Virtue Quotes

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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
W B Yeats

Affliction is the school in which great virtues are acquired, in which great characters are formed.
Hannah More

One of the most subtle pieces of propaganda around in the cause of sense, humility and virtue [on The Simpsons]
Rowan Williams

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite. Like truth and justice it lives within us; like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
George Bancroft

Though ambition in itself is a vice, it often is also the parent of virtue.
Hosea Ballou

A "just war" is hospitable to every self-deception on the part of those waging it, none more than the certainty of virtue, under whose shelter every abomination can be committed with a clear conscience.
Alexander Cockburn

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue, and does not admit of assumptions of superiority
Mencius

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you never committed and when you're older you begin to get credit for virtues you never possessed. It evens itself out.
Casey Stengel

Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
Frank Zappa

Virtue alone has majesty in death.
Edward Young

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
Elizabeth Taylor

Virtue alone outbuilds the pyramids:
Her monuments shall last, when Egypt's fall
Edward Young

Vice deceives us when dressed in the garb of virtue
Juvenal

A New York divorce is in itself a diploma of virtue.
Edith Wharton

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

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

Good art however 'immoral' is wholly a thing of virtue. Good art can not be immoral. By good art I mean art that bears true witness, I mean the art that is most precise.
Ezra Pound

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
Nikola Tesla

The excessive regard of parents for their children, and their dislike of other people's is, like class feeling, patriotism, save-your-soul-ism, and other virtues, a mean exclusiveness at bottom.
Thomas Hardy

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon

Virtues are acquired through endeavour, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
Nagarjuna

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
Marcus Aurelius

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.
Lyman Abbott

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

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater

The virtue of dress rehearsals is that they are a free show for a select group of artists and friends of the author, and where for one unique evening the audience is almost expurgated of idiots.
Alfred Jarry

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
Lord Byron

No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles
Patrick Henry

And there's one rare strange virtue in their speeches,
The secret of their mastery - they are short.
Fitz-Greene Halleck

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

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 virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
Galbraith

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Ouida

Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Quintilian

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues
Giuseppe Mazzini

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Rene Descartes

Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
Aristotle

A noble birth and fortune, though they make not a bad man good, yet they are a real advantage to a worthy one and place his virtues in a fairer light
George Lillo

Virtues neglected then, adored become, And graces slighted, blossom on the tomb. (The Borough)
George Crabbe

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

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
Aristotle

Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.
Christopher Fry

If you can walk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
(Rewards and Fairies 1910, 'If-')
Rudyard Kipling

I don't like people who have never fallen or stumbled. Their virtue is lifeless and it isn't of much value. Life hasn't revealed its beauty to them.
Boris Pasternak

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue
Duc De La Rochefoucauld

The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarcely worth the sentinel
Oliver Goldsmith

Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.
John Milton



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