Virtue Quotes

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As threshing separates the wheat from the chaff, so does affliction purify virtue.
Christian Nestell Bovee

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

I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice
Montaigne

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

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

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

My general thesis was that Lust should be shifted from the category of Sin to that of Virtue. [on giving a lecture on Lust, one of the Seven Deadly Sins]
Simon Blackburn

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

To be good and disagreeable is high treason against the royalty of virtue
Hannah More

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

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

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

There is no virtue can be sooner missed or later welcomed; it begins the rest, and sets them all in order
Thomas Middleton

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Anatole France

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

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

I cannot love anyone if I hate myself. That is the reason why we feel so extremely uncomfortable in the presence of people who are noted for their special virtuousness, for they radiate an atmosphere of the torture they inflict on themselves. That is not a virtue but a vice.
Carl Gustav Jung

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

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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

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

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

We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Jean Paul Richter

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

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

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

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

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

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke

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

Virtue alone has majesty in death.
Edward Young

Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.
Bishop Jeremy Taylor

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.
Quintilian

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.
Ludwig Van Beethoven

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

One of the vices of the virtue of decentralization is that people don't share ideas.
Dorothy Nevill

We are apt to mistake our vocation by looking out of the way for occasions to exercise great and rare virtues, and by stepping over the ordinary ones that lie directly in the road before us
Hannah More

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

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.
Sir Thomas Browne

Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue
Izaak Walton

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

Blushing is the colour of virtue
Matthew Henry

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



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