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The virtues, like the muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
      - Jane Porter

True virtue, when she errs, needs not the eyes of men to excite her blushes; she is confounded at her own presence, and covered with confusion of face.
      - Jane Porter

Virtue is despotic; life, reputation, every earthly good, must be surrendered at her voice. The law may seem hard, but it is the guardian of what it commands; and is the only sure defence of happiness.
      - Jane Porter

Wealth is a weak anchor, and glory cannot support a man; this is the law of God, that virtue only is firm, and cannot be shaken by a tempest.
      - Pythagoras

Though virtue give a ragged livery, she gives a golden cognizance; if her service make thee poor, blush not. Thy poverty may disadvantage thee, but not dishonor thee.
      - Francis Quarles

Virtue is nothing but an act of loving that which is to be beloved, and that act is prudence, from whence not to be removed by constraint is fortitude; not to be allured by enticements is temperance; not to be diverted by pride is justice.
      - Francis Quarles

Although virtue receives some of its excellencies from nature, yet it is perfected by education.
  [Lat., Virtus, etiamsi quosdam impetus a natura sumit, tamen perficienda doctrina est.]
      - Quintilian (Marcus Fabius Quintilianus),
        De Institutione Oratoria (XII, 2, 1)

She who is more ashamed of dishonesty than of poverty will not be easily overcome.
      - Samuel Richardson

A virtuous and well-disposed person, like a good metal, the more he is fired, the more he is fined; the more he is opposed, the more he is approved: wrongs may well try him, and touch him, but cannot imprint in him any false stamp.
      - Armand Jean du Plessis Duc de Richelieu

Woman's virtue is the music of stringed instruments, which sounds best in a room; but man's that of wind instruments, which sounds best in the open air.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

No people ever yet benefited by riches if their prosperity corrupted their virtue.
      - Theodore Roosevelt

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Nature has placed nothing so high that virtue can not reach it.
  [Lat., Nihil tam alte natura constituit quo virtus non possit eniti.]
      - Quintus Curtius Rufus (Curtis Rufus Quintus),
        De Rebus Gestis Alexandri Magni
         (VII, 11, 10)

Live virtuously, my lord, and you cannot die too soon, nor live too long.
      - Rachel Russell (Lady Russell)

Virtue is in the mind, not in the appearance.
      - Moslih Eddin (Muslih-un-Din) Saadi (Sadi)

An effort made with ourselves for the good of others, with the intention of pleasing God alone.
      - Bernadin de St. Pierre

The glory of riches and of beauty is frail and transitory; virtue remains bright and eternal.
  [Lat., Divitarum et formae gloria fluxa atque fragilis; virtus clara aeternaque habetur.]
      - Sallust (Caius Sallustius Crispus),
        Catilina (I)

It is a revenge the devil sometimes takes upon the virtuous, that he entraps them by the force of the very passion they have suppressed and think themselves superior to.
      - George Santayana

Encourage virtue in whatever heart it may have been driven into secrecy and sorrow by the shame and terror of the world.
      - William Saroyan

Virtue, though clothed in a beggar's garb, commands respect.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Virtue is only a conflict by which we get the mastery of our failings; that, by which every man proves his peculiar power of understanding the will and spirit of God, is only a silent working of the inner man.
      - Friedrich Ernst Daniel Schleiermacher

Virtue is as little to be acquired by learning as genius; nay, the idea is barren, and is only to be employed as an instrument, in the same way as genius in respect to art. It would be as foolish to expect that our moral and ethical systems would turn out virtuous, noble, and holy beings, as that our aesthetic systems would produce poets, painters, and musicians.
      - Arthur Schopenhauer

The paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
      - Sir Walter Scott

It is the edge and temper of the blade that make a good sword, not the richness of the scabbard, and so it is not money or possessions that make men considerable, but virtue.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

No man is born wise; but wisdom and virtue require a tutor; though we can easily learn to be vicious without a master.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

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