Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue
He is his own best friend, and takes delight in privacy whereas the man of no virtue or ability is his own worst enemy and is afraid of solitude
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice.
Every life is march from innocence,through temptation, to virtue or vice.
Christian soldiers armed with virtue- hearts afire with blind obsession, cannot see the difference 'twixt compassion and oppression
Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order
A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue
As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth
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.
He who possess virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.
Hypocrisy itself does great honor, or rather justice, to religion, and tacitly acknowledges it to be an ornament to human nature. The hypocrite would not be at so much pains to put on the appearance of virtue, if he did not know it was the most proper and effectual means to gain the love and esteem of mankind.
As hypocrisy is said to be the highest compliment to virtue, the art of lying is the strongest acknowledgment of the force of truth.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter
No acquisitions of guilt can compensate the loss of that solid inward comfort of mind, which is the sure companion of innocence and virtue; nor can in the least balance the evil of that horror and anxiety which, in their room, guilt introduces into our bosoms.
Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
Courage is the human virtue that counts most--courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. That's all any of us have
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself.
When I religiously confess myself to myself, I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.
We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.
There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.
Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.