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  No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed.  
 -  Amelia Earhart
  

  There is no pillow so soft as a clear conscience.  
 -  French proverb
  

  Virtue never lives alone. It always finds good company.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  Politeness is not slavery.  
 -  African proverb, Swahili
  

  Virtue which parleys is near surrender.  
 -  English proverb
  

  Great necessities call out great virtues.  
 -  Abigail Adams
  

  It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.  
 -  Albert Pike
  

  A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.  
 -  Albert Schweitzer
  

  No virtue can be great if it is not constant.  
 -  Alfonso Milagro
  

  Better not be at all than not be noble.  
 -  Alfred Tennyson
  

  I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.  
 -  Anne Frank
  

  Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  Virtue alone is for real; all else is sham. Talent and greatness depend on virtue, not on fortune. Only virtue is sufficient unto herself. She makes us love the living and remember the dead.  
 -  Baltasar Gracian
  

  He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Seek not good from without: seek it within yourselves, or you will never find it.  
 -  Bertha Von Suttner
  

  No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.  
 -  Bertrand Russell
  

  Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.  
 -  Blaise Pascal
  

  Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.  
 -  Buddha
  

  The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all direction.  
 -  Chanakya
  

  Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  Have a heart that never hardens; a temper that never tires; a touch that never hurts.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.  
 -  Charles Lamb
  

  Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.  
 -  Cicero
  

  Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.  
 -  David Starr Jordan
  

  Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.  
 -  Dodie Smith
  

  The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.  
 -  Elizabeth Taylor
  

  True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.  
 -  Emanuel Swedenborg
  

  The virtue that leads to enduring happiness is not a quid pro quo goodness. (I'll be good 'in order to' get something.) Goodness in and of itself is the practice and the reward.  
 -  Epictetus
  

  Be grateful for luck. Pay the thunder no mind; listen to the birds. And don't hate nobody.  
 -  Eubie Blake
  

  Hypocrisy is the homage that vice pays to virtue.  
 -  Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
  

  We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad.  
 -  Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
  

  Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.  
 -  Gordon B Hinckley
  

  These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

  Philantrophy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.  
 -  Gordon B Hinckley
  

  These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.  
 -  Groucho Marx
  

  Philantrophy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.  
 -  Henry Ward Beecher
  

  He has great tranquility of heart who cares neither for the praises nor the fault-finding of men.  
 -  Honore de Balzac
  

  I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  Resolve to behave as though your every act were to become a universal law for all people.  
 -  Immanuel Kant
  

  Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.  
 -  Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  

  Never be haughty to the humble; never be humble to the haughty.  
 -  Jefferson Davis
  

  Humility is a virtue; timidity is a disease.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Noble be man, helpful and good. For that alone sets him apart from every other creature on earth.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Pleasure and love are the pinions of great deeds.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

  Virtue is the mistress of all things. Virtue is the master of all things. Therefore a nation that should never do wrong must necessarily govern the world. The might of virtue, the power of virtue, is not a very common topic, not so common as it should be.  
 -  John Adams
  

  A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them.  
 -  John C. Maxwell
  

  Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.  
 -  John Locke
  

  It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.  
 -  Jose Marti
  

  Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.  
 -  Kahlil Gibran
  

  Ask any decent person what he thinks matters most in human conduct: Five to one his answer will be 'kindness'.  
 -  Kenneth Clark
  

  I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.  
 -  Kurt Vonnegut
  

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great while it is still small.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Who sows virtue reaps honor.  
 -  Leonardo da Vinci
  

  Today we are afraid of simple words like goodness and mercy and kindness. We don't believe in the good old words because we don't believe in good old values anymore. And that's why the world is sick.  
 -  Lin Yutang
  

  Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal, and who obeys it: Ideal of art, ideal of science, ideal of the gospel virtues, therein lie the springs of great thoughts and great actions; they all reflect light from the Infinite.  
 -  Louis Pasteur
  

  Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.  
 -  Malcolm X
  

  Be like the promotory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it.  
 -  Marcus Aurelius
  

  Virtue has never been as respectable as money.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.  
 -  Martin Luther King Jr.
  

