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Virtue is the only and true nobility.
  [Lat., Nobilitas sola est atque unica virtus.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (VIII, 20)

The thirst for fame is much greater than that for virtue; for who would embrace virtue itself if you take away its rewards?
  [Lat., Tanto major famae sitis est quam
    Virtutis: quis enim virtutem amplectitur ipsam
      Praemia se tollas.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 140)

The only path to a tranquil life is through virtue.
  [Lat., Semita certe
    Tranquillae per virtutem patet unica vitae.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 363)

To be discontented with the divine discontent, and to be ashamed with the noble shame, is the very germ of the first upgrowth of all virtue.
      - Charles Kingsley,
        Health and Education--The Science of Health

Virtue must be the result of self-culture; the gods do not take pupils.
      - Baroness Barbara Juliane de Krudener

The Great slight the men of wit, who have nothing but wit; the men of wit despise the Great, who have nothing but greatness; the good man pities them both, if with greatness or wit they have not virtue.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Virtue in its grandest aspect is neither more nor less than following reason.
      - Lao-Tzu (Lao-Tsze or Laosi)("The Venerable Philosopher")

Our virtues are commonly disguised vices.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

What we take for virtues is often nothing but an assemblage of different actions, and of different interests, that fortune or our industry know how to arrange; and it is not always from valor and from chastity that men are valiant, and that women are chaste.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Maxims
        (ed. 1665), in 4th ed. at head of "Reflexions"

We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
      - Ephraim Gotthold Lessing

If we should cease to be generous and charitable because another is sordid and ungrateful, it would be much in the power of vice to extinguish Christian virtues.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

However virtuous a woman may be, a compliment on her virtue is what gives her the least pleasure.
      - Prince de Ligne, Karl Joseph

All virtue lies in a power of denying our own desires where reason does not authorize them.
      - John Locke (1)

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave.
      - James Russell Lowell

A vice sanctioned by the general opinion is merely a vice. The evil terminates in itself. A vice condemned by the general opinion produces a pernicious effect on the whole character. The former is a local malady; the latter, constitutional taint. When the reputation of the offender is lost, he too often flings the remainder of his virtue after it in despair.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

Nothing is more easy than irreproachable conduct.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Parley and surrender signify the same thing where virtue is concerned.
      - Mme. Francoise d'Aubigne de Maintenon

Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask of Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal.
      - Horace Mann,
        A Few Thoughts for a Young Man

An old man said, "There is no stronger virtue than to scorn no man."
      - Saint Martin of Braga

Virtue, thou in rags, may challenge more than vice set off with all the trim of greatness.
      - Philip Massinger

The regular path of virtue is to be pursued without any bend, and from no view to emolument.
      - Mencius

It would not be easy even for an unbeliever, to find a better translation of the rule of virtue from the abstract into the concrete, than to endeavor so to live that Christ would approve our life.
      - John Stuart Mill

I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unbreathed, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.
      - John Milton

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