myself.

Françoise Mallet-joris

Virtue herself is her own fairest reward. - Punica.

Silius Italicus

The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

Louis Sallust

Gifts and alms are the expressions, not the essence, of this virtue.

Joseph Addison

O philosophy, life's guide! O searcher-out of virtue and expeller of vices! What could we and every age of men have been without thee? Thou hast produced cities; thou hast called men scattered about into the social enjoyment of life. [Lat., O vitae philosophia dux! O virtutis indagatrix, expultrixque vitiorum! Quid non modo nos, sed omnino vita hominum sine et esse potuisset? Tu urbes peperisti; tu dissipatos homines in societatum vitae convocasti.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?

Noel Seneca

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.

Brooks Anderson

You smile with pomp and rigor, you talk of benevolence and virtue; I act with benevolence and virtue and get murdered time after time.

William Blake

Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves.

Benjamin Franklin

Pleasure blinds (so to speak) the eyes of the mind, and has no fellowship with virtue. [Lat., Voluptas mentis (ut ita dicam) praestringit oculos, nec habet ullum cum virtute commercium.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Pleasure the servant, Virtue looking on.

Ben Jonson

Pleasure's couch is virtue's grave.

Augustine J. Duganne

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

Barry M. Goldwater

Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.

Thomas Hobbes

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

Barry Goldwater

Let but my scarlet head appear And I am held in scorn; Yet juice of subtile virtue lies Within my cup of curious dyes.

Christina G. Rossetti

Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

John Dryden

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Benjamin Franklin

Oh, for a forty-parson power to chant Thy praise, Hypocrisy! Oh, for a hymn Loud as the virtues thou dost loudly vaunt, Not practise!

Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Though pride is not a virtue, it is the parent of many virtues.

George Chapman

He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

Charles Caleb Colton

Prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Francis Bacon

Courage is not a virtue or value among other personal values like love or fidelity. It is the foundation that underlies and gives reality to all other virtues and personal values. Without courage our love pales into mere dependency. Without courage our fidelity becomes conformism.

Rollo May

The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.

Baruch Spinoza

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.

Don Marquis

The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.

Guillaume Apollinaire

I bought an unction of a mountebank, So mortal that, but dip a knife in it, Where it draws blood so cataplasm so rare, Collected from all simples that have virtue Under the moon, can save the thing from death That is but scratched withal. I'll touch my point With this contagion, that, if I gall him slightly, It may be death.

William Shakespeare

As to virtue . . . it is an act of the will, a habit which increases the quantity, intensity and quality of life. It builds up, strengthens and vivifies personality.

Alexis Carrel

Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body. As by the one, health is preserved, strengthened, and invigorated: by the other, virtue (which is the health of the mind) is kept alive, cherished, and confirmed.

Joseph Addison

Reform must come from within, not from without. You cannot legislate for virtue.

James Cardinal Gibbons

Patience is the virtue of an ass, who treads beneath his burden and complains not.

George Granville

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.

William C. Bryant

Remorse is the echo of a lost virtue.

Edward G. Bulwer-lytton

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

St. Evermond

It is easier for a woman to defend her virtue against men than her reputation against women.

Source Unknown

Remove severe restraint and what will become of virtue?

Mahatma Seneca

Jane borrow'd maxims from a doubting school, And took for truth the test of ridicule; Lucy saw no such virtue in a jest, Truth was with her of ridicule the test.

George Crabbe

Princes that would their people should do well Must at themselves begin, as at the head; For men, by their example, pattern out Their limitations, and regard of laws: A virtuous court a world to virtue draws.

Ben Jonson

A prince, the moment he is crown'd, Inherits every virtue sound, As emblems of the sovereign power, Like other baubles in the Tower: Is generous, valiant, just, and wise, And so continues till he dies.

Jonathan Swift

It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.

Jonathan Swift

Why should we fear; and what? The laws? They all are armed in virtue's cause; And aiming at the self-same end, Satire is always virtue's friend.

Charles Churchill

Unless a love of virtue light the flame, Satire is, more than those he brands, to blame; He hides behind a magisterial air He own offences, and strips others' bare.

William Cowper

For science is . . . like virtue, its own exceeding great reward.

Charles Kingsley

Let not soft slumber close your eyes, Before you've collected thrice The train of action through the day! Where have my feet chose out their way? What have I learnt, where'er I've been, From all I've heard, from all I've seen? What have I more that's worth the knowing? What have I done that's worth the doing? What have I sought that I should shun? What duty have I left undone, Or into what new follies run? These self-inquiries are the road That lead to virtue and to God.

Isaac Watts

Self-respect can be a extension of your ego or a priceless virtue. -Anonymous.

Sara Anonymous

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.

Margaret Deland

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist. -Diogenes Laertius.

Diogenes Laertius

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. -David Star Jordan.

