Virtue Quotes

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God gives to every man virtue, temper, and understanding.
William Coope

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
Nikola Tesla
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.
Socrates
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.
Voltaire

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
Virtue extends our days he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis
Will it not be felt that Virtue, however beautiful, becomes the worst of all attitudes when it is found too feeble to contend with Vice...
Marquis de Sade, Justine
True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
Whitheead
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
A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
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
If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had.
I. F. Stone
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwate
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.
Confucius
If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had.
I. F. Stone
Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
Ambrose Bierce
Rather do what is nothing in the purpose than to be idle, that the devil may find thee doing. The bird that sits is easily shot when the fliers escape the fowler. Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and is the self - Made sepulcher of a living man.
Francis Quarles
There is no being of any race who, if he finds the proper guide, cannot attain to virtue.
Cicero
Morality, taken as apart from religion, is but another name for decency in sin. It is just that negative species of virtue which consists in not doing what is scandalously depraved and wicked. But there is no heart of holy principle in it, any more than there is in the grosser sin.
Horace Bushnell
Blushing is the color of virtue.
Laertius Diogenes
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
Silence is the virtue of fools.
Sir Francis Bacon
No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
C. C. Colton
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
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Oscar Wilde
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
Voltaire
Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
George Washington
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
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
Mark Twain
Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.
William Butler Yeats
What is virtue but the trades unionism of the married.
George Bernard Shaw
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
Pity is the virtue of the law, and none but tyrants use it cruelly.
William Shakespeare
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
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.
Aristotle
We should every night call ourselves to an account; What infirmity have I mastered today? What passions opposed? What temptation resisted? What virtue acquired? Our vices will abort of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
Seneca