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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 ]

Virtue alone is sufficient to make a man great, glorious, and happy.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Yet why should learning hope success at court?
  Why should our patriots' virtues cause support?
    Why to true merit should they have regard?
      They know that virtue is its own reward.
      - John Gay, Epistle to Methuen (l. 39)

Shall ignorance of good and ill
  Dare to direct the eternal will?
    Seek virtue, and, of the possest,
      To Providence resign the rest.
      - John Gay, The Father and Jupiter

Virtue alone is true nobility.
      - Humphrey Gifford

Our virtues and view spring from one root.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The shudder of awe is humanity's highest faculty,
  Even though this world is forever altering its values.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (pt. II)

And even his failings leaned to virtue's side.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

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

Thus to relieve the wretched was his pride,
  And e'en his failings lean'd to virtue's side.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 163)

The virtuous nothing fear but life with shame,
  And death's a pleasant road that leads to fame.
      - George Granville, Lord Landsdowne l. 47,
        verses written 1690

Virtues go ever in troops; they go so thick, that sometimes some are hid in the crowd; which yet are, but appear not.
      - Joseph Hall

By great and sublime virtues are meant those which are called into action on great and trying occasions, which demand the sacrifice of the dearests interests and prospects of human life, and sometimes of life itself; the virtues, in a word, which, by their rarity and splendor, draw admiration, and have rendered illustrious the character of patriots, martyrs, and confessors.
      - Robert Hall

They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been found perfect, might as reasonably deny the sun because it is not always noon.
      - Augustus William Hare

Most people are so constituted that they can only be virtuous in a certain routine; an irregular course of life demoralizes them.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

I have known persons without a friend--never any one without some virtue. The virtues of the former conspired with their vices to make the whole world their enemies.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The greatest offence against virtue is to speak ill of it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

The measure of any man's virtue is what he would do if he had neither the laws nor public opinion, nor even his own prejudices, to control him.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Virtue may be said to steal, like a guilty thing, into the secret haunts of vice and infamy; it clings to their devoted victim, and will not be driven quite away. Nothing can destroy the human heart.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.
      - Claude Arien Helvetius

Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
  Like season'd timbered, never gives;
    But though the whole world turn to coal,
      Then chiefly lives.
      - George Herbert, The Church--Vertue

Virtue, for us, is obedience to God in Christ.
      - Roswell Dwight Hitchcock

What is virtue but a medicine, and vice but a wound?
      - Richard Hooker

Most virtue lies between two vices.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Virtue knowing no base repulse, shines with untarnished honour; nor does she assume or resign her emblems of honour by the will of some popular breeze.
  [Lat., Virtus repulse nescia sordidae,
    Intaminatis fulget honoribus;
      Nec sumit aut ponit secures
        Arbitrio popularis aurae.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 2, 17)


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