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The time is always right to do what is right.

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.
I used to be snow white, but I drifted.
I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.
Great necessities call out great virtues.
With virtue you can't be entirely poor; without virtue you can't really be rich.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
Virtue that wavers is not virtue.
There is no substitute for virtue. Keep your thoughts virtuous. Rise above the filth that's all around you in this world and stand tall in strength and virtue. You can do this and you will be happier for it for as long as you live. God bless you in cherishing, developing and holding on to this great gift, the quality of personal virtue.
Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.
It is easy enough to be virtuous When nothing tempts you to stray; When without or within No voice of sin Is luring your soul away. But it is only a negative virtue until it is tried by fire. For the soul that is worth the treasures of the earth is the soul that resists desire.
Few people have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.
To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
Virtue has its own reward, but no sales at the box office.
Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
Be virtuous and you will be eccentric.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. [Galatians 5:23, 24]
Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward.
Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.
To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.
The first time you see Winston Churchill you see all his faults and the rest of your life you spend discovering his virtues.
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?
Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.
It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit.
To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous.
If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
The only reward of virtue is virtue.
God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.
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.
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
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.
It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
If one is not virtuous he becomes vicious.
The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance.
For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.
But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints. [Ephesians 5:3]
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.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Thou shalt understand that it is a science most profitable, and passing all other sciences, for to learn to die. For a man to know that he shall die, that is common to all men; as much as there is no man that may ever live or he hath hope or trust thereof; but thou shalt find full few that hath this cunning to learn to die. I shall give thee the mystery of this doctrine; the which shall profit thee greatly to the beginning of ghostly health, and to a stable fundamental of all virtues.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?
Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
Men's evil manners live in brass, their virtues we write in water.
Assume a virtue if you have it not.
Virtue is reason which has become energy.
The glory that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
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?
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
Mona Lisa is the only beauty who went through history and retained her reputation.
Virtue is harmony.
Virtuous and vicious everyone must be; few in extremes, but all in degree.
If we had to seek virtue outside of ourselves, that would assuredly be difficult; but as it is within us, it suffices to avoid bad thoughts and to keep our souls turned toward the Lord.
We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.
Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire.
Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure; but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake, we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure, because we can never have the virtue.
Virtue survives the grave.
All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
Virtue alone is invincible.
Virtue is the strongest shield.
Virtue is a sure anchor.
From Obedience and submission comes all our virtues, and all sin is comes from self-opinion.
Of all the benefits which virtue confers on us, the contempt of death is one of the greatest.
Virtue craves a steep and thorny path.
Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.
There is no man so good, who, were he to submit all his thoughts and actions to the laws, would not deserve hanging ten times in his life.
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
When you can't have anything else, you can have virtue.
Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.
I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
Virtue is too often merely local.
The wise man applauds he who he thinks most virtuous; the rest of the world applauds the wealthy.
Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
Why does a virtuous man take delight in the landscapes? Because the din of the dusty world and the locked-in-ness of human habitations are what human nature habitually abhors; while on the contrary, haze, mist, and the haunting spirits of the mountains are what human nature seeks, and yet can rarely find.
Virtue is the only true nobility.
People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.
If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue.
Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it.
The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered
The virtue in most request is conformity.
The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
Be generous, good and just, when anything is to be gained by virtue.
The virtues of society are vices of the saint. The terror of reform is the discovery that we must cast away our virtues, or what we have always esteemed such, into the same pit that has consumed our grosser vices.
Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.
Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue.
Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be enjoyed by a worthy mind. Pleasure's couch is virtues grave.
Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.
Virtue is its own reward.
Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.
A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
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.
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.
There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another s. We see so much only as we possess.
The worse others are the better we should be; when vice is daring, let not virtue be sneaking.
Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.
Virtue is doing great things while maintaining a very small sense of self as the doer. It is accumulating merit without attracting attention to oneself... As soon as pride overwhelms us, the merit of our meditation and good deeds is drained away.
Enjoy the good health. Bring the truth happiness. Care of his own family. Give the peace to all. Firstly, one must discipline and control his own mind. If he can do so, the enlightenment, wisdom and virtue will go to him naturally.
Make foes of bowmen if you must, Never of penmen