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Virtue Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Virtue.

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

Related topics: Values Wisdom Live-By

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

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

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

 

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

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

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

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

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

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

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

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

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

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

The inherent vice of capitalism
is the unequal sharing of blessings;
the inherent virtue of socialism
is the equal sharing of miseries.
- Winston Churchill

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

It is only the poor who pay cash,
and that not from virtue,
but because they are refused credit.
- Anatole France

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits
of innocence and blessedness.
- William C. Bryant

Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of
which man does not destroy himself,
but continues to live on.
It is the force whereby we live.
- Leo Tolstoy

Many writers who choose to be active in the world lose not virtue but time,
and that stillness without which literature cannot be made.
- Gore Vidal

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light;
although it passes among the impure,
it is not polluted.
- Saint Aurelius Augustine

Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to
take itself for omnipotence.
- J. William Fulbright

Too much virtue can be criminal.
- Jean Racine

Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
- Don Marquis

For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends
to preserve and improve the species:
in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
- Erwin Schrodinger

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue.
You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure
of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
- Evelyn Waugh

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue.
Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
- William Hazlitt

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards.
There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge.
- James Thurber

You can't have virtue without sin.
What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined
by how they operate in a very sinful environment.
That's how you test people.
- Frank Miller

Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Where the roots of private virtue are diseased,
the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.
- Felix Adler

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

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness;
he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious,
and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Joseph Addison

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic
of its civilization creates,
educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter

The weapon of the Republic is terror,
and virtue is its strength.
- Georg Buchner

All sympathy not consistent with acknowledged virtue
is but disguised selfishness.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

It is the hour to be drunken!
to escape being the martyred slaves of time,
be ceaselessly drunk.
On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire

Modesty is the color of virtue.
- Diogenes of Sinope

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

Tolerance is a very dull virtue.
It is boring.
Unlike love, it has always had a bad press.
It is negative.
It merely means putting up with people,
being able to stand things.
- E. M. Forster

Were there no desire there would be no virtue,
and because one man desires what another does not,
who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?
- Edgar Rice Burroghs

The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter,
while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
- Quintilian

The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
- F. H. Bradley

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue.
It's a spiritual dissipation.
- Margaret Deland

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

To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them,
is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
- William Hazlitt

The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own,
and God willingly favors such a confidence.
- Michel de Montaigne

A tragic situation exists precisely when virtue does
not triumph but when it is still felt that man is nobler
than the forces which destroy him.
- George Orwell

It is time to get drunk!
So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time,
get drunk; get drunk without stopping!
On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire

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


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