Virtue Quotes

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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

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

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

There is no virtue in the relationship between man and dog that does not originate in the dog
Robert Brault

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
Francis Bacon

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

Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.
Edward Gibbon

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Maya Angelou

Anger is a noble infirmity; the generous failing of the just; the one degree that riseth above zeal, asserting the prerogative of virtue.
Paul Tillich

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

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
Aristotle

Modesty is the lowest of the virtues, and is a real confession of the deficiency it indicates. He who undervalues himself is justly undervalued by others.
William Hazlitt

The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words
Hippocrates

One path alone leads to a life of peace: The path of virtue.
Juvenal

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
Brooks Anderson

Ambition, in a private man is a vice, Is in a prince the virtue (The Bashful Lover)
Philip Massinger

Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
Edgar Watson Howe

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

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

Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Francis Bacon

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

There are two differing approaches and they have different virtues, the method of talent management and recruitment.
John Gibbons

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

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

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

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Ouida

In marriage do thou be wise; prefer the person before money; virtue before beauty; the mind before the body.
William Penn

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction.
Adlai Stevenson

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

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

The three chief virtues of a programmer are: Laziness, Impatience and Hubris.
Larry Wall

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Plutarch

Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.
Karl Marx

Virtue is the roughest way, but proves at night a bed of down
Sir Henry Wotton

Actions receive their tincture from the times,
And as they change are virtues made or crimes (A Hymn to the Pillory)
Daniel Defoe

Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
Tacitus

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Voltaire

Though a hundred crooked paths may conduct to a temporary success, the one plain and straight path of public and private virtue can alone lead to a pure and lasting fame and the blessings of posterity
Edward Everett

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

Human freedom is realised in the adoption of humanity as an end in itself, for the one thing that no-one can be compelled to do by another is to adopt a particular end. - 'Metaphysical Principles of Virtue'
Imannuel Kant

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

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

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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



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