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                                 VIRTUE

                           Innocence and Purity 


                               1.  Essence


    5478     Virtue is a kind of health, beauty and good habit           
             of the soul.                                                

                                                    Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)


    5479     Virtue is the golden mean between two vices,                
             the one of excess and the other of deficiency.              

                                                  Aristotle (B.C. 384-322)


    5480     Virtue is a habit of the mind,                              
             consistent with nature and moderation and reason.           

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)


    5481     Virtue consists in avoiding vice, and is the highest wisdom.

                                                        Horace (B.C. 65-8)


    5482     Virtue is beauty.                                           

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)


    5483     Virtue, like health, is the harmony of the whole man.       

                                                       Carlyle (1795-1881)


    5484     Virtue is but heroic bravery, to do the thing thought to be 
             true, in spite of all enemies of flesh or spirit, in despite
             of all temptations or menaces.                              

                                                   Albert Pike (1809-1891)



                              2.  Opposites


    5485     The man of superior virtue is not conscious of his virtue,  
               and in this way he really possesses virtue.               
             The man of inferior virtue never loses sight of his virtue, 
               and in this way he loses his virtue.                      

                                                    Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600)


    5486     The superior man thinks always of virtue;                   
             the common man thinks of comfort.                           

                                                  Confucius (B.C. 551-479)


    5487     Virtue is the beauty, and vice the deformity, of the soul.  

                                                   Socrates (B.C. 469-399)


    5488     Holiness is what is loved by all the gods.  It is loved     
             because it is holy, and not holy because it is loved.       

                                                    Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)


    5489     He who dies for virtue, does not perish.                    

                                                    Plautus (B.C. 254-184)


    5490     The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop 
             to meanness.  Fire, though it may be quenched, will not     
             become cool.                                                

                                          The Hitopadesa (600?-1100? A.D.)


    5491     Virtue is health, vice is sickness.                         

                                            Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)


    5492     Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked                     
             than it is loved by the good.                               

                                                     Cervantes (1547-1616)


    5493     Certainly, virtue is like precious odors,                   
             most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed,            
             for prosperity doth best discover vice,                     
             but adversity doth best discover virtue.                    

                                                         Bacon (1561-1626)


    5494     Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.                  

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)


    5495     Some people with great virtues are disagreeable,            
             while others with great vices are delightful.               

                                              La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)


    5496     He's armed without that's innocent within.                  

                                                          Pope (1688-1744)


    5497     Our virtues and vices spring from one root.                 

                                                        Goethe (1749-1832)


    5498     Virtue by calculation is the virtue of vice.                

                                                       Joubert (1754-1824)


    5499     Virtue:  Climbing a hill                                    
             Vice:  Running down.                                        

                                                           Chinese Proverb


    5500     To produce things and to rear them,                         
             To produce, but not to take possession of them,             
             To act, but not to rely on one's own ability.               
             To lead them, but not to master them -                      
             This is called profound and secret virtue.                  

                                                    Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600)



                               3. Insight


    5501     This is the law of God, that virtue only is firm,           
             and cannot be shaken by a tempest.                          

                                                 Pythagoras (B.C. 582-507)


    5502     Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,             
             so virtue appears from good deeds,                          
             and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.           
             To walk safely through the maze of human life,              
             one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.   

                                                     Buddha (B.C. 568-488)


    5503     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 (B.C. 551-479)


    5504     Purity engenders Wisdom, Passion avarice, and Ignorance     
             folly, infatuation and darkness.                            

                                               Bhagavad Gita (c. B.C. 400)


    5505     Virtue consisteth of three parts, -                         
             temperance, fortitude, and justice.                         

                                                   Epicurus (B.C. 341-270)


    5506     Although a man may wear fine clothing, if he lives          
             peacefully; and is good, self-possessed, has faith          
             and is pure; and if he does not hurt any living being,      
             he is a holy man...                                         

                                              The Dhammapada (c. B.C. 300)


    5507     Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe     
             that they possess it.                                       

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)


    5508     God looks with favor at pure, not full, hands.              

                                             Publilius Syrus (fl. B.C. 42)


    5509     Nature does not bestow virtue; to be good is an art.        

                                                   Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)


    5510     The holy man, though he be distressed,                      
             Does not eat food mixed with wickedness.                    
             The lion, though hungry,                                    
             Will not eat what is unclean.                               

