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Virtue Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Virtue

Please enjoy these Virtue Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

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

Related topics: Values Wisdom Live-By

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

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

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

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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Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

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

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

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 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

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Virtue alone has majesty in death.
- Edward Young

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless
power without abusing it.
- Thomas Babington

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed
in gray than in peacock bright.
- Van Wyck Brooks

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

Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces.
- Geraldo Rivera

Ambition, in a private man is a vice,
is in a prince the virtue.
- Philip Massinger

Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us.
- Benjamin Rush

Solitude can be used well by very few people.
They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it,
and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
- Abraham Cowley

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

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

In choosing a hypothesis there is no virtue in being timid.
I clearly would have been burned at the stake in another age.
- Thomas Gold

The rewards of virtue alone abide secure.
- Sophocles

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

Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend;
to owe is a heroic virtue.
- Francois Rabelais

Exaggerated self-importance is deemed an individual fault,
but a racial virtue.
- Kelly Millar

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue;
courage is only the second virtue.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

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

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune;
for they are impediments to great enterprises,
either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon

People who are in a fortunate position always attribute
virtue to what makes them so happy.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Real genius is nothing else but the supernatural virtue
of humility in the domain of thought.
- Simone Weil

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function.
You are happy when you are functioning.
- William Burroughs

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have
always to combat with ourselves.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth.
- Nicolas de Chamfort

Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office.
- Mae West

I am a very conscientious golfer.
I count every stroke.
I learned to play that way.
That is the only way I can play.
It taught me to be honest.
There is no greater virtue than honesty.
- Martin Sheen

In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue -
is hypocrisy.
- Lord Byron

Silence is the virtue of fools.
- Francis Bacon

Common tyrants, and public oppressors,
are not intitled to obedience from their subjects,
by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Accuracy is to a newspaper what virtue is to a lady,
but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
- Charles Revson

Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
- Adam Smith

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Good government is the outcome of private virtue.
- John Jay Chapman

Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also
animated with the love of truth and virtue,
no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
- Jean de La Fontaine

There's no credit in not doing what you don't want to do.
There's no virtue in not falling, when you're not tempted.
- Gilbert Parker

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
- John Herschel

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without
becoming a principle of evil.
- Albert Camus

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

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
- Confucius

Strength was the virtue of paganism;
obedience is the virtue of Christianity.
- David Hare

Virtue often trips and falls on the sharp-edges rock of poverty.
- Eugene Sue

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind,
and there is no happiness equal to contentment;
there is no disease like covetousness,
and no virtue like mercy.
- Chanakya

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

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue;
these five are gravity,
generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness,
and kindness.
- Confucius

Persevere in virtue and diligence.
- Titus Maccius Plautus


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