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Virtue alone is happiness below.
      - George Crabbe, The Borough (letter XVI)

Virtue does not truly reward her votary if she leaves him sad and half doubtful whether it would not have been better to serve vice.
      - George William Curtis

I believe that Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.
      - Charles Dickens

Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness.
      - Laertius Diogenes, Plato (XLII)

To worthiest things, virtue, art, beauty, fortune, now I see, rareness of use, not nature value brings.
      - Dr. John Donne

Virtue in distress, and vice in triumph make atheists of mankind.
      - John Dryden

Virtue, the more it is exposed, like purest linen, laid in open air, will bleach the more, and whiten to the view.
      - John Dryden

And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
      - John Dryden, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. I, ode XXIX, l. 87)

Beware of the virtue which a man boasts is his.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Even virtue is an art; and even its devotees are divided into those who practise it and those who are merely amateurs.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Virtue alone is sweet society,
  It keeps the key to all heroic hearts,
    And opens you a welcome in them all.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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,
        Essays--First Series--Self-Reliance

The only reward of virtue is virtue.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Friendship

Virtue consisteth of three parts,--temperance, fortitude, and justice.
      - Epicurus

O virtue, I have followed you through life, and find you at last but a shade.
      - Euripides

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

Virtue dwells at the head of a river, to which we cannot get but by rowing against the stream.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Virtue is the truest liberty.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

Virtue were a kind of misery if fame were all the garland that crowned her.
      - Owen Felltham (Feltham)

As they suspect a man in the city who is ostentatious of his riches, so should the woman he who makes the most noise of her virtue.
      - Henry Fielding

Some virtuous women are too liberal in their insults to a frail sister; but virtue can support itself without borrowing any assistance from the vices of other women.
      - Henry Fielding

All bow to virtue and then walk away.
      - J. de Finod

The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

Hast thou virtue? acquire also the graces and beauties of virtue.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.
      - Benjamin Franklin

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