Virtue Quotes

Marcus aurelius, meditations - book eleven - virtue they will but abuse, and taunt her with...
We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.
Alex Comfort

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Cicero
There are very few women in society whose virtue outlasts their beauty.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld, Reflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Frederick sherwood dunn - virtue does not always demand a heavy sacrifice...
Let this be an example for the acquisition of all knowledge, virtue, and riches. By the fall of drops of water, by degrees, a pot is filled.
The Hitopadesa

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues.
Rene Descartes
There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
Thomas Jefferson
Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
John Kenneth Galbraith
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
Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
George Bernard Shaw
Joseph addison - ridicule is generally made use of to laugh men...
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
In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue.
Cornelius Tacitus
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues.
Quintilian
Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.
William Shakespeare
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Aristotle
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 determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.
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
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.
Sir Francis Bacon, Of Adversity
Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind.
Matthew Prio
We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a great distance, not by virtue of any sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Bernard of Chartres, 12th Century
To flee vice is the beginning of virtue, and to have got rid of folly is the beginning of wisdom.
Horace, Epistles
Modesty and unselfishness - - These are the virtues which men praise - - And pass by.
Andr Maurois
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
Mark Twain
No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.
Sir J. R. Seeley
There is no virtue in being uncritical nor is it a habit to which the young are given. But criticism is only the burying beetle that gets rid of what is dead, and, since the world lives by creative and constructive forces, and not by negation and destruction, it is better to grow up in the company of prophets than of critics.
Richard Livingstone
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
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
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire
Jenny replied to this with a bitterness which might have surprized a judicious person, who had observed the tranquillity with which she bore all the affronts to her chastity; but her patience was perhaps tired out, for this is a virtue which is very apt to be fatigued by exercise.
Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine
Good company and good discourse are the very sinews of virtue.
Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler, 1653
If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
Samuel Butle
Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it...
Aristotle
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire