Why is discipline important? Discipline teaches us to operate by principle rather than desire. Saying no to our impulses (even the ones that are not inherently sinful) puts us in control of our appetites rather than vice versa. It deposes our lust and permits truth, virtue, and integrity to rule our minds instead.— John F. MacArthur
Most Powerful Virtues Vices quotations
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
It is in the interest of tyrants to reduce the people to ignorance and vice.
For they cannot live in any country where virtue and knowledge prevail.
When misguided public opinion honors what is despicable and despises what is honorable, punishes virtue and rewards vice, encourages what is harmful and discourages what is useful, applauds falsehood and smothers truth under indifference or insult, a nation turns its back on progress and can be restored only by the terrible lessons of catastrophe.
We must define flattery and praise; they are distinct. Trajan was encouraged to virtue by the panegyric Pliny; Tiberius became obstinate in vice from the flattery of his senators.
Whoever passes forty without his virtue overpowering his vice, let him get ready for hellfire. This advice contains enough for people of knowledge.
Do not grieve over the temptations you suffer.
When the Lord intends to bestow a particular virtue on us, He often permits us first to be tempted by the opposite vice. Therefore, look upon every temptation as an invitation to grow in a particular virtue and a promise by God that you will be successful, if only you stand fast.
A theory which is not refutable by any conceivable event is non-scientific.
Irrefutability is not a virtue of a theory (as people often think) but a vice.
The fact that millions of people share the same vices does not make these vices virtues, the fact that they share so many errors does not make the errors to be truths, and the fact that millions of people share the same form of mental pathology does not make these people sane.
In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
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.
No race has a monopoly on vice or virtue, and the worth of an individual is not related to the color of his skin.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
There is no academic virtue in playing mediocre football and no academic vice in winning a game that by all odds one should lose...There has indeed been a surrender at Notre Dame, but it is a surrender to excellence on all fronts, and in this we hope to rise above ourselves with the help of God.
He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
Prayer is the key of perfection and of sovereign happiness;
it is the efficacious means of getting rid of all vices and of acquiring all virtues; for the way to become perfect is to live in the presence of God.
A cardinal American virtue, 'ambition,' promotes a cardinal American vice, 'deviant behavior.
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
Vice is its own reward.
It can fairly be said of John Smith that he had all the virtues of a Scottish presbyterian, but none of the vices.
DIGESTION, n. The conversion of victuals into virtues. When the process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead - a circumstance from which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia.
It takes a vice to check a vice, and virtue is the by-product of a stalemate between opposite vices.
Christianity is not about moving away from vice to virtue. It's moving away from virtue to Christ.
One doesn’t have to operate with great malice to do great harm.
The absence of empathy and understanding are sufficient. In fact, a man convinced of his virtue even in the midst of his vice is the worst kind of man.
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
This vice brings in one hundred million francs in taxes every year.
I will certainly forbid it at once - as soon as you can name a virtue that brings in as much revenue.
Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
Remember, the prince is like a mirror exposed to the eyes of all his subjects who continually look to him as a pattern on which to model themselves, and who in consequence without much trouble discover his vices and virtues.
Only conservatives believe that subversion is still being carried on in the arts and that society is being shaken by it. Advanced art today is no longer a cause --it contains no moral imperative. There is no virtue in clinging to principles and standards, no vice in selling or in selling out.
Cheetah genes cooperate with cheetah genes but not with camel genes, and vice versa. This is not because cheetah genes, even in the most poetic sense, see any virtue in the preservation of the cheetah species. They are not working to save the cheetah from extinction like some molecular World Wildlife Fund.
Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.