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VIRTUE
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[ Also see Character Chastity Conscience Crime Evil Excellence Goodness Holiness Innocence Integrity Knavery Merit Morality Purity Religion Right Righteousness Sin Truth Vice Wisdom Worth ]

Our virtues, as well as our vices, are often scourges for our own backs.
      - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Whenever there are great virtues, it's a sure sign something's wrong.
      - Bertolt Brecht

There is no community or commonwealth of virtue; every man must study his own economy, and erect these rules unto the figure of himself.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Virtue, vain word, futile shadow, slave of chance! Alas! I believe in thee!
      - Marcus Junius Brutus

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

Virtue will catch as well as vice by contact; and the public stock of honest manly principle will daily accumulate. We are not too nicely to scrutinize motives as long as action is irreproachable. It is enough (and for a worthy man perhaps too much) to deal out its infamy to convicted guilt and declared apostasy.
      - Edmund Burke

What shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Reflections on the Revolution in France

Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.
      - Bishop Joseph Butler

No virtue can be real that has not been tried. The gold in the crucible alone is perfect; the loadstone tests the steel, and the diamond is tried by the diamond, while metals gleam the brighter in the furnace.
      - Pedro Calderon de la Barca

He who talks much about virtue in the abstract, begins to be suspected; it is shrewdly guessed that where there is great preaching there will be little almsgiving.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Virtue is, like health, the harmony of the whole man.
      - Thomas Carlyle

If thou takest virtue for the rule of life, and valuest thyself upon acting in all things comfortably thereto, thou wilt have no cause to envy lords and princes; for blood is inherited, but virtue is common property, and may be acquired by all; it has, moreover, an intrinsic worth, which blood has not.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra)

All virtue lies in individual action, in inward energy, in self-determination. The best books have most beauty.
      - William Ellery Channing

There have been men who could play delightful music on one string of the violin, but there never was a man who could produce the harmonies of heaven in his soul by a one-stringed virtue.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Virtue is not malicious; wrong done her
  Is righted even when men grant they err.
      - George Chapman, Monsieur D'Olive
         (act I, sc. 1, l. 127)

The firste vertu, sone, if thou wolt leere,
  Is to restreyne and kepe wel thy tonge;
    Thus lerne childen whan that they been yonge.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer

Many new years you may see, but happy ones you cannot see without deserving them. These virtue, honor, and knowledge alone can merit, alone can produce.
      - 4th Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope

Virtue maketh men on the earth famous, in their graves illustrious, in the heavens immortal.
      - Mrs. Lydia Maria Child

The virtuous to those mansions go
  Where pleasures unembitter'd flow,
    Where, leading up a jocund band,
      Vigor and Youth dance hand in hand,
        Whilst Zephyr, with harmonious gales,
          Pipes softest music through the vales,
            And Spring and Flora, gaily crown'd,
              With velvet carpet spread the ground;
                With livelier blush where roses bloom,
                  And every shrub expires perfume.
      - Charles Churchill

Weak is that throne, and in itself unsound,
  Which takes not solid virtue for its ground.
      - Charles Churchill

Every generous action loves the public view; yet no theatre for virtue is equal to a consciousness of it.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is difficult to persuade mankind that the love of virtue is the love of themselves.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

It is not enough merely to possess virtue, as if it were an art; it should be practised.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

No one dies too soon who has finished the course of perfect virtue.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

The whole of virtue consists in its practice.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)


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