Virtue must be the result of self-culture; the gods do not take pupils.
Kindness is virtue itself.
We cheat ourselves in order to enjoy a quiet conscience, without possessing virtue.
We cheat ourselves in order to enjoy a calm conscience without possessing virtue.
He who follows the path of virtue becomes as a little child.
The rewards of vice and virtue are like the shadow following the substance.
To produce without possessing; to work without expecting; to enlarge without usurping: this is the supreme virtue!
The whole future is doubtless determined; but since we know not what it is, nor what is foreseen or resolved, we must do our duty, according to the reason that God has given us and according to the rules that he has prescribed for us; and thereafter we must have a quiet mind, and leave to God himself the care for the outcome. For he will never fail to do that which shall be the best, not only in general but also in particular, for those who have true confidence in him, that is, a confidence composed of true piety, a lively faith and fervent charity, by virtue of which we will, as far as in us lies, neglect nothing appertaining to our duty and his service.
We seldom speak of the virtue which we have, but much oftener of that which we lack.
A person is a success if he works on the trait of sincerely desiring other people’s success. It is easy to talk as if you wish someone success but inwardly hope he fails. In general you should know that without hard work and wisdom it is impossible to reach any virtue, and you will remain with your natural tendencies and behavior.
To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.
Happiness cannot be the reward of virtue; it must be the intelligible consequence of it.
The unexamined life, said Socrates, is unfit to be lived by man. This is the virtue of liberty, and the ground on which we may justify our belief in it, that it tolerates error in order to serve truth.
Envy is blind, and has no other quality but that of detracting from virtue.
Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue.
All virtue lies in a power of denying our own desires where reason does not authorize them.
The most precious of all possessions, is power over ourselves; power to withstand trial, to bear suffering, to front danger; power over pleasure and pain; power to follow convictions, however resisted by menace and scorn; the power of calm reliance in scenes of darkness an storms. He that has not a mastery over his inclinations; he that knows not how to resist the importunity of present pleasure or pain, for the sake of what reason tells him is fit to be done, wants the true principle of virtue and industry, and is in danger of never being good for anything.
Man is loved mainly because of two virtue: courage first, loyalty second.
The virtue of benevolence... is of so comprehensive a nature, that it contains the principle of every moral duty.
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humility and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.