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No virtue fades out of mankind. Not over-hopeful by inborn temperament, cautious by long experience, I yet never despair of human virtue.
      - Theodore Parker

Virtue is safe only when it is inspired.
      - Charles Henry Parkhurst

The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every-day conduct.
      - Blaise Pascal

Content not thyself that thou art virtuous in the general; for one link being wanting, the chain is defective.
      - William Penn

Let them (the wicked) see the beauty of virtue, and pine at having forsaken her.
  [Lat., Virtutem videant, intabescantque relicta.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (III, 38)

It is easy to be virtuous in prospective.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Virtue is health, vice is sickness.
      - Francesco Petrarch

For virtue only finds eternal Fame.
      - Francesco Petrarch, The Triumph of Fame
         (pt. I, l. 183)

The most virtuous of all men is he that contents himself with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Virtue is voluntary, vice involuntary.
      - Plato (originally Aristocles}

Virtue is the highest reward. Virtue truly goes before all things. Liberty, safety, life, property, parents, country, and children are protected and preserved. Virtue has all things in herself; he who has virtue has all things that are good attending him.
  [Lat., Virtus praemium est optimum.
    Virtus omnibus rebus anteit profecto.
      Libertas, salus, vita, res, parentes,
        Patria et prognati tutantur, servantur;
          Virtus omnia in se habet; omnia assunt bona, quem penes est vertus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Amphitruo
         (act II, 2, 17)

He who dies for virtue, does not perish.
  [Lat., Qui per virtutem peritat, non interit.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus), Captivi
         (III, 5, 32)

Count all th' advantage prosperous Vice attains,
  'Tis but what Virtue flies from and disdains:
    And grant the bad what happiness they would,
      One they must want--which is, to pass for good.
      - Alexander Pope

Sometimes virtue starves while vice is fed.
      - Alexander Pope

What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
  The soul's calm sunshine, and the heart-felt joy,
    Is virtue's prize.
      - Alexander Pope

When men grow virtuous in their old age, they only make a sacrifice to God of the devil's leavings.
      - Alexander Pope

Virtue may choose the high or low degree,
  'Tis just alike to virtue, and to me;
    Dwell in a monk, or light upon a king,
      She's still the same belov'd, contented thing.
      - Alexander Pope, Epilogue to Satires
         (satire I, l. 137)

But sometimes virtue starves while vice is fed.
  What then? Is the reward of virtue bread?
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 149)

The soul's calm sunshine and the heartfelt joy,
  Is virtue's prize.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 168)

Know then this truth (enough for man to know)
  "Virtue alone is happiness below."
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. IV, l. 309)

Court-virtues bear, like gems, the highest rate,
  Born where Heav'n influence scarce can penetrate.
    In life's low vale, the soil the virtues like,
      They please as beauties, here as wonders strike.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 141)

Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour,
  Content to dwell in decencies forever.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. II, l. 163)

There is nothing that is meritorious but virtue and friendship; and indeed friendship itself is only a part of virtue.
      - Alexander Pope, On his Death-Bed,
        Johnson's "Lives of Poets; Life of Pope"

O let us still the secret joy partake,
  To follow virtue even for virtue's sake.
      - Alexander Pope, Temple of Fame (l. 364)

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