Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Letter to Major-General Robert Howe (17 August 1779), published in "The Writings of George Washington": 1778-1779, edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford (1890)Paraphrased variants:Few men have the virtue to withstand the highest bidder.Few men have virtue enough to withstand the highest bidder.
The paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.
Virtue consisted in avoiding scandal and venereal disease.cecil, robert, 1st viscount cecil of chelwood
A difficult form of virtue is to try in your own life to obey what you believe to be God's will.
To gain a reputation for virtue, grieve over those you injure.mason cooley
Villainy wears many masks, none of which so dangerous as virtue.
Only Virtue is sufficient unto herself. She makes us love the living and remember the dead.baltasar gracián
Wisdom is knowing what to do next. Virtue is doing it.
Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.john locke
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
Virtue consists in doing our duty in the several relations we sustain in respect to ourselves, to our fellow men, and to God, as known from reason, conscience, and revelation.james waddel alexander
We cannot have right virtue without right conditions.henry ward beecher
Virtue is not a mushroom, that springeth up of itself in one night when we are asleep, or regard it not; but a delicate plant, that groweth slowly and tenderly, needing much pains to cultivate it, much care to guard it, much time to mature it, in our untoward soil, in this world's unkindly weather.
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