Virtue Quotes

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Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Aristotle

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

Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Ouida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
Indira Gandhi

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
Aristotle

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
Plutarch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frugality is the mother of all virtues.
Justinian

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

So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.
Edward Dahlberg

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

True virtue is life under the direction of reason.
Benedict Spinoza

There are nine orders of angels, to wit, angels, archangels, virtues, powers, principalities, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim
Billy Graham

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



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