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In Praise of Virtue

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--- Quote ---Never expecting to find perfection in men, in my commerce with my contemporaries I have found much human virtue. The age unquestionably produces daring profligates and insidious hypocrites. What then? Am I not to avail myself of whatever good is to be found in the world because of the mixture of evil that will always be in it?
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Edmund Burke (d. 1797)


--- Quote ---Wisdom alone is a science of other sciences and of itself.
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 Plato - Charmides


--- Quote ---Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers.
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--- Quote ---Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger.
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Francis Bacon (d. 1626)


--- Quote ---Authority intoxicates
And makes mere sots of magistrates.
The fumes of it invade the brain
And make men giddy, proud and vain.
By this the fool commands the wise;
The noble with the base complies.
The sot assumes the role of wit
And cowards make the base submit.
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Samuel Butler (d.1902)


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