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The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”(Analects 4.9)
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
But virtue, as it never will be moved, Though lewdness court it in a shape of heaven, So lust, though to a radiant angel linked, Will sate itself in a celestial bedAnd prey on garbage.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
To the extent to which a man is rational, life is the premise directing his actions. To the extent to which he is irrational, the premise directing his actions is death.
These virtues are formed in man by his doing the actions ... The good of man is a working of the soul in the way of excellence in a complete life.
Well, heaven forgive him! and forgive us all! Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall: Some run from brakes of ice, and answer none: And some condemned for a fault alone.
This, in every hour and every issue, is your basic moral choice: thinking or non-thinking, existence or non-existence, A or non-A, entity or zero.
Logic rests on the axiom that existence exists. Logic is the art of non-contradictory identification.
Existence is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.
Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence.
To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific attributes.
By the grace of reality and the nature of life, man—every man—is an end in himself, he exists for his own sake, and the achievement of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose.
The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Man has the power to act as his own destroyer—and that is the way he has acted through most of his history.
When you are asked to love everybody indiscriminately, that is to love people without any standard, to love them regardless of whether they have any value or virtue, you are asked to love nobody.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
Honor is venerable to us because it is no ephemeris. It is always ancient virtue. We worship it today because it is not of today.
A gentleman is not a pot.
A man without regrets cannot be cured.
I see your point. It irks you to see anyone at all who is able to work permitted to live without working. But why do you consider work a virtue?
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.
Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence.
This is pity, ” he thought, and then he lifted his head in wonder. He thought that there must be something terribly wrong with a world in which this monstrous feeling is called a virtue.
To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.
Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
[On the virtuous man] "He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself.
When virtue has slept it will arise more vigorous.
When virtue has slept, it will arise again all the fresher.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.
What can promote innocent mirth, and I may say virtue, more than a good riddle?
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
While the people retain their virtue, and vigilance, no administration, by any extreme of wickedness or folly, can very seriously injure the government, in the short space of four years.
The Virtue and unpretentiousness of the wise man, which I am talking about, goes unnoticed because of its transparent ordinariness.
The difference is too nice - Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.
One is punished most for one’s virtues.
It's highly virtuous to say we'll be good, but we can't do it all at once, and it takes a long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together before some of us even get our feet set in the right way
The good polis is made by the good person, his moral character intact, and the good polis, in turn, helps turn out good persons, their moral character intact.
One can with but moderate possessions do what one ought.
You can fake virtue for an audience. You can’t fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running.
The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every-day conduct.
A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler than the forces which destroy him.