Benjamin Franklin Quotes on Vice & Virtue (16 Quotes)



    Righteousness, or justice, is, undoubtedly of all the virtues, the surest foundation on which to create and establish a new state. But there are two nobler virtues, industry and frugality, which tend more to increase the wealth, power and grandeur of the community, than all the others without them.

    Dewey felt that since ideals are not perfectly attainable, they may demoralize students who try to measure up to them. The general tendency of reading good history must be to fix in the minds of youth deep impressions of the beauty and usefulness of virtue of all kinds, public spirit, fortitude, etc.


    I believe long habits of virtue have a sensible effect on the countenance.


    Think how great a proportion of mankind, consists of weak and ignorant men and women, and of inexperienced youth of both sexes, who have need of the motives of religion to restrain them from vice, to support their virtue, and retain them in the pract

    Seek Virtue, and, of that possessed, To Providence, resign the rest.

    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.




    Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.

    I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did.



    God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.


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