                                                Saskya Pandita (1182-1251)


    5511     I find that the best virtue I have                          
             has in it some tincture of vice.                            

                                                     Montaigne (1533-1592)


    5512     Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.                

                                                         Bacon (1561-1626)


    5513     Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words 
             can utter.                                                  

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)


    5514     We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad.   

                                              La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)


    5515     To be innocent is to be not guilty;                         
             but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil inclinations.    

                                                  William Penn (1614-1718)


    5516     There is nothing that is meritorious but virtue and         
             friendship; and indeed friendship itself is only a part     
             of virtue.                                                  

                                                          Pope (1688-1744)


    5517     Virtue is everywhere the same, because it comes from God,   
             while everything else is of men.                            

                                                      Voltaire (1694-1778)


    5518     Virtue is the state of war, and to live in it               
             we have always to combat with ourselves.                    

                                                      Rousseau (1712-1778)


    5519     The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups.     
             A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.    

                                                   Jane Porter (1776-1850)


    5520     Innocence is always unsuspicious.                           

                                                    Haliburton (1796-1865)


    5521     The only reward of virtue is virtue.                        

                                                       Emerson (1803-1882)


    5522     It has ever been my experience that folks who have no vices 
             have very few virtues.                                      

                                                       Lincoln (1809-1865)


    5523     The truly innocent are those who not only are guiltless     
             themselves, but who think others are.                       

                                                 Josh Billings (1815-1885)


    5524     They who disbelieve in virtue because man has never been    
             found perfect, might as reasonably deny the sun because     
             it is not always noon.                                      

                                                  Hare & Charles (c. 1830)


    5525     With virtue you cannot be entirely poor...                  
             Without it you cannot be really rich.                       

                                                           Chinese Proverb


    5526     Virtue cannot live in solitude:  neighbors are sure to      
             grow up around it.                                          

                                                  Confucius (B.C. 551-479)



                              4. Positive


    5527     The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the      
             breeze; but the fragrance of human virtue diffuses          
             itself everywhere.                                          

                                              The Ramayana (B.C. 500?-50?)


    5528     The most virtuous of all men is he that contents himself    
             with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.           

                                                    Plato (B.C. 427?-347?)


    5529     Honor is the reward of virtue.                              

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)


    5530     The glory of riches and of beauty is frail and transitory;  
             virtue remains bright and eternal.                          

                                                      Sallust (B.C. 86-34)


    5531     Virtue knowing no base repulse, shines with untarnished     
             honour; nor does she assume or resign her emblems of        
             honour by the will of some popular breeze.                  

                                                        Horace (B.C. 65-8)


    5532     Virtue is that perfect good which is the complement of a    
             happy life; the only immortal thing that belongs to         
             mortality.                                                  

                                                   Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)


    5533     Nature has placed nothing so high that virtue can not       
             reach it.                                                   

                                              Curtius-Rufus (fl. 100 A.D.)


    5534     Virtue is sufficient of herself for happiness.              

                                           Diogenes Laertius (c. 250 A.D.)


    5535     For virtue only finds eternal Fame.                         

                                            Francesco Petrarch (1304-1374)


    5536     Of all the benefits that virtue confers upon us,            
             the contempt of death is one of the greatest.               

                                                     Montaigne (1533-1592)


    5537     Our life is short, but to expand that span to vast eternity 
             is virtue's work.                                           

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)


    5538     A heart unspotted is not easily daunted.                    

                                                   Shakespeare (1564-1616)


    5539     Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt,                     
             Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled;              
             Yea, even that which mischief meant most harm               
             Shall in the happy trial prove most glory.                  

                                                        Milton (1608-1674)


    5540     Innocence is like polished armor; it adorns and defends.    

                                                  Robert South (1634-1716)


    5541     Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul.          

                                              Nicholas Boileau (1636-1711)


    5542     Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man!                 

                                                       Addison (1672-1719)


    5543     Virtue alone outbuilds the pyramids:                        
             Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall.                

