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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.
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.

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