Virtue Quotes

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

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

Whither the fates lead virtue will follow without fear
Lucanus

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

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

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder
George Washington

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

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

I would remind you that extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!
Barry Goldwater

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

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

People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
Elizabeth Gaskell

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

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

The evils we experience flow from the excess of democracy. The people do not want virtue, but are dupes of pretended patriots.
Elbridge Gerry

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.
J A Schumpeter

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

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

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
Edward Bulwer-Lytton

If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue. [Thus speaks the great philosopher]
Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

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

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

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

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
Nikola Tesla

Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
Marguerite De Valois

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

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

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

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

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

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

What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone
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

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

Leave those vain moralists, my friend, and return to the depth of your soul: that is where you will always rediscover the source of the sacred fire which so often inflamed us with love of the sublime virtues; that is where you will see the eternal image of true beauty, the contemplation of which inspires us with a holy enthusiasm. (La Nouvelle Heloise)
Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

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



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