All virtues are said to be natural to those Who acquire character as a duty. No other goodness than good character Is deemed good by the noble. The pillars of excellence are five: Love, modesty, altruism, compassion, truthfulness. The characteristic of penance is non-killing, And that of goodness not speaking others’ faults. Humility is the strength of the strong and the weapon The wise use to conquer their foes. The touchstone of goodness is to own One's defeat even to inferiors. What good is that goodness if it does not return good Even to those who cause evil? Poverty is no disgrace to one Who has the strength called character. The depth of goodness is said to be the never changing attitude In spite of ever changing fortunes. The earth will cease to bear its burden If perfect men fall short of perfection.