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A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self-preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The child learns more of the virtues needed in modern life-of fairness, of justice, of comradeship, of collective interest and action-in a common school than can be taught in the most perfect family circle.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nor was civil society founded merely to preserve the lives of its members; but that they might live well: for otherwise a state might be composed of slaves, or the animal creation... nor is it an alliance mutually to defend each other from injuries, or for a commercial intercourse. But whosoever endeavors to establish wholesome laws in a state, attends to the virtues and vices of each individual who composes it; from whence it is evident, that the first care of him who would found a city, truly deserving that name, and not nominally so, must be to have his citizens virtuous.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In our world of big names, curiously, our true heroes tend to be anonymous. In this life of illusion and quasi-illusion, the person of solid virtues who can be admired for something more substantial than his well-knownness often proves to be the unsung hero: the teacher, the nurse, the mother, the honest cop, the hard worker at lonely, underpaid, unglamorous, unpublicized jobs.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
By the worldly standards of public life, all scholars in their work are of course oddly virtuous. They do not make wild claims, they do not cheat, they do not try to persuade at any cost, they appeal neither to prejudice nor to authority, they are often frank about their ignorance, their disputes are fairly decorous, they do not confuse what is being argued with race, politics, sex or age, they listen patiently to the young and to the old who both know everything. These are the general virtues of scholarship, and they are peculiarly the virtues of science.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There are few virtues that the Poles do not possess and there are few errors they have ever avoided.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The arbitrary rule of a just and enlightened prince is always bad. His virtues are the most dangerous and the surest form of seduction: they lull a people imperceptibly into the habit of loving, respecting, and serving his successor, whoever that successor may be, no matter how wicked or stupid.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice. Our thoughts are often worse than we are, just as they are often better.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Weed -- a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintances.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Repudiating the virtues of your world, criminals hopelessly agree to organize a forbidden universe. They agree to live in it. The air there is nauseating: they can breathe it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Among the virtues and vices that make up the British character, we have one vice, at least, that Americans ought to view with sympathy. For they appear to be the only people who share it with us. I mean our worship of the antique. I do not refer to beauty or even historical association. I refer to age, to a quantity of years.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Near this spot are deposited the remains of one who possessed Beauty without Vanity, Strength without Insolence, Courage without Ferocity, and all the Virtues of Man without his Vices. This praise, which would be unmeaning Flattery, if inscribed over human ashes, is but a just Tribute to the Memory of BOATSWAIN, a Dog.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To exercise power costs effort and demands courage. That is why so many fail to assert rights to which they are perfectly entitled -- because a right is a kind of power but they are too lazy or too cowardly to exercise it. The virtues which cloak these faults are called patience and forbearance.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame, but to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers are the characteristics of an excellent man.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
From our ancestors come our names from our virtues our honor.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We need the iron qualities that go with true manhood. We need the positive virtues of resolution, of courage, of indomitable will, of power to do without shrinking the rough work that must always be done.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Wealth is what gives you the right to preach about the virtues of poverty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Another of our highly prized virtues is fidelity. We are immensely pleased with ourselves when we are faithful.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Philosophy Professor: The reason why I refuse to take existentialism as just another French fashion or historical curiosity is that I think it has something very important to offer us... I'm afraid were losing the real virtues of living life passionately in the sense of taking responsibility for who you are the ability to make something of yourself and feel good about life. Existentialism is often discussed as if it were a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre, once interviewed, said he never felt once minute of despair in his life. One thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish about life so much as a real kind of exuberance, of feeling on top of it, its like your life is yours to create. Ive read the post modernists with some interest, even admiration, but when I read them I always have this awful nagging feeling that something absolutely essential is getting left out. The more you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as being fragmented of marginalised, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses. And when sartre talks about responsibilty, he's not talking about something abstract. He's not taling about the kind of self or souls that theologians would talk about. Hes talking about you and me talking, making descisions, doing things, and taking the consequences. It might be true that there are six million people in this world, and counting, but nevertheless -what you do makes a difference. It makes a difference, first of all, in material terms, to other people, and it sets an example. In short, I think the message here is that we shouuld never write ourselves off or see eachother as a victim of various forces. It's always our descision who we are.More [10/23/2005 12:10:00]
One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.More [05/22/2006 12:05:00]
James Bond: I see you don't chase dreams, you live them.
Graves: One of the virtues of never sleeping.More [03/28/2007 12:03:00]
Marcus Aurelius: Are you ready to do your duty for Rome?
Commodus: Yes, father.
Marcus Aurelius: You will not be emperor.
Commodus: Which wiser, older man is to take my place?
Marcus Aurelius: My powers will pass to Maximus, to hold in trust until the Senate is ready to rule once more. Rome is to be a republic again.
Commodus: Maximus?
Marcus Aurelius: Yes. My decision disappoints you?
Commodus: You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield, but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you. But none of my virtues were on your list. Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son.
Marcus Aurelius: Oh, Commodus. You go too far.
Commodus: I search the faces of the gods... for ways to please you, to make you proud. One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight. Would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much?
Marcus Aurelius: Shh, Commodus.
Commodus: All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.
Marcus Aurelius: [Marcus Aurelius gets down on his knees] Commodus. Your faults as a son is my failure as a father. Come
[Gives Commodus a hug]
Commodus: [Commodus hugs Marcus and cries] Father. I would have butcher the whole world... if you would only love me!
[Commodus begins to asphyxiate Marcus while they hug, Marcus grunts]More [12/23/2007 12:12:00]
We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues of those who are opposed to us.More [03/04/2008 12:03:00]
Ynyr: There are kingly virtues other than bravery. Courtesy is one of them.More [06/20/2008 12:06:00]
Prince Feisal: Young men make wars, and the virtues of war are the virtues of young men: courage, and hope for the future. Then old men make the peace, and the vices of peace are the vices of old men: mistrust and caution.More [07/11/2008 12:07:00]
Maurice Stern:
Pity - that most vile of virtues - has never been known to you.

