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He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.
Benjamin Franklin

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln

Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.
Tryon Edwards

The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a
person spreads in all direction.
Chanakya

I'm out of the Midwest. It was a good place to come from. It gives you a sense of right or
wrong and fairness, which I think is lacking in our society.
Steve McQueen

No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is
followed.
Amelia Earhart

The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out
by accident.
Charles Lamb

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
Leonardo da Vinci

When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity, regardless of what
others may do, you are destined for greatness.
Napoleon Hill

Be like the promotory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames
the fury of the water around it.
Marcus Aurelius

My honor is dearer to me than my life.
Miguel de Cervantes

A good man should not flatter. He must have a sound moral character and be able to stand
tall in society. This is a kind of good friend - his moral character can reflect on yours. He can
give you courage when you're flinching. He can make you decisive when you're hesitant.
Yu Dan

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.
Ron Paul

There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.
French proverb

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're
going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor

I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Voltaire

Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
Buddha

Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.
Confucius

Lust, pride, sloth, and gluttony, or, as we call them these days, "getting in touch with your
sexuality," "raising your self-esteem," "relaxation therapy," and "being a recovered bulimic."
P. J. O'Rourke

Virtue never lives alone. It always finds good company.
Chinese proverb

Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.
Muhammad Ali

Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe
in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why
the world is sick.
Lin Yutang

Politeness is not slavery.
African proverb, Swahili

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Cicero

If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. If you want to be courageous, act as if
you were - and as you act and persevere in acting, so you tend to become.
Norman Vincent Peale

The virtue that leads to enduring happiness is not a quid pro quo goodness. (I'll be good "in
order to" get something.) Goodness in and of itself is the practice and the reward.
Epictetus

Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom
recovered.
John Locke

Virtue alone is for real; all else is sham. Talent and greatness depend on virtue, not on fortune.
Only virtue is sufficient unto herself. She makes us love the living and remember the dead.
Baltasar Gracian

Great virtues may draw attention from defects, they cannot sanctify them. A pebble
surrounded by diamonds remains a common stone, and a diamond surrounded by pebbles is
still a gem.
Robert G. Ingersoll

Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is
at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul
when we look the other way.
Martin Luther King Jr.

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess.
Charles Dickens

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water
and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.
Confucius

Do you realise that when you give a schilling to a beggar you are giving it to yourself? Do you
realise that when you help a dog over a stile you yourself are being helped? Do you realise
when you kick a man when he is down, you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick, you
deserve it!
Wei Wu Wei

Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.
Jim Rohn

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