Goodness is about character - integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.
The three hardest tasks in the world are neither physical feats nor intellectual achievements, but moral acts: to return love for hate, to include the excluded, and to say, 'I was wrong'.
The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.
Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
Virtue consisteth of three parts,--temperance, fortitude, and justice.
Republics are created by the virtue, public spirit, and intelligence of the citizens. They fall, when the wise are banished from the public councils, because they dare to be honest, and the profligate are rewarded, because they flatter the people, in order to betray them.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Patience is a noble virtue, and, when rightly exercised, does not fail of its reward.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man.
The virtue in most request is conformity.
It is the stain and disgrace of the age to envy virtue, and to be anxious to crush the very flower of dignity.
In the approach to virtue there are many steps.
Virtue and sense are one; and, trust me, still A faithless heart betrays the head unsound.
Desires should never be justified,' Tehol said, wagging a finger. 'All you end up doing is illuminating the hidden reasons by virtue of their obvious absence.
Time eventually convinces most of us that forgiveness is a virtue. Conveniently, cowardice and forgiveness look identical at a certain distance.
Virtue is indeed its own reward.
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