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Virtue Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Virtue

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A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

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The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

 

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

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When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

The only reward of virtue is virtue;
the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

Old age adds to the respect due to virtue,
but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice;
it whitens only the hair.
- Ira Gershwin

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

There is a natural aristocracy among men.
The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
- Thomas Jefferson

What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love,
truth, virtue, and beauty.
- Shinichi Suzuki

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
- David Starr Jordan

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide,
and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
- Robert Hall

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes,
but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
- Alfred North Whitehead

Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is
the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

I design for real people.
I think of our customers all the time.
There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing
or accessories that are not practical.
- Giorgio Armani

Dependence begets subservience and venality,
suffocates the germ of virtue,
and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

What most persons consider as virtue,
after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
- Voltaire

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

There is also something excellent in every audience,
the capacity of virtue.
They are ready to be beatified.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right;
more often unjust than just.
It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
- Hosea Ballou

The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
- Samuel Richardson

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.
- John Robert Seeley

Virtue is defined to be mediocrity, of which either extreme is vice.
- Rutherford B. Hayes

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.
- Saint Francis de Sales

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold,
be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.
- Samuel Butler

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
- Edmund Burke

To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one's family,
to bring peace to all, one must first
discipline and control one's own mind.
If a man can control his mind
he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
- The Buddha

All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not
enough to give in exchange for virtue.
- Plato

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes,
but to follow virtue and knowledge.
- Dante Alighieri

Every life is a march from innocence,
through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty,
more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident.
Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
- Francis Bacon

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue,
but carried to extremes narrows the mind.
- Francois Fenelon

Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim,
wisdom is the source of virtue and of fame;
obtained with labour,
for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it,
best enjoyed.
- Alfred North Whitehead

To suppose that any form of government will secure
liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people,
is a chimerical idea.
- James Madison

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers,
even if he bears a real person's name,
is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations,
he passes the test.
- Stephen Vizinczey

The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue,
pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia,
and fear, are near impotent.
- Edward Dahlberg

Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue,
where patience, honor, sweet humility,
and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
- David Mallet

Man is most happy, when his own actions are arguments
and examples of his virtue.
- John Webster

To be really great in little things,
to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life,
is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

When we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue,
but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of
human life is no longer a code,
but a character.
- E. Stanley Jones

Value manifests itself as exchange value,
as a quantitatively determined relationship,
in virtue of the fact that one commodity can be exchanged for another.
- Rudolf Hiferding

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
- Evelyn Waugh

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue,
if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
- Herman Melville

Virtue consisted in avoiding scandal and venereal disease.
- Robert Cecil

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed,
that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us,
if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
- Lord Chesterfield

The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
- Plutarch

Love means to love that which is unlovable;
or it is no virtue at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

There is no sanctuary of virtue like home.
- Edward Everett

I'd like to know what law is it that says that a woman is a better parent,
simply by virtue of her sex.
- Robert Benton

Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.
- Ben Jonson

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
- Robert Smith Surtees

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you,
keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue,
influence, but by your own consent.
- William Ellery Channing

Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate
neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.
- James Goldsmith

Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth,
so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life,
one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
- The Buddha


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