Virtue Quotes

Cicero - gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues,...
Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.
Thomas Hobbes, quoted from "Oxygen3, Panda Software
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Thomas Jefferson
Virtue herself is her own fairest reward.
Silius Italicus
Edmund burke, speech on the conciliation of america - all government - - indeed, every human benefit...
If thou desire the love of God and man, be humble, for the proud heart, as it loves none but itself, is beloved of none but itself. Humility enforces where neither virtue, nor strength, nor reason can prevail.
Francis Quarles
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
The happiness and unhappiness of the rational, social animal depends not on what he feels but on what he does just as his virtue and vice consist not in feeling but in doing.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue... They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
Confucius
Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
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
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.
Francis Bacon
Sterne - only the brave know how to forgive; it is the...
Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
Evelyn Waugh, Diaries of Evelyn Waugh (1976)
Perhaps we are wiser, less foolish and more far - Seeing than we were two hundred years ago. But we are still imperfect in all these things, and since the turn of the century it has been remarked that neither wisdom nor virtue have increased as rapidly as the need for both.
Joseph Wood Krutch
Virtue does not always demand a heavy sacrifice only the willingness to make it when necessary.
Frederick Sherwood Dunn
He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.
Benjamin Franklin
Education is not merely a means for earning a living or an instrument for the acquisition of wealth. It is an initiation into life of spirit, a training of the human soul in the pursuit of truth and the practice of virtue.
Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections. For love which hath ends, will have an end whereas that which is founded on true virtue, will always continue.
John Dryden
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
Samuel Butle
The love of money is the root of all virtue.
George Bernard Shaw
Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.
William Shakespeare
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
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Address on The Method of Nature, 1841
From the point of view of the pharmaceutical industry, the AIDS problem has already been solved. After all, we already have a drug which can be sold at the incredible price of 8, 000 an annual dose, and which has the added virtue of not diminishing the market by actually curing anyone.
Barbara Ehrenreich
Compulsion cannot produce virtue; it can only produce the outward semblance of virtue.
Dinesh D? Souza
Is virtue a thing remote I wish to be virtuous, and lo Virtue is at hand.
Confucius
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount.
Brendan Francis Behan
If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation.
Xenophon
Not to be cheered by praise, Not to be grieved by blame, But to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers Are the characteristics of an excellent man.
Saskya Pandita
Self discipline is that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.
Joseph Addison
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
Aristotle, Rhetoric
Blushing is the color of virtue.
Laertius Diogenes
Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
Mark Twain
I maintain there is much more wonder in science than in pseudoscience. And in addition, to whatever measure this term has any meaning, science has the additional virtue, and it is not an inconsiderable one, of being true.
Carl Sagan
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine, "The Rights of Man", 1792
When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.
Charles Horton Cooley
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Virtue they will but abuse, and taunt her with bitter revilling.
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations - Book Eleven
A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine