Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Justice is the crowning glory of the virtues.
Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
In truth, politeness is artificial good humor, it covers the natural want of it, and ends by rendering habitual a substitute nearly equivalent to the real virtue.
He Who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it posses.
He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Who sows virtue reaps honor.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
Virtue is harmony.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.