Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
A man that hath no virtue in himself, ever envieth virtue in others. For men's minds, will either feed upon their own good, or upon others' evil; and who wanteth the one, will prey upon the other; and whoso is out of hope, to attain to another's virtue, will seek to come at even hand, by depressing another's fortune.
Virtue, my pet, is an abstract idea, varying in its manifestations with the surroundings. Virtue in Provence, in Constantinople, in London, and in Paris bears very different fruit, but is none the less virtue.
When women love, they forgive everything, even our crimes; when they do not love, they cannot forgive anything, not even our virtues.
You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the Slavery of that half of the Human Race who hate what you call Moral Virtue
And I'll pursue, as always, strange Adventures, battles fought for love When virtue prospered long ago And ladies fair and barons bold Faced trials in forests or by streams, As Turpin in his book reveals. I only ask, as I pursue, That hearing may bring joy to you.
Pride is the emotional reward of achievement. It is not a vice to be overcome but a virtue to be attained.
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