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All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

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Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity. Joseph Addison

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. -- Galatians 5:23, 24

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

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

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

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Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction. Natalie Clifford Barney

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Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle

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A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward. Minna Antrim

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There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent. Charles Baudelaire

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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set. Francis Bacon

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But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints. -- Ephesians 5:3

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Virtue is its own reward. Cicero

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The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. G. K. Chesterton

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Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning. William S. Burroughs

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

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

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

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Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.

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He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Winston Churchill

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I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women. Confucius

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You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of Heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden? Thomas à Kempis

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The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge. F. H. Bradley

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To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. Laozi

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The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato

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The only reward of virtue is virtue. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.

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If one is not virtuous he becomes vicious. Christian Nevell Bovee

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

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Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

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Virtue is the only true nobility. Thomas Fuller

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The virtue in most request is conformity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous. William Hazlitt

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A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

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Virtuous and vicious everyone must be; few in extremes, but all in degree. Alexander Pope

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Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.

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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered Ralph Waldo Emerson

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People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm. Denis Diderot

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Virtue that wavers is not virtue. John Milton

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The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit. Horace

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Ah, Eug?nie, 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

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All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous. Iris Murdoch

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

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

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Virtue is the strongest shield.

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Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person. Virgil

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We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent. Friedrich Nietzsche

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