Virtue Quotes

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

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

Confidence in another man's virtue is no slight evidence of a man's own
Montaigne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

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

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

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

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

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

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
Benedict Spinoza

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

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

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 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

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

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

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
Galbraith

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

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

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

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

If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

It is queer how it is always one's virtues and not one's vices that precipitate one into disaster.
Rebecca West

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

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
R S Surtees

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

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

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

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

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

Silence is the virtue of fools.
Francis Bacon

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

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

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

There is in us more of the appearance of sense and virtue than of the reality.
Marguerite De Valois

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

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



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