David Star Jordan

Pygmies are pygmies still, though percht on Alps; And pyramids are pyramids in vales. Each man makes his own stature, builds himself. Virtue alone outbuilds the Pyramids; Her monuments shall last when Egypt's fall. -Edward Young.

Edward Young

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

Leo Aristotle

If I say that Shakespeare is the greatest of intellects, I have said all concerning him. But there is more in Shakespeare's intellect than we have yet seen. It is what I call an unconscious intellect; there is more virtue in it that he himself is aware of.

Thomas Carlyle

Thyself and thy belongings Are not thine own so proper as to waste Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee. Heaven doth with us as we with torches do, Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues Did not go forth of us, 't were all alike As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd But to fine issues, nor Nature never lends The smallest scruple of her excellence But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines Herself the glory of a creditor, Both thanks and use. -Measure for Measure. Act i. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall. -Measure for Measure. Act ii. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful. -Measure for Measure. Act iii. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

For it so falls out That what we have we prize not to the worth Whiles we enjoy it, but being lack'd and lost, Why, then we rack the value; then we find The virtue that possession would not show us Whiles it was ours. -Much Ado about Nothing. Act iv. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

'T is all men's office to speak patience To those that wring under the load of sorrow, But no man's virtue nor sufficiency To be so moral when he shall endure The like himself. -Much Ado about Nothing. Act v. Sc. 1.

William Shakespeare

There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue in his outward parts. -The Merchant of Venice. Act iii. Sc. 2.

William Shakespeare

Your If is the only peacemaker; much virtue in If. -As You Like It. Act v. Sc. 4.

William Shakespeare

Is it a world to hide virtues in? -Twelfth Night. Act i. Sc. 3.

William Shakespeare

Silence is the genius of fools and one of the virtues of the wise. [Fr., Le silence est l'esprit des sots, et l'une des vertus du sage.]

Pope Boniface VIII

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue: he approaches nearest to the Gods, who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.

Robert Cato

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Francis Bacon

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue

Ralph Waldo Confucius

'Tis easy enough to be pleasant, When life flows along like a song; But the man worth while is the one who will smile When everything does dead wrong; For the test of the heart is trouble, And it always comes with the years, But the smile that is worth the praise of earth Is the smile that comes through tears. . . . . But the virtue that conquers passion, And the sorrow that hides in a smile-- It is these that are worth the homage of earth, For we find them but once in a while.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

To love truth for truth's sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues.

John Locke

My sorrows are overwhelming, but my virtue is left to me. [Fr., Mes malheurs sont combles, mais ma vertu me reste.]

Jean Francois Ducis

Much virtue in Herbs, little in men.

Benjamin Franklin.

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

Sympathy is a virtue unknown in nature.

Paul Eipper

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents.

William Gillmore Simms

Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of which is often fatal to the best of talents; it supplies the place of many talents.

William Gillmore Simms

There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.

Aldous Huxley

No radiant pearl, which crested Fortune wears, No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's wars. Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.

Erasmus Darwin

O cunning enemy that, to catch a saint, With saints dost bait thy hook: most dangerous Is that temptation that doth goad us on To sin in loving virtue.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw

Tenderness is a virtue.

Oliver Goldsmith

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

There are men so incorrigibly lazy that no inducement that you can offer will tempt them to work; so eaten up by vice that virtue is abhorrent to them, and so inveterably dishonest that theft is to them a master passion.

William Booth

Original thoughts can be understood only in virtue of the unoriginal elements which they contain.

Vittorio Alfieri

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

Frank L. Voltaire

The plastic virtues: Purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.

Guillaume Apollinaire

In his address of 19 September 1796, given as he prepared to leave office, President George Washington spoke about the importance of morality to the country's well-being: Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and Morality are indispensable supports.... And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.... Can it be that Providence has not connected the permanent felicity of a Nation with its virtue?

George Washington

The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance.

William Shakespeare

Ne'er blush'd, unless, in spreading vice's snares, She blunder'd on some virtue unawares.

Charles Churchill

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Virtue, I grant you, is an empty boast; But shall the dignity of vice be lost?

Alexander Pope

There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

William Shakespeare

If individuals have no vices, their virtues may be of use to us.

Bret Junius

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.

Henry David Thoreau

Nurse one vice in your bosom. Give it the attention it deserves and let your virtues spring p modestly around it. Then you'll have the miser who's no liar; and the drunkard who's the benefactor of the whole city.

Thornton Wilder

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

Abraham Lincoln

One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.

Klaus Kinski

The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

Samuel Butler

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.

Samuel Confucius

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

Abraham Lincoln

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.

Herbert Samuel

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.

Benjamin Franklin

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.

Rene Descartes

Folks who have no vices have plaguey few virtues.

Abraham Lincoln

To a philosophic eye, the vices of the clergy are far less dangerous than their virtues.

Edward Gibbon

It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.

Charlotte Voltaire

Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country.

Joseph Addison

If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.

Joseph Addison

One's outlook is a part of his virtue.

