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That virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.

The best people need afflictions for trial of their virtue. How can we exercise the grace of contentment, if all things succeed well; or that of forgiveness, if we have no enemies?

The great slight the men of wit who have nothing but wit; the men of wit despise the great who have nothing but greatness; the good man pities them both, if with greatness or wit, they have not virtue.

The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him. See quote detail

The most virtuous of all men, says Plato, is he that contents himself with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

The only impregnable citadel of virtue is religion; for there is no bulwark of mere morality which some temptation may not overtop, or undermine and destroy.

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

The Saints are the Sinners who keep on trying.

The sun, though it passes through dirty places, yet remains as pure as before.

The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinarjr exertions, but by his everyday conduct.

The virtue of paganism was strength; the virtue of Christianity is obedience.

The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.

There are few virtues which the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.

There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.

There are those who have nothing chaste but their ears, and nothing virtuous but their tongues.

There are two things that declare, as with a voice from heaven, that he that fills that eternal throne must be on the side of virtue, and that which he befriends must finally prosper and prevail. The first is that the bad are never completely happy and at ease, although possessed of everything that this world can bestow; and that the good are never completely miserable, although deprived of everything that this world can take away. The second is that we are so framed and constituted that the most vicious cannot but pay a secret though unwilling homage to virtue, inasmuch as the worst men cannot bring themselves thoroughly to esteem a bad man, although he may be their dearest friend, nor can they thoroughly despise a good man, although he may be their bitterest enemy.

There is a nobility without heraldry. Though I want the advantage of a noble birth, said Marius, yet my actions afford me a greater one; and they who upbraid me with it are guilty of an extreme injustice in not permitting me to value myself upon my own virtue, as much as they value themselves upon the virtue of others.

There is but one pursuit in life which it is in the power of all to follow, and of all to attain. It is subject to no disappointments, since he that perseveres makes every difficulty an advancement, and every conquest a victory and this is the pursuit of virtue. Sincerely to aspire after virtue is to gain her; and zealously to labor after her ways is to receive them.

They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been found perfect, might as reasonably deny the sun because it is not always noon.

This is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, and cannot be shaken by a tempest.


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