Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths. Good karma drags us back as relentlessly as bad, and the chain which is wrought out of our virtues holds as firmly and as closely as that forged from our vices.
Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.
Let us destroy, but don’t let us pretend that we are committing an act of virtue.
No doubt, when modesty was made a virtue, it was a very advantageous thing for the fools; for everybody is expected to speak of himself as if he were one.
Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.
The difference is too nice – Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies forever.
Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.
There is no substitute for talent. Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement.
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.