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  • n. Plural form of virtue.


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  • Indeed, we seem to be reading a description no longer of the virtues of the bay laurel, but of the _virtues_ of all beautiful sights and sounds, of all beautiful thoughts and emotions, in reading the following quaint and charming words of an old herbal: --

    Laurus Nobilis Chapters on Art and Life

  • But vices are necessary to his existence as well as virtues: he is at war with a tribe that may destroy his own; and treachery without scruple, cruelty without remorse, are essential to him; he feels their necessity, and calls them _virtues_!

    Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete

  • We may then sum up by saying that Lord Byron generally established on an impregnable rock, guarded by unbending principles, those great virtues to which principles are essential; but that, after making these treasures secure -- for treasures they are to the man of honor and worth -- once having placed them beyond the reach of sensibility and sentiment, he may sometimes have allowed the _lesser virtues_ (within ordinary bonds) such indulgence as flowed from his kindly nature, and such as his youth rendered natural to a feeling heart and ardent imagination.

    Lord Byron jugé par les témoins de sa vie. English

  • And since it deals with human relationships, it must be an humane science, one dependent, as are all the humane sciences, on norms of human conduct, norms which we call virtues and morals.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • This is what I call the virtues that appear during the lean years.


  • The world taken _en masse_ is a monster, crammed with prejudices, packed with prepossessions, cankered with what it calls virtues, a puritan, a prig.

    The Green Carnation

  • As a basis for such a connection as has subsisted between the powers of Europe, we had nothing to fear, but from the lapses and frailties of men, -- and that was enough; but this new pretended republic has given us more to apprehend from what they call their virtues than we had to dread from the vices of other men.

    The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 06 (of 12)

  • Admit then, according to your own principles, that God cannot have what we call virtues, and that man cannot be virtuous with respect to him.

    Good Sense

  • "We take responsibility for our kids, not only their academics but what we call their virtues," Principal Ken Soerens told me.

  • Another key set of chick-lit virtues is to be gullible, hopelessly loyal, and endlessly open to be taken advantage of.

    2009 November « Tales from the Reading Room


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