Amos Bronson Alcott

Virtue and sense are one; and, trust me, still A faithless heart betrays the head unsound.

John Armstrong

Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul, Is the best gift of Heaven: a happiness That even above the smiles and frowns of fate Exalts great Nature's favourites: a wealth That ne'er encumbers, nor can be transferr'd.

John Armstrong

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.

Francis Bacon

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Francis Bacon

Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul. [Fr., La vertu d'un coeur noble est la marque certaine.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

What shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.

Edmund Burke

Virtue is not malicious; wrong done her Is righted even when men grant they err.

George Chapman

That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue. [Lat., Nam quae voluptate, quasi mercede aliqua, ad officium impellitur, ea non est virtus sed fallax imitatio simulatioque virtutis.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Honor is the reward of virtue. [Lat., Honor est premium virtutis.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it. [Lat., Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse, quam videri volunt.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

It is the stain and disgrace of the age to envy virtue, and to be anxious to crush the very flower of dignity. [Lat., Est haec saeculi labes quaedam et macula virtuti invidere, velle ipsum florem dignitatis infringere.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

In the approach to virtue there are many steps. [Lat., In virtute sunt multi adscensus.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Virtue is indeed its own reward. [Lat., Ipsa quidem pretium virtus sibi.]

Claudian (Claudianus)

Virtue when concealed is a worthless thing. [Lat., Vile latens virtus.]

Claudian (Claudianus)

Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.

Wilkie (William) Collins

Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! virtue is at hand.

Wilkie (William) Confucius

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

Wilkie (William) Confucius

All great virtues become great men. [Fr., Toutes grandes vertus conviennent aux grands hommes.]

Pierre Corneille

The only amarantine flower on earth Is virtue.

William Cowper

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

Minna Aristotle

For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.

Elizabeth Blackwell

The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance.

Christian Nevell Bovee

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.

Albert Camus

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.

Alexander Comfort

The virtue in most request is conformity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The virtues of society are vices of the saint. The terror of reform is the discovery that we must cast away our virtues, or what we have always esteemed such, into the same pit that has consumed our grosser vices.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Virtue is the only true nobility.

Thomas Fuller

Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.

Samuel Johnson

Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

The first time you see Winston Churchill you see all his faults and the rest of your life you spend discovering his virtues.

Lady Constance Lytton

Of all the benefits which virtue confers on us, the contempt of death is one of the greatest.

Michel Eyquem De Montaigne

Virtue is a sure anchor.

Michel Eyquem De Motto

Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire.

Laurence Hope Nicolson

If we had to seek virtue outside of ourselves, that would assuredly be difficult; but as it is within us, it suffices to avoid bad thoughts and to keep our souls turned toward the Lord.

Laurence Hope Philokalia

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.

English Proverb

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

Ah, Eugénie, have done with virtues! Among the sacrifices that can be made to those counterfeit divinities, is there one worth an instant of the pleasures one tastes in outraging them?

Marquis De Sade

Assume a virtue if you have it not.

William Shakespeare

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

Adam Smith

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.

Sir John Vanbrugh

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

John Kenneth Galbraith

Virtue is not the absense of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

G. K. Chesterton

Nature does not loathe virtue: it is unaware of its existence.

Françoise Mallet-Joris

Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.

Don Marquis

And be on they guard against the good and the just! They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue— they hate the lonesome ones.

Fredrich Nietzsche

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

Fredrich Confucius

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

Fredrich Confucius

Blushing is the color of virtue.

Richard Diogenes

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

George Bernard Shaw

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the restraints of conscience.

Albert J. Nock

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The only reward of virtue is virtue.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave.

James Russell Lowell

That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess.

Henry David Thoreau

The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.

Jawaharlal Nehru

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.

Edmund Burke

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

Ed Howe

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

George Bernard Shaw

O Washington! thrice glorious name, What due rewards can man decree-- Empires are far below thy aim, And scepters have no charms for thee; Virtue alone has your regards, And she must be your great reward.

Philip Freneau

For everything divine and human, virtue, fame, and honor, now obey the alluring influence of riches. [Lat., Omnis enim res, Virtus, fama, decus, divina, humanaque pulchris Divitiis parent.]

Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Thy wife is a constellation of virtues; she's the moon, and thou art the man in the moon.

William Congreve

The virtue of her lively looks Excels the precious stone; I wish to have none other books To read or look upon.

Unattributed Author

Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul, Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee, Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine!

Joseph Addison

The fiction pleased; our generous train complies, Nor fraud mistrusts in virtue's fair disguise. The work she plyed, but, studious of delay, Each following night reversed the toils of day.

Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")

'Tis virtue, wit, and worth, and all That men divine and sacred call; For what is worth, in anything, But so much money as 't will bring?

Samuel Butler (1)

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country.

Joseph Addison

Poets heap virtues, painters gems, at will, And show their zeal, and hide their want of skill.

Alexander Pope

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