Virtue Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Virtue

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People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.
~By Elizabeth Gaskell ~


Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.
~By John Herschel ~


There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.
~By Thomas Jefferson ~


Strength was the virtue of paganism; obedience is the virtue of Christianity.
~By David Hare ~


Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.
~By Ambrose Bierce ~


The war was a mirror; it reflected man's every virtue and every vice, and if you looked closely, like an artist at his drawings, it showed up both with unusual clarity.
~By George Grosz ~


Each must in virtue strive for to excel; That man lives twice that lives the first life well.
~By Robert Herrick ~


A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
~By Ruth Benedict ~


Self criticism must be my guide to action, and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue, only a procedure.
~By Kingsley Amis ~


It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.
~By Elizabeth I ~


There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.
~By Chanakya ~


You can't have virtue without sin. What I'm after is having my characters' virtues defined by how they operate in a very sinful environment. That's how