Virtue Quotes

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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

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

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

What's true beauty but fair virtue's face, - virtue made visible in outward grace
Edward Young

Conquest is the missionary of valoor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
Walter Bagehot

If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

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

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln

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

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

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

While selfishness joins hands with no one of the virtues, benevolence is allied to them all
Oliver Goldsmith

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues
Giuseppe Mazzini

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

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

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

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

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

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Ouida

The characteristic virtue of Englishmen is power of sustained practical activity and their characteristic vice a reluctance to test the quality of that activity by reference to principles.
R H Tawney

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

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

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

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

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.
Alphonse Karr

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

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

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

Blushing is the colour of virtue
Matthew Henry

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

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

Life has no meaning unless one lives it with a will, at least to the limit of one's will. Virtue, good, evil are nothing but words, unless one takes them apart in order to build something with them; they do not win their true meaning until one knows how to apply them.
Paul Gauguin

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon

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

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
Sir Walter Scott

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

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

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

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

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

Vice deceives us when dressed in the garb of virtue
Juvenal

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

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

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
Saint Augustine



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