Virtue Quotes

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.
Samuel Butle
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

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
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.
South
Consider your origin; you were not born to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
William ellery channing - the home is the chief school of human virtues....

In stirring up tumult and strife, the worst men can do the most, but peace and quiet cannot be established without virtue.
Cornelius Tacitus
Plutarch, morals - the very spring and root of honesty and virtue...
Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Virtue herself is her own fairest reward.
Silius Italicus
If virtue precede us every step will be safe.
Seneca
Man cannot be uplifted he must be seduced into virtue.
Don Marquis
He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.
Benjamin Franklin
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
Blessedness is not the reward of virtue, but virtue itself; neither do we rejoice therein, because we control our lusts, but contrariwise, because we rejoice therein, we are able to control our lusts.
Baruch Spinoza, The Ethics
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
William paley - a large part of virtue consists in good habits....
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
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 proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.
Benjamin Franklin, ?
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
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Cicero
All government - - Indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act - - Is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke, Speech on the Conciliation of America
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
Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
Clare Booth Luce
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
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
Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
John Kenneth Galbraith
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln
To be really great in little things, to be truly noble and heroic in the insipid details of everyday life, is a virtue so rare as to be worthy of canonization.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Wisdom is know what to do next virtue is doing it.
David Starr Jordan
Assume a virtue, if you have it not.
William Shakespeare
Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues.
Hugh Prathe
Nature does not loathe virtue it is unaware of its existence.
Franoise Mallet - Joris
New capabilities emerge just by virtue of having smart people with access to state - Of - The - Art technology.
Robert E. Kahn
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
No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic.
Sir J. R. Seeley
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwate
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
- - Aristotle
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.
Thomas Paine