virtue is its own reward

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virtue is its own reward

  1. a good deed is its own reward
    • 1726, William De Britaine, Human Prudence; or, The Art by Which a Man May Raiſe Himſelf and His Fortune to Grandeur, 12th edition (Dublin: Samuel Fairbrother), § XII: “Of Virtue”, page 73
      The Wages of Sin is Death; it’s poor Wages that will not make a Man live; as Virtue is its own Reward, ſo Sin is its own Executioner.