                                                         Young (1683-1765)


    5544     Innocence is its own Defence.                               

                                                      Franklin (1706-1790)


    5545     Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul,                
             Is the best gift of Heaven:  a happiness                    
             That even above the smiles and frowns of fate               
             Exalts great Nature's favourites:  a wealth                 
             That never encumbers, nor can be transferred.               

                                                John Armstrong (1709-1779)


    5546     Riches adorn the dwelling; virtue adorns the person.        

                                                           Chinese Proverb


    5547     Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it
             in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing  
             to others, while itself is insensible of the music.         

                                                   Diogenes (B.C. 412-323)


                              5. Negative



    5548     There are some jobs in which it is impossible for a man to  
             be virtuous.                                                

                                                  Aristotle (B.C. 384-322)


    5549     The man who is not virtuous can never be happy.             

                                                   Epicurus (B.C. 341-270)


    5550     That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering  
             pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive      
             copy and imitation of virtue.                               

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)


    5551     Although a cloth be washed a hundred times,                 
             How can it be rendered clean and pure                       
             If it be washed in water which is dirty?                    

                                               Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)


    5552     To purify the heart is like the person ordered to uproot a  
             tree.  However much he reflects and struggles to do so, he  
             is unable.  So he says to himself, "I'll wait until I'm     
             more powerful and then uproot it."  But the longer he waits 
             and leaves the tree to grow, the larger and stronger it     
             becomes while he only becomes weaker.                       

                                 Abu 'Uthman Al-Maghribi (fl. c. 975 A.D.)


    5553     Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised.        

                                              La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)


    5554     The smallest speck is seen on snow.                         

                                                           Gay (1688-1732)


    5555     Virtue has need of limits.                                  

                                                   Montesquieu (1689-1755)


    5556     Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.        

                                             George Washington (1732-1799)


    5557     Virtue is not hereditary.                                   

                                                         Paine (1737-1809)


    5558     The absence of temptation is the absence of virtue.         

                                                        Goethe (1749-1832)


    5559     Innocence is but a poor substitute for experience.          

                                                 Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)


    5560     Most people are so constituted that they can only be        
             virtuous in a certain routine; an irregular course of life  
             demoralizes them.                                           

                                           Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864)


    5561     Virtue often trips and falls on the sharp-edged rock        
             of poverty.                                                 

                                                     Marie Sue (1804-1857)


    5562     Virtue is insufficient temptation.                          

                                                    G. B. Shaw (1856-1950)


    5563     The door to virtue...                                       
             Heavy and hard to push.                                     

                                                           Chinese Proverb


    5564     A noble spirit disdaineth the malice of fortune;            
             his greatness of Soul is not to be cast down.               

                                                 Akhenaton? (c. B.C. 1375)



                                6. Advice


    5565     INNOCENCE. Supreme success.                                 
             Perseverance furthers.                                      
             If someone is not as he should be,                          
             He has misfortune,                                          
             And it does not further him                                 
             To undertake anything.                                      

                                                      I Ching (B.C. 1150?)


    5566     Turn yourself not away from three best things:              
             Good Thought, Good Word, and Good Deed.                     

                                                Zoroaster (B.C. 628?-551?)


    5567     If he applies The Eternal to himself his virtue will be     
                genuine;                                                 
             If he applies it to his family his virtue will be abundant; 
             If he applies it to his village his virtue will be lasting; 
             If he applies it to his country his virtue will be full;    
             If he applies it to the world his virtue will be universal. 

                                                    Lao-Tzu (fl. B.C. 600)


    5568     To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes 
             perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, 
             sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.                       

                                                  Confucius (B.C. 551-479)


    5569     The shortest and surest way to live with honor 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 (B.C. 469-399)


    5570     One should seek virtue for its own sake and not from hope   
             or fear, or any external motive.  It is in virtue that      
             happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which   
             tends to make the whole of life harmonious.                 

                                                      Zeno (B.C. 335?-264)


    5571     A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues.              

                                                      Cicero (B.C. 106-43)


    5572     Every man has his appointed day; life is brief and          
             irrevocable; but it is the work of virtue to extend         
             our fame by our deeds.                                      

                                                       Vergil (B.C. 70-19)


    5573     The only path to a tranquil life is through virtue.         

                                                     Juvenal (40-125 A.D.)


