A Quote by Saint Maximos the Confessor on god, christianity, courage, humility, vices, hope, cleansing, victory, success, and struggles

It is said that God allows the demons to attack us for five reasons.  The first is that, through being attacked and fighting back, we should learn to distinguish virtue from sin.  The second is that having acquired virtue by struggle and labor we should keep it firm and unalterable.  The third, that progressing in virtue we should not think highly of ourselves but learn humility.  The fourth, that having experienced in practice the wickedness of sin we should hate it with perfect hatred.  Finally, the fifth and most important is that having been freed from the passions we should not forget our weakness and the strength of Him that helped us.

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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A Quote by Kenneth Smith on philosophy, greeks, aristeia, values, culture, illumination, determination, life, cognoscenti, and vices

The Greeks took for granted a warrior-ethic ("aristeia," the virtues, values, culture and competence of "aristoi") not just between man and nature, and one city and another, and in the competitive contests (agones) between one person or point of view and another, but most especially between the individual mind striving for illumination and the vast surrounding obscure chaos of all that we do not know or understand or, as yet, have the resources to master. Humans from the earliest days of their lives have already planted their feet on one of two paths, one leading toward self-illumination or a determination to live life knowingly, as cognoscenti or "knowers," and one leading toward the absolute minimum of effort at illumination, a default-mentality marked by the vices of ignoranti, the countless herds of the mostly oblivious and passive who are content merely to be, to drift and be driven, not to be morally or philosophically accountable for themselves.

Kenneth Smith

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on virtue, vice, virtues, vices, and differences

"Men differ in their virtues, if any, but they are alike in their vices."
--Gail Wynand, The Fountainhead.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: The Fountainhead

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on blessings, capitalism, sharing, socialism, vices, and virtue

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: Saying

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on admiration and vices

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on idealism, socialism, and vices

It is a socialist ideal that making profits is a vice. I consider the real vice is making losses.

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

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A Quote by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill on contempt, danger, disobedience, lawyers, and vices

Winston Churchill, for his part, regarded Gandhi with not a little contempt, describing the 'Mahatma' as a dangerous charlatan: "It is alarming and also nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi, a seditious Middle Temple lawyer, now posing as a fakir of a type well known in the East, striding half-naked up the steps of the Vice regal palace, while he is still organising and conducting a campaign of civil disobedience, to parley on equal terms with the representative of King-Emperor."

Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)

Source: speech to the West Essex Conservatives, February 23, 1930

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on vices and virtue

Well, whiles I am a beggar, I will rail, And say there is no sin, but to be rich: And, being rich, my virtue then shall be, To say there is no vice, but beggary.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King John, Act 2, scene 1.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on clothes, gold, justice, and vices

Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; Robes and furred gowns hide all. Plate sin with gold, And the strong lance of justice breaks; Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: King Lear, IV, vi.

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on corruption, ingratitude, lies, and vices

I hate ingratitude more in a man Than lying, vainness, babbling drunkenness, Or any taint of vice whose strong corruption Inhabits our frail blood.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Twelfth Night

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