One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.
The divine element manifests itself (or show up) in man as well by his aptitude for science, than by his aptitude for virtue. True morality, true philosophy and true art are in their essence (dans leur essence, Fr.) religious.
For knowledge to become wisdom, and for the soul to grow, the soul must be rooted in God: and it is through prayer that there comes to us that which is the strength of our strength, and the virtue of our virtue, the Holy Spirit.
Ninety per cent of the world's woe comes from people not knowing themselves, their abilities, their frailties, and even their real virtues. Most of us go almost all the way through life as complete strangers to ourselves - so how can we know anyone else?
Sydney J. Harris
Virtue never has been as respectable as money.
That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another's. We see so much only as we possess.
Henry David Thoreau
I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared.
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
And heaven had wanted one immortal song. But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.
In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
J. M. Coetzee
When love once pleas admission to our hearts, (In spite of all the virtue we can boast), The woman that deliberates is lost.
One of the most important virtues in social life, a virtue that is becoming less common by the day, is discretion.
Adolf Freiherr Knigge
Friends humor and flatter us, they steal our time, they encourage our love of ease, they make us content with ourselves, they are the foes of our virtue and our glory.
John Lancaster Spalding
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.
An opinion, right or wrong, can never constitute a moral offense, nor be in itself a moral obligation. It may be mistaken; it may involve an absurdity, or a contradiction. It is a truth; or it is an error: it can never be a crime or a virtue.
There are faults which show heart and win hearts, while the virtue in which there is no love, repels.
Character is supreme in life, hence Jesus stood supreme in the supreme thing - so supreme that, when we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue, but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of human life is no longer a code but a character.
E. Stanley Jones
A thirsty ambition for truth and virtue, and a frenzy to conquer all lies and vices which are not recognized as such nor desire to be; herein consists the heroic spirit of the philosopher.
Johann Georg Hamann
No Peace without Hope, No Hope without Liberty, No Liberty without Integrity, No Integrity without Virtue, No Virtue without Enlightenment, No Enlightenment without Truth.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
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