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Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the ...
by John Henry Newman

Virtue is its own reward, and brings with it the truest and highest pleasure;
but if we cultivate it only for pleasure's sake,
we are selfish, not religious, and will never gain the pleasure,
because we can never have the virtue.
- John Henry Newman

A man would do nothing if he waited until he could
do it so well that no one could find fault.
- John Henry Newman

Men will die upon dogma but will not fall victim to a conclusion.
- John Henry Newman

It is often said that second thoughts are best.
So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.
- John Henry Newman

 

Ability is sexless.
- John Henry Newman

It is almost a definition of a gentleman to say that
he is one who never inflicts pain.
- John Henry Newman

In this world no one rules by love; if you are but amiable,
you are no hero; to be powerful, you must be strong,
and to have dominion you must have a genius for organizing.
- John Henry Newman

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Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
- John Henry Newman

We must make up our minds to be ignorant of much,
if we would know anything.
- John Henry Newman

Nothing would be done at all if one waited until one
could do it so well that no one could find fault with it.
- John Henry Newman

It is very difficult to get up resentment towards persons whom one has never seen.
- John Henry Newman

Let us take things as we find them: let us not attempt
to distort them into what they are not...
We cannot make facts.
All our wishing cannot change them.
We must use them.
- John Henry Newman

It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them,
into believing.
- John Henry Newman

If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
- John Henry Newman

Growth is the only evidence of life.
- John Henry Newman

We can believe what we choose.
We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
- John Henry Newman

A great memory is never made synonymous with wisdom,
any more than a dictionary would be called a treatise.
- John Henry Newman

Calculation never made a hero.
- John Henry Newman

Nothing is more common than for men to think that because
they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.
- John Henry Newman

Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect,
excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
- John Henry Newman

Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.
- John Henry Newman

The love of our private friends is the only preparatory
exercise for the love of all men.
- John Henry Newman

A great memory does not make a mind,
any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
- John Henry Newman

If we insist on being as sure as is conceivable...
we must be content to creep along the ground,
and never soar.
- John Henry Newman

To holy people the very name of Jesus is a name to feed upon,
a name to transport.
His name can raise the dead and transfigure and beautify the living.
- John Henry Newman

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
- John Henry Newman

Fear not that thy life shall come to an end,
but rather that it shall ever have a beginning.
- John Henry Newman

There is such a thing as legitimate warfare:
war has its laws;
there are things which may fairly be done,
and things which may not be done.
- John Henry Newman

From the age of fifteen, dogma has been the fundamental
principle of my religion:
I know no other religion;
I cannot enter into the idea of any other sort of religion;
religion,
as a mere sentiment, is to me a dream and a mockery.
- John Henry Newman

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

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

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

I design for real people.
I think of our customers all the time.
There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing
or accessories that are not practical.
- Giorgio Armani

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love,
truth, virtue, and beauty.
- Shinichi Suzuki

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

What most persons consider as virtue,
after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes,
but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

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

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
- David Starr Jordan

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue,
where patience, honor, sweet humility,
and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
- David Mallet

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
- Adam Smith

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing
nor that but simply growth,
We are happy when we are growing.
- William Butler Yeats

God seeth different abilities and frailties of men,
which may move His goodness to be merciful to their
different improvements in virtue.
- William Law

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue,
but carried to extremes narrows the mind.
- Francois Fenelon

In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue -
is hypocrisy.
- Lord Byron

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
- Natalie Clifford Barney

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton


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