Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it cannot be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues — faith and hope. (“Nicholas Nickleby”)
It is a far, far, better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far, better rest that I go to than I have ever known. (“A Tale of Two Cities”)
Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess! (“Dombey and Son”)
May the New Year bring you courage to break your resolutions early! My own plan is to swear off every kind of virtue, so that I triumph even when I fall!
I am not a saint. I have done wrong, and I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of talking about it.
I’ve always tried to do the right thing rather than the popular thing.
I’ve begun to sing with pop singers, which is for me an incredible pleasure. First, I like people—most of the people I work with are absolutely incredible. Others are a little less incredible, but I am not expecting sanctity on this planet. I am not myself a saint.
Virtue is persecuted by the wicked more than it is loved by the good.
Peace is not a passive but an active virtue. Our Lord never said, “Blessed are the peaceful,” but “Blessed are the peacemakers.”
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.