Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor liberty to purchase power.
If hard work were really a virtue, then mules would be saints.
A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.
The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks -- no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.
That no free government, or the blessing of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles
Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall
Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storm of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy, on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year; you will never be forgotten. No, your name, your deeds, will be as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of evening. Good deeds will shine as the stars of heaven
When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you, keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue, influence, but by your own consent.
Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
Now that the wars are coming to an end, I wish you to prosper in peace. May all mortals from now on live like one people in concord and for mutual advancement. Consider the world as your country, with laws common to all and where the best will govern irrespective of tribe. I do not distinguish among men, as the narrow-minded do, both among Greeks and Barbarians. I am not interested in the descendance of the citizens or their racial origins. I classify them using one criterion: their virtue. For me every virtuous foreigner is a Greek and every evil Greek worse than a Barbarian. If differences ever develop between you never have recourse to arms, but solve them peacefully. If necessary, I should be your arbitrator. You must not consider God like an autocratic despot, but as a common Father of all; so your behavior may resemble the life siblings have in a family. On my part I should consider all equals, white or blacks, and wish you all to be not only subjects of the Commonwealth, but participants and partners. As much as this depends on me, I should try to bring about what I promised. The oath we made over tonights libations hold onto as a Contract of Love.
Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity and kindness.
The best practical advice I can give to the present generation is to practice the virtue which the Christians call love.
The power of man's virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doings.
Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue
What then have I done? What,
except yield to a natural feeling, inspired by beauty, sanctioned by virtue and kept at all times within the bounds of
respect. It's innocent expression prompted not by hope but by trust.
Truth is the secret of eloquence and of virtue, the basis of moral authority; it is the highest summit of art and of life.