A Quote by Socrates on good, men, virtue, and wealth

Virtue does not come from wealth, but . . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have . . . comes from virtue.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on honor, men, silence, virtue, and wisdom

Think not silence the wisdom of fools; but, if rightly timed, the honor of wise men, who have not the infirmity, but the virtue of taciturnity.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Christian Morals (1680)

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A Quote by Sir Thomas Browne on confusion, enemies, god, hatred, laughter, men, reason, religion, and virtue

If there be any among those common objects of hatred I do contemn and laugh at, it is that great enemy of reason, virtue, and religion, the multitude; that numerous piece of monstrosity, which, taken asunder, seem men, and the reasonable creatures of God, but, confused together, make but one great beast, and a monstrosity more prodigious than Hydra.

Sir Thomas Browne (1605 - 1682)

Source: Religio Medici

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A Quote by Sir Richard Steele on virtue


Will. Honeycomb calls these over-offended ladies the outrageously virtuous.

Sir Richard Steele (1672 - 1729)

Source: Spectator. No. 266.

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A Quote by Sir Philip Sidney on ambition, glory, honor, perfection, principles, and virtue

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.

Sir Philip Sidney (1554 - 1586)

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A Quote by Sir Kingsley William Amis on action, criticism, guidance, and virtue

Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.

Sir Kingsley William Amis (1922 - 1995)

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A Quote by Simonides of Ceos on death, fame, fate, fighting, freedom, lies, and virtue

If to die honorably is the greatest Part of virtue, for us fate's done her best. Because we fought to crown Greece with freedom We lie here enjoying timeless fame.

Simonides of Ceos (c.556 - 468 BC)

Source: For the Athenian Dead at Plataia

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A Quote by Shaftesbury on virtue


I would be virtuous for my own sake, though nobody were to know it; as I would be clean for my own sake, although nobody were to see me.


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A Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca on day, temptation, vices, and virtue

We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.

Seneca (4 BC - 65 AD)

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on vices and virtue

If he does really think that there is no distinction between virtue and vice, why, sir, when he leaves our houses let us count our spoons.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

Source: Life of Johnson (Boswell). Vol. ii. Chap. v. 1763.

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