Virtue is Reflected in the Countenance

“I believe long habits of virtue have a sensible effect on the countenance. There was something in the air of his [Cato’s] face that manifested the true greatness of his mind, which likewise appeared in all he said, and in every part of his behavior, obliging us to regard him with a kind of veneration. His aspect is sweetened with humanity and benevolence, and at the same time emboldened with resolution, equally free from a diffident bashfulness and unbecoming assurance. The consciousness of his own innate worth and unshaken integrity renders him calm and undaunted in the presence of the most great and powerful, and upon the most extraordinary occasions. His strict justice and known impartiality make him the arbitrator and decider of all differences that arise for many miles around him, without putting his neighbors to the charge, perplexity, and uncertainty of lawsuits.”

—Benjamin Franklin, Smyth 2:107. (1729.)