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To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.

Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice.

Virtue consists in doing our duty in the various relations we sustain to ourselves, to our fellowmen, and to God, as it is made known by reason, revelation, and Providence.

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office.

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.

Virtue I love, without austerity; pleasure, without effeminacy; and life, without fearing its end.

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

Virtue is an angel; but she is a blind one and must ask of knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal. Mere knowledge, on the other hand, like a Swiss mercenary, is ready to combat either in the ranks of sin or under the banners of righteousness - ready to forge cannon balls or to print New Testaments, to navigate a corsair's vessel or a missionary ship.

Virtue is certainly the most noble and secure possession a man can have. Beauty is worn out by time or impaired by sickness - riches lead youth rather to destruction than welfare, and without prudence are soon lavished away; while virtue alone, the only good that is ever durable, always remains with the person that has once entertained her. She is preferable both to wealth and a noble extraction.

Virtue is health, vice is sickness.

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 is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.

Virtue is so delightful, whenever it is perceived, that men have found it their interest to cultivate manners, which are, in fact, the appearances of certain virtues; and now we are come to love the sign better than the thing signified, and to prefer manners without virtue, to virtue without manners.

Virtue is that perfect good which is the complement of a happy life; the only immortal thing that belongs to mortality.

Virtue is the dictate of reason, or the remains of the divine light, by which men are made beneficent and beneficial to each other. Religion proceeds from the same end, and the good of mankind so entirely depends upon these two, that no people ever enjoyed anything worth desiring that was not the product of them.

Virtue is the habitual sense of right, and the habitual courage to act up to that sense of right, combined with benevolent sympathies, and the charity which thinketh no evil. The union of the highest conscience and highest sympathy fulfils my notion of virtue.

Virtue is uniform and fixed, because she looks for approbation only from Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


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