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Confucius – To prefer the concealment of virtue

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ConfuciusIt is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin.

Confucius  

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Horace – In a hurry to be wealthy

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Horace He who is always in a hurry to be wealthy and immersed in the study of augmenting his fortune has lost the arms of reason and deserted the post of virtue.

Horace   (65 BC-8 BC)

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Aristotle – Let us be well persuaded that every

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AristotleLet us be well persuaded that everyone of us possesses happiness in proportion to his virtue and wisdom, and according as he acts in obedience to their suggestion.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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David Hume – Vanity is closely allied to virtue

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David HumeVanity is so closely allied to virtue, and to love the fame of laudable actions approaches so near the love of laudable actions for their own sake, that these passions are more capable of mixture than any other kinds of affection; and it is almost impossible to have the latter without some degree of the former.

David Hume   (1711-1776)

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Aristotle – The good of man is the active exercise. . .

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AristotleThe good of man is the active exercise of his soul’s faculties In conformity with excellence or virtue . . . Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day; arid similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Pleasure, most often delusive

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Pleasure, most often delusive, may be born of delusion. Pleasure, herself a sorceress, may pitch her tents on enchanted ground. But happiness (or, to use a more accurate and comprehensive term, solid well-being) can be built on virtue alone, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772-1834)

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Aldous Huxley – Jehovah, Allah, the Trinity. . .

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Aldous HuxleyJehovah, Allah, the Trinity, Jesus, Buddha, are names for a great variety of human virtues, human mystical experiences human remorses, human compensatory fantasies, human terrors, human cruelties. If all men were alike, all the world would worship the same God.

Aldous Huxley  

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Confucius – A ruler who governs by virtue

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ConfuciusA ruler who governs his state by virtue is like the north polar star, which remains in its place while all the other stars revolve around it.

Confucius  

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Plato – Wisdom is the true coin for exchange

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platoWisdom alone is the true and unalloyed coin for which we ought to exchange all things, for this and with this everything is bought and sold–fortitude, temperance, and justice; in a word, true virtue subsists with wisdom.

Plato  

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William Hazlitt – Let a man’s talents or virtues be

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William HazlittLet a man’s talents or virtues be what they may, we feel satisfaction in his society only as he is satisfied in himself. We cannot enjoy the good qualities of a friend if he seems to be none the better for them.

William Hazlitt  

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