Sunday, 3 November 2013


All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance. - Theodore M. Hesburgh

Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honour’s a good brooch to wear in a man’s hat at all times. - Ben Jonson

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

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. - Confucius

How easy it is to be virtuous when we have no inclination to be otherwise. - Dolf Wyllarde

If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless. - Moliere

It is easy to meet death in an outburst of public spirit, but difficult to tread the path of virtue calmly.  - Unknown

It is safest to be moderately base – to be flexible in shame, and to be always ready for what is generous, good, and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue. - Sydney Smith

Just as a bad year cannot bring death to the man whose stores of grain are large, so an age of corruption cannot confound him whose equipment of virtue is complete. - Mencius

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination. - Sam Levenson

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity. - Joseph Addiso
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. - Confucius

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

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

The simple virtues of willingness, readiness, alertness and courtesy will carry a man farther than mere smartness. - John Davidson

The ties of virtue ought to be closer than the ties of blood, since the good man is closer to another good man by their similarity of morals than the son is to his father by their similarity of face. - Magdeleine Sable

To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote. - Benjamin Franklin

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it. - George Bernard Shaw

Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure. - Marcus Valerius Martialis

Virtue is indeed its own reward. - Claudius

Virtue is insufficient temptation. - George Bernard Shaw

Virtue is more clearly shown in the performance of fine actions than in the non-performance of base ones. - Aristotle

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

Virtue is the fount whence honour springs. - Christopher Marlowe 

Virtue is the health of the soul. - Joseph Joubert

Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad. - Duc de La Rochefoucauld

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

Without virtue man is merely the most dangerous of the animals. - Unknown

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