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When we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue, but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of human life is no longer a code, but a character.
E. Stanley Jones
Good-faith re-examination of a position you've held in the past should be seen as a virtue, not a vice.
The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.
The better one is morally the less aware they are of their virtue.
James Anthony Froude
I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation, justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions.
Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
Natalie Clifford Barney
So what I do now is to pre-empt that by making the up into a virtue, and telling funny stories about how crap I am before people have a chance to notice it for themselves and think maybe I haven't realised.
The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.
Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
You can't have virtue without sin. What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined by how they operate in a very sinful environment. That's how you test people.
Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to take itself for omnipotence.
J. William Fulbright
Virtue is its own reward. We only invented concepts like heaven and hell to describe how we feel. We don't feel good doing bad and it's nice to help someone.
Alain de Botton
The weapon of the Republic is terror, and virtue is its strength.
Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.
For a few thousand years, women had no history. Marriage was our calling, and meekness our virtue. Over the last century, in stuttering succession, we have gained a voice, a vote, a room, a playing field of our own. Decorously or defiantly, we now approach what surely qualifies as the final frontier.
Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.
Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces.
I am a very conscientious golfer. I count every stroke. I learned to play that way. That is the only way I can play. It taught me to be honest. There is no greater virtue than honesty.
Democrats who see virtue in the estate tax are doing the equivalent of aborting future enterprises. They deprive businesses of oxygen with their support for capital gains taxes and disregard for contracts.
In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
J. M. Coetzee
Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
To say of shame - what is it? Of virtue - we can miss it; Of sin-we can kiss it, And it's no longer sin.
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Once elected, the Pope is by virtue of the promise of Jesus to Peter, the Pope is preserved from the possibility of error. God would change any spend thrift politician into a responsible Pope.
Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.
William C. Bryant
The kind of society which we still have is maybe, in some cases, getting worse. Competition is becoming a virtue. Intense competition drives people to go more and more into self-interest. Even to see other folks as competition.
If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.
In short, all things that please the natural man in this world, are, to a true Christian, only so many crosses and temptations, allurements of sin and snares of death, that continually exercise his virtue.
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