Virtue Quotes

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A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine

Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
Marguerite De Valois

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon

Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
George Bernard Shaw

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

I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
George Washington

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

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave
James Russell Lowell

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect.
Sydney Smith

When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Honore De Balzac

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

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

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

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

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

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

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

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

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
Honore De Balzac

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

Creative thinking may mean simply the realisation that there's no particular virtue in doing things the way they always have been done.
Rudolf Flesch

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

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
Max Beerbohm

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

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

Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

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

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
Adam Smith

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

Love is the expression of one's values, the greatest reward you can earn for the moral qualities you have achieved in your character and person, the emotional price paid by one man for the joy he receives from the virtues of another.
Ayn Rand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise - and pass by.
Andre Maurois

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine

The virtue lies
In the struggle, not the prize
Richard Monckton Milnes



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