Though ambition may be a fault in itself, it is often the mother of virtues.
Virtue, though she gets her beginning from nature, yet receives her finishing touches from learning.
Ambition is a vice, but it may be the father of virtue.
A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
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.]
Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.
[Lat., Licet ipsa vitium sit ambitio, frequenter tamen causa virtutem est.]
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