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He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.

He who thinks no man above him but for his virtue, and none below him but for his vice, can never be obsequious or assuming in a wrong place, but will frequently emulate men in rank below him, and pity those above him.

Honor is the reward of virtue.

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.

I am no herald to inquire after men's pedigrees: it sufficeth me if I know of their virtues.

I believe that Virtue shows quite as well in rags and patches as she does in purple and fine linen.

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary. The virtue that knows not the utmost that vice promises to her followers, and rejects it, is but a blank virtue, not a pure.

I know myself too well to believe in pure virtue.

I prefer an accommodation vice to an obstinate virtue.

I willingly confess that it likes me better when I find virtue in a fair lodging than when I am bound to seek it in an ill-favored creature.

I would be virtuous for my own sake, though nobody were to know it; as I would be clean for my own sake, though nobody were to see me.

If a man has no vices, he's in great danger of making vices about his virtues, and there's a spectacle.

If he does really think there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our house let us count our spoons.

If virtue were its own reward, it would no longer be a human quality, but supernatural.

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.

It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices, have very few virtues.

It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.

It is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue, when we are led to the performance of duty by pleasure as its recompense.

It is the edge and temper of the blade that make a good sword, not the richness of the scabbard; and so it is not money or possessions that make man considerable, but his virtue.

It would not be easy even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete, than to endeavor so to live that Christ would approve our life.

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