People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.

People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.

Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be enjoyed by a worthy mind. Pleasure's couch is virtues grave.

Purity is the feminine, truth the masculine of honor.

Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.

Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.

Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.

That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another s. We see so much only as we possess.

The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.

The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous.

The first time you see Winston Churchill you see all his faults and the rest of your life you spend discovering his virtues.

The glory that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.

The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance.

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

The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.

The only reward of virtue is virtue.

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.

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