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“For Christian thought, the movement towards virtue was easily taken up in the understanding of the Christian life as a constant transformation into the image of Christ, the true incarnation of the virtuous person.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“We cannot produce virtue ourselves; but we can choose to obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Peter 1:5)

“True virtue never appears so lovely, as when it is most oppressed; and the divine excellency of real Christianity, is never exhibited with such advantage, as when under the greatest trials.” (Jonathan Edwards)

“Good men avoid sin from the love of virtue: Wicked men avoid sin from a fear of punishment.” (John Wesley)

“At the root of every vice is a lie, a distortion of the truth. On the other hand, those activities rooted in truth produce virtue. The eight virtues corresponding to the eight vices are self-­control, purity, charity, peacefulness, spiritual mourning, zeal, modesty, and humility. These virtues are the natural expressions of our willful desires that the vices unnaturally pervert…The most evil vice is always the perversion of the most excellent virtue.” (Kevin Scherer, Father Thomas Hopko)

“Virtue is never mere virtue, it is either from God, or through God, or in God…Whoever pursues true virtue participates in nothing other than God, because he is himself absolute virtue.” (Meister Eckhart, St. Gregory of Nyssa)

“Virtue is a stable and utterly dispassionate state of righteousness. Nothing stands opposed to it, for it bears the stamp of God, and there is nothing contrary to that. God is the cause of the virtues; and a living knowledge of God is realized when the person who has truly recognized God changes his inner state so that it conforms more closely to the Spirit.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

“…each person has an intrinsic value and importance in virtue of his or her unique relationship to God.” (Rev. Thomas Fitzgerald)

“Every act and every word of our Savior is a guide for holiness and virtue. For this reason He became human, so that in images He may depict both holiness and virtue for us…For this reason he bears a body so that we may imitate His life.” (St. Basil the Great)

“The Bible says God is love. This is not a definition of who God is, but rather describes His relationship to us…When we love, we reflect God…The ability both to give and to receive, love is the constant and unending reciprocal exchange of what is ours, one to the other. This is at the heart of our effort, of the Christian life. I hope that love, the eternal virtue, will remain our constant motive, in that "God is love." My prayer is that true love will be both our source and our goal, our means and our end.” (Sacramental Living, Orthodox Study Bible, 1 John 4:7-11, Sdn. Jeremiah Vollman)

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