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Col. Dodge:
Ladies and gentlemen, today a great chapter of history has been written. And we take justifiable pride in bringing this railroad to the terminal furthest in this country. Someday, and I believe in the near future, a great city will spring from this very spot upon which we now stand. A city which will represent all that the West stands for: honesty, courage, morality and culture. For all the noble virtues of civilization, I can see a great metropolis of homes, churches, schools; a fine, decent city which will become the flower of the prairie.

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[translating an ancient scroll]

Dr. Herbert Lee:
The voice of Mara...

Master Fang:
Mara is the sun god in the court of the Temple of the Dawn.

Dr. Herbert Lee:
The very spot I was heading for!

Master Fang:
Yes, yes - that is the Dragon Lady's temple. Read on, Doctor.

Dr. Herbert Lee:
The anger of Mara will be visited upon his people. War, pestilence, famine will humble them until the virtues of man are restored. Then will Mara speak and lead his people to the path of eternal glory.

Master Fang:
Wonderful, Doctor, wonderful. That tells me much; the very thing the natives have been waiting for. That is their legend - that one day Mara will talk. All will be easy now. I will make Mara talk.

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Shazam [Ch. 1]:
It is your duty to see that the Curse of the Scorpion is not visited upon innocent people.

Billy Batson:
My duty?

Shazam [Ch. 1]:
Yes, so long as the Golden Scorpion can fall into the hands of selfish men, it is the duty of Captain Marvel to protect the innocent from its evil use.

Billy Batson:
But who is Captain Marvel?

Shazam [Ch. 1]:
You are, my son. All that is necessary is to repeat my name, Shazam. By its repetition, you will become Captain Marvel and take on the virtues you see recorded there.

[He points to a marble carving]

Shazam [Ch. 1]:
The wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the great courage of Achilles and the speed of Mercury. You must never call upon this power except in the service of right. To do so will bring the Scorpion's curse upon your own head. And now my son, repeat my name and return to the rescue of your friends.

Billy Batson:

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[first lines]

So oft it chances in particular men / That through some vicious mole of nature in them, / By the o'ergrowth of some complexion / Oft breaking down the pales and forts of reason, / Or by some habit grown too much; that these men - / Carrying, I say, the stamp of one defect, / Their virtues else - be they as pure as grace, / Shall in the general censure take corruption / From that particular fault... This is the tragedy of a man who could not make up his mind.

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Mrs. Railton-Bell:
Are you on the side of Mr. Malcolm and his defense advice or are you on the side of the Christian virtues -- like Mr. Fowler and myself?

John Malcolm:
Never in my life have I heard a question so disgracefully begged. You should be in politics, Mrs. Railton-Bell.

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General von Seidlitz-Gabler:
Patience is one the few virtues that I possess.

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Grandfather George:
You want to know why they're called Faith, Hope, Grace and Charity?

Bill Rowen:

Grandfather George:
Your Grandmother. She named them after the virtues I lack. That's marriage for you!

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George Sand:
I am not full of virtues and noble qualities. I love. That is all. But I love strongly, exclusively and steadfastly.

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Patience isn't one of my virtues

You have so few of those, I wouldn't worry about that one.

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Eugene Wrayburn:
My dear Mortimer, you are the express picture of contented industry. Reposing after the virtues of the day.

Mortimer Lightwood:
And you, my dear Eugene, are the express picture of discontented idleness.

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When women did appear, it was often as the rich rancher's daughter or the women dressing up the local saloon or worse. In a genre where the traditional masculine virtues of rugged strength and unswerving determination dominated the scene, women were usually relegated to the background. On the whole, they were either good or, if not bad, then no better than they should be.

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Sanosuke Sagara:
I wouldn't mind picking a fight for a change. Usually, I don't have any choice about who I fight with, but I can't stand watching people abuse those weaker than them. Something about that sort of bugs me. Especially when it's a bunch of hypocrites talking about the virtues of freedom and justice for all. That really pisses me off.

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Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.More [07/01/2011 06:07:22]
Hear the words of prudence, give heed unto her counsels, and store them in thine heart; her maxims are universal, and all the virtues lean upon her; she is the guide and the mistress of human life.More [07/13/2011 03:07:51]
The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.More [07/16/2011 05:07:34]
Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.More [07/25/2011 10:07:59]
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.More [09/11/2011 05:09:03]
We are far more liable to catch the vices than the virtues of our associates. More [09/21/2011 04:09:11]

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