    5574     Virtues are acquired through endeavor,                      
             Which rests wholly upon yourself.                           
             So, to praise others for their virtues                      
             Can but encourage one's own efforts.                        

                                               Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)


    5575     Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make      
             happy, not gold.                                            

                                                     Beethoven (1770-1827)


    5576     No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only 
             thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has  
             cost us.  Our integrity is never worth so much as when we   
             have parted with our all to keep it.                        

                                                        Colton (1780-1832)


    5577     He that has energy enough to root out a vice, should go     
             further, and try to plant a virtue in its place; otherwise  
             he will have his labor to renew.  A strong soil that has    
             produced weeds may be made to produce wheat.                

                                                        Colton (1780-1832)


    5578     The Lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.          

                                               H. P. Blavatsky (1831-1891)


    5579     Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window   
             through which you must see the world.                       

                                                    G. B. Shaw (1856-1950)



                              7. Potpourri


    5580     One who is to enjoy the purity of both body and mind walks  
             the path to enlightenment, breaking the net of selfish,     
             impure thoughts and evil desires.  He who is calm in mind   
             acquires peacefulness and thus is able to cultivate his     
             mind day and night with more diligence.                     

                                                     Buddha (B.C. 568-488)


    5581     Virtue, dear friend, needs no defence,                      
             The surest guard is innocence:                              
             None knew, till guilt created fear,                         
             What darts or poison'd arrows were.                         

                                                        Horace (B.C. 65-8)


    5582     It is the edge and temper of the blade that make a good     
             sword, not the richness of the scabbard; and so it is       
             not money or possessions that make man considerable, but    
             his virtue.                                                 

                                                   Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)


    5583     There is no ornament like virtue,                           
             There is no misery like worry,                              
             There is no protection like patience,                       
             There is no friend equal to generosity.                     

                                               Nagarjuna (c. 100-200 A.D.)


    5584     Food, sleep, fear, propagation; each is the common property 
             of men with brutes.  Virtue is really their additional      
             distinction; devoid of virtue, they are equal with brutes.  

                                          The Hitopadesa (600?-1100? A.D.)


    5585     They fulfill their vows and fear the day whose calamity     
             shall be far-reaching; and in spite of their own want,      
             they give food to the poor, and the orphan and the prisoner.

                                                       Koran (c. 651 A.D.)


    5586     True merit, like a river, the deeper it is,                 
             the less noise it makes.                                    

                                                       Halifax (1633-1695)


    5587     Shall ignorance of good and ill                             
             Dare to direct the eternal will?                            
             Seek virtue, and of that possest,                           
             To Providence resign the rest.                              

                                                           Gay (1688-1732)


    5588     Against the head which innocence secures,                   
             Insidious malice aims her dart in vain;                     
             Turned backwards by the powerful breath of heaven.          

                                                       Johnson (1709-1784)


    5589     And he by no uncommon lot                                   
             Was famed for virtues he had not.                           

                                                        Cowper (1731-1800)


    5590     One whose heart the holy forms                              
             Of young imagination have kept pure.                        

                                                    Wordsworth (1770-1850)


    5591     Blessed is the memory of those                              
               who have kept themselves unspotted from the world!        
             Yet more blessed and more dear the memory of those          
               who have kept themselves unspotted in the world.          

                                                  Anna Jameson (1794-1860)


    5592     There is virtue in country houses, in gardens and orchards, 
             in fields, streams and groves, in rustic recreations and    
             plain manners, that neither cities nor universities enjoy.  

                                                Amos B. Alcott (1799-1888)


    5593     Of all the virtues necessary to the completion of the       
             perfect man, there is none to be more delicately implied    
             and less ostentatiously vaunted than that of exquisite      
             feeling or universal benevolence.                           

                                                 Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873)


    5595     The Saints are the Sinners who keep on trying.              

                                        Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895)


    5594     Ascetic:  one who makes a necessity of virtue.              

                                                     Nietzsche (1844-1900)



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