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  • Virtue is not attaching importance to the respect deserved; pride, on the other hand, is the state of expecting respect even where it is not deserved. While virtue speaks, pride takes refuge in the depths of the self and listens with suffering.”2)
  • “Goodness, beauty, truthfulness, honesty, and being virtuous are the essence of the world. Whatever happens, the world will one day find this essence, for no one can prevent such an event.”3)
  • “Good morals and sound conscience, and good manners and virtues are like a currency universally acceptable and which is not affected by changes in the values of other means of exchange. Those provided with such qualities are like merchants with the highest credit who can do business wherever they want.”4)
  • “Each individual has the seeds of virtue as well as the potential for evil. Such undesirable characteristics as passion and the desire to show off exist alongside such good qualities as sincerity, altruism, and self-sufficiency. We should take all these qualities into account when considering human nature so that we will not be disappointed.”5)
  • Virtue is when even enemies acknowledge and confess it.”6)
  • “As for the Qur’anic wisdom, it accepts right, not might, as the point of support in social life. Its goal is virtue and God’s approval, not the realization of self-interests. Its principle of life is mutual assistance, not conflict. The only community bonds it accepts are those of religion, profession, and country. Its final aims are controlling carnal desires and urging the soul to sublime matters, satisfying our exalted feelings so that we will strive for human perfection and true humanity. Right calls for unity, virtues bring solidarity, and mutual assistance means hastening to help one another. Religion secures brotherhood, sisterhood, and cohesion. Restraining our carnal soul and desires and urging the soul to perfection brings happiness in this world and the next.”7)

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M. Fethullah Gülen, Ölçü veya Yoldaki Işıklar, İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 28.
Ibid., p. 166.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Pearls of Wisdom, New Jersey: Tughra Books, 2013, p. 14.
Ibid., p. 19.
Ibid., p. 101.
M. Fethullah Gülen, Asrın Getirdiği Tereddütler-3, İstanbul: Nil Yayınları, 2011, p. 193.
Bediüzzaman Said Nursi, The Words, New Jersey: The Light, 2013, p. 146.
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