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Yet the age was not so utterly destitute of virtues but that it produced some good examples.
  [Lat., Non tamen adeo virtutum sterile seculum, ut non et bona exempla prodiderit.]
      - Tacitus (Caius Cornelius Tacitus), Annales
         (bk. I, 2)

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
      - Elizabeth Taylor

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life; every petition to God is a precept to man. Look not, therefore, upon your prayers as a short method of duty and salvation only, but as a perpetual monition of duty; by what we require of God we see what He requires of us.
      - Jeremy Taylor

Forgive what seem'd my sin in me;
  What seem'd my worth since I began.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

Ah! whither now are fled
  Those dreams of greatness? those unsolid hopes
    Of happiness? those longings after fame?
      Those restless cares? those busy bustling days?
        Those gay-spent, festive nights? those veering thoughts,
          Lost between good and ill, that shared thy life?
            All now are vanished! Virtue sole survives,
              Immortal never-failing friend of man,
                His guide to happiness on high.
      - James Thomson (1)

Believe the muse, the wintry blast of death
  Kills not the buds of virtue; no, they spread.
    Beneath the heavenly beams of brighter suns,
      Thro' endless ages, into higher powers.
      - James Thomson (1)

O Virtue! virtue! as thy joys excel, so are thy woes transcendent; the gross world knows not the bliss or misery of either.
      - James Thomson (1)

What, what is virtue, but repose of mind,
  A pure ethereal calm, that knows no storm;
    Above the reach of wild ambition's wind,
      Above those passions that this world deform
        And torture man.
      - James Thomson (1), Castle of Indolence
         (canto I, st. 16)

Be not simply good; be good for something.
      - Henry David Thoreau

That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess.
      - Henry David Thoreau

Virtue and vice are not arbitrary things; but there is a natural and eternal reason for goodness and virtue, and against vice and wickedness.
      - John Tillotson

True virtue, wheresoever it moves, still carries an intrinsic worth about it.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh)

Virtue is its own reward. There's a pleasure in doing good which sufficiency pays itself.
      - Sir John Vanbrugh (Vanburgh)

Virtue and vice are both prophets; the first, of certain good; the second, of pain or else of penitence.
      - Ralph Venning

Every man has his appointed day; life is brief and irrevocable; but it is the work of virtue to extend our fame by our deeds.
  [Lat., Stat sua cuique dies; breve et irreparabile tempus
    Omnibus est vitae; set famam extendere factis
      Hoc virtutis opus.]
      - Virgil or Vergil (Publius Virgilius Maro Vergil),
        The Aeneid (X, 467)

Heaven made virtue; man, the appearance.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Virtue is everywhere the same, because it comes from God, while everything else is of men.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

But virtue too, as well as vice, is clad in flesh and blood.
      - Edmund Waller

Virtue's a stronger guard than brass.
      - Edmund Waller

Virtue's stronger guard than brass.
      - Edmund Waller,
        Epigram Upon the Golden Medal (l. 14)

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
      - Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
         (pt. I, ch. II)

Integrity of life is fame's best friend.
      - John Webster

It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one's disaster.
      - Rebecca West (pseudonym of Mrs. Cicely Fairfield Andrews)

It is provided in the essence of things that from any fruition of success, no matter what, shall come forth something to make a greater struggle necessary.
      - Walt Whitman

Charity and good-nature give a sanction to the most common actions; and pride and ill-nature make our best virtues despicable.
      - William Wycherley

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