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The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.
William Shakespeare, Henry VI

There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.
Mencius

A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and
strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell

Philantrophy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
Henry David Thoreau

A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to
assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
Albert Schweitzer

No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
Bertrand Russell

He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.
Lao Tzu

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on
you, send him to the cemetery.
Malcolm X

It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
Seneca

Virtue which parleys is near surrender.
English proverb

You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.
Benjamin Franklin

Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.
Voltaire

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
Saint Augustine

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality what we would
appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and
experience of them.
Socrates

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
Thomas Aquinas

Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great
while it is still small.
Lao Tzu

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man
is no more.
Nikola Tesla

What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.
Benjamin Franklin

Don't be led astray into the paths of virtue.
Oscar Wilde

Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII

I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their
acts.
Horace Mann

Virtue is the mistress of all things. Virtue is the master of all things. Therefore a nation that
should never do wrong must necessarily govern the world. The might of virtue, the power of
virtue, is not a very common topic, not so common as it should be.
John Adams

Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Kahlil Gibran

Better not be at all than not be noble.
Alfred Tennyson

Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal, and who obeys it: Ideal of art, ideal
of science, ideal of the gospel virtues, therein lie the springs of great thoughts and great
actions; they all reflect light from the Infinite.
Louis Pasteur

True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
Emanuel Swedenborg

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
Napoleon Hill

All the brothers should always be intent on good works, for it is written: "Always do
something good so that the devil will find you occupied." And again: "Idleness is the enemy of
the soul." Therefore, the servants of God must always give themselves totally to prayer or to
some good work.
St. Francis of Assisi

Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.
Aristotle

Have a heart that never hardens; a temper that never tires; a touch that never hurts.
Charles Dickens

We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
Michelangelo

These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.
Groucho Marx

I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without
expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.
Kurt Vonnegut

No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.
Henry Ward Beecher

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