No radiant pearl, which crested Fortune wears, No gem that twinkling hangs from Beauty's ears, Not the bright stars which Night's blue arch adorn, Nor rising suns that gild the vernal morn, Shine with such lustre as the tear that flows Down Virtue's manly cheek for others' woes.
I know him a notorious liar, Think him a great way fool, solely a coward; Yet these fix'd evils sit so fit in him, That they take place, when Virtue's steely bones Look bleak i' the cold wind.william shakespeare
Virtue's his path; but sometimes 'tis too narrow For his vast soul; and then he starts out wide, And bounds into a vice.john dryden
Neuer thinke you fortune can beare the sway, Where Virtue's force, can cause her to obay.
And heaven had wanted one immortal song. But wild Ambition loves to slide, not stand, And Fortune's ice prefers to Virtue's land.john dryden
Let this great maxim be my Virtue's guide: In part she is to blame that has been tried; He comes too near that comes to be denied.lady mary wortley montagu
Yet truth will sometimes lend her noblest fires, And decorate the verse herself inspires: This fact, in Virtue's name, let Crabbe attest, Though Nature's sternest painter, yet the best.lord byron
Joy from truth's own glass of fire Sweetly on the searcher smiles; Lest on Virtue's steeps he tire, Joy the tedious path beguiles. High on faith's bright hill before us, See her banner proudly wave! Joy, too, swells the angels' chorus, Bursts the bondage of the grave!friedrich von schiller