  There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.  
 -  Mencius
  

  All men have in themselves that which is truly honorable. Only they do not think of it.  
 -  Mencius
  

  I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.  
 -  Michelangelo
  

  My honor is dearer to me than my life.  
 -  Miguel de Cervantes
  

  Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.  
 -  Muhammad Ali
  

  When you are able to maintain your own highest standards of integrity, regardless of what others may do, you are destined for greatness.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.  
 -  Napoleon Hill
  

  Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.  
 -  Nikola Tesla
  

  If you want a quality, act as if you already have it. If you want to be courageous, act as if you were - and as you act and persevere in acting, so you tend to become.  
 -  Norman Vincent Peale
  

  Don't be led astray into the paths of virtue.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  Lust, pride, sloth, and gluttony, or, as we call them these days, 'getting in touch with your sexuality,' 'raising your self-esteem,' 'relaxation therapy,' and 'being a recovered bulimic.'  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.  
 -  Percy Bysshe Shelley
  

  To do an evil action is base; to do a good action without incurring danger is common enough; but it is part of a good man to do great and noble deeds, though he risks everything.  
 -  Plutarch
  

  A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.  
 -  Plutarch
  

  Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues.  
 -  Quintilian
  

  The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Great virtues may draw attention from defects, they cannot sanctify them. A pebble surrounded by diamonds remains a common stone, and a diamond surrounded by pebbles is still a gem.  
 -  Robert G. Ingersoll
  

  Impatience can be a virtue, if you practice it on yourself.  
 -  Rod McKuen
  

  Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms.  
 -  Ron Paul
  

  It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.  
 -  Saint Augustine
  

  It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.  
 -  Seneca
  

  Virtue is like precious odors - most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.  
 -  Sir Francis Bacon
  

  The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.  
 -  Socrates
  

  All the brothers should always be intent on good works, for it is written: 'Always do something good so that the devil will find you occupied.' And again: 'Idleness is the enemy of the soul.' Therefore, the servants of God must always give themselves totally to prayer or to some good work.  
 -  St. Francis of Assisi
  

  I'm out of the Midwest. It was a good place to come from. It gives you a sense of right or wrong and fairness, which I think is lacking in our society.  
 -  Steve McQueen
  

  Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.  
 -  Theodore Isaac Rubin
  

  Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.  
 -  Thomas Aquinas
  

  Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.  
 -  Thomas Paine
  

  Between two evils, choose neither; between two goods, choose both.  
 -  Tryon Edwards
  

  Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure not this thing nor that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Inspire virtues and, most importantly, strength and wisdom.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently  
 -  Unknown
  

  Patience is a virtue, but time is a commodity.  
 -  Unknown
  

  Where you see valid achievements or virtue being attacked, it's by someone viewing them as a mirror of their own inadequacy instead of an inspiring beacon for excellence.  
 -  Vanna Bonta
  

  I do not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.  
 -  Voltaire
  

  Do you realise that when you give a schilling to a beggar you are giving it to yourself? Do you realise that when you help a dog over a stile you yourself are being helped? Do you realise when you kick a man when he is down, you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick, you deserve it!  
 -  Wei Wu Wei
  

  Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.  
 -  William J. Bennett
  

  This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him.  
 -  William Lyon Phelps
  

  Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VI
  

  Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.  
 -  William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
  

  As if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.  
 -  William Somerset Maugham
  

  A good man should not flatter. He must have a sound moral character and be able to stand tall in society. This is a kind of good friend - his moral character can reflect on yours. He can give you courage when you're flinching. He can make you decisive when you're hesitant.  
 -  Yu Dan
  

  The way you see people is the way you treat them.  
 -  Zig Ziglar