Virtue Quotes

Thomas hobbes, quoted from
If thou desire to purchase honor with thy wealth, consider first how that wealth became thine; if thy labor got it, let thy wisdom keep it; if oppression found it, let repentance restore it; if thy parent left it, let thy virtues deserve it; so shall thy honor be safer, better and cheaper.
Francis Quarles

Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
William Shakespeare
A good inclination is but the first rude draught of virtue, but the finishing strokes are from the will, which, if well disposed, will by degrees perfect it, as if all disposed will quickly deface it.
George bernard shaw - the love of money is the root of all virtue....
The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, is to understand things by intuition.
Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics

Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, use that something to support their own existence.
Frank Zappa
From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought.
Victor Hugo
Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Joseph Addison
Virtue they will but abuse, and taunt her with bitter revilling.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations - Book Eleven
The very spring and root of honesty and virtue lie in good education.
Plutarch, Morals
To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
William Hazlitt
Cicero - gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,...
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist.
Diogenes Laertius, Zeno
Man cannot be uplifted he must be seduced into virtue.
Don Marquis
Virtue is indeed its own reward.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
Greek Prove
I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, 1653
A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.
Robert Hall
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference.
Men have been taught that it is a virtue to agree with others. But the creator is the man who disagrees. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to swim with the current. But the creator is the man who goes against the current. Men have been taught that it is a virtue to stand together. But the creator is the man who stands alone.
Ayn Rand
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
John Dryden, Imitation of Horace
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
That man is good who does good to others if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further it is heroic, it is perfect.
La Bruyere
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln
Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Rene Descartes
The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings. The inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.
Virtue can only flourish among equals.
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
Clare Booth Luce
Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
William Shakespeare
Certainly virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed, or crushed: for prosperity doth best discover vice, but adversity doth best discover virtue.
Sir Francis Bacon
And be on they guard against the good and the just They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue - - They hate the lonesome ones.
Friedrich Nietzsche
Consider your origin you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Dante Alighieri
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 Antoninus
Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
Henry Kissinge