David Hume on Virtue

Heaven and hell suppose two distinct species of men, the good and the bad. But the greatest part of mankind float betwixt vice and virtue.

~ David Hume

George Eliot on Virtue

“The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

~ George Eliot

Buddha on Malice

“As dust thrown against the wind, mischief is blown back in the face of the fool who wrongs the pure and harmless.”

~ Buddha

Noel Coward on Gossip

“Work hard, do the best you can, don’t lose faith in yourself and take no notice of what other people say about you.”

~ Noel Coward

Oliver Sacks on Tranquility

“I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life – achieving a sense of peace within oneself.”

~ Oliver Sacks / Gratitude

Edith Hall on Virtue

“Yet I still longed to be a good person, live a constructive life, and ideally leave the planet a better place than I had arrived in it.”

~ Edith Hall / Aristotle’s Way: How Ancient Wisdom Can Change Your Life

Rembrandt on Life

“Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses.”

~ Rembrandt van Rijn.

Seneca on Virtue

“Never to wrong others takes one a long way towards peace of mind…A guilty person sometimes has the luck to escape detection, but never to feel sure of it.”

~ Seneca