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Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats
Terror is only justice: prompt, severe and inflexible; it is then an emanation of virtue; it is less a distinct principle than a natural consequence of the general principle of democracy, applied to the most pressing wants of the country.
What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.
Tolerance is a very dull virtue. It is boring. Unlike love, it has always had a bad press. It is negative. It merely means putting up with people, being able to stand things.
E. M. Forster
Modesty is the color of virtue.
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
The endeavor to understand is the first and only basis of virtue.
Love is higher than the Highest. Love is greater than the Greatest. Yea, it is in a certain sense greater than God; while yet, in the highest sense of all, God is Love, and Love is God. Love being the highest principle is the virtue of all virtues; from whence they flow forth.
Moral courage is higher and a rarer virtue than physical courage.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.
Charles R. Swindoll
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.
In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou hast a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.
Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.
John F. Kennedy
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