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A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.

A great deal of virtue, at least the outward appearance of it, is not so much from any fixed principle, as the terror of what the world will say, and the liberty it will take upon the occasions we shall give.

A large part of virtue consists in good habits.

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

All bow to virtue, and then walk away.

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.

Ascetic: one who makes a necessity of virtue.

Beware of making your moral staples consist of the negative virtues. - It is good to abstain, and to teach others to abstain, from all that is sinful or hurtful. - But making a business of it leads to emaciation of character unless one feeds largely on the more nutritious diet of active benevolence.

Blessed is the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted from the world. - Yet more blessed and more dear the memory of those who have kept themselves unspotted in the world.

By what causes has so inconsiderable a beginning, as that of the colonies of New England, under such formidable, and apparently almost insurmountable difficulties, resulted, in so brief a period, in such mighty consequences? They are to be found in the high moral and intellectual qualities of the pilgrims: their faith, piety, and confident trust in a superintending Providence; their stern virtues; their patriotic love of liberty and order; their devotion to learning; and their indomitable courage and perseverance. These are the causes which surmounted every obstacle, and which have led to such mighty results.

Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.

Content not thyself that thou art virtuous in the general; for one link being wanting, the chain is defective. Perhaps thou art rather innocent than virtuous, and owest more to thy constitution than to thy religion.

Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where he made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.

Every condition of life, if attended with virtue, is undisturbed and delightful; but when vice is intermixed, it renders even things that appear sumptuous and magnificent, distasteful and uneasy to the possessor.

Every man is ready to give in a long catalogue of those virtues and good qualities he expects to find in the person of a friend; but very few of us are careful to cultivate them in ourselves.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.

Hast thou virtue? Acquire also the graces and beauties of virtue.


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