Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force... We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter.
Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
The only reward of virtue is virtue.
Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.
Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
I have pushed virtue to outright brutality.
I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.
Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
Too much virtue can be criminal.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
Persevere in virtue and diligence.
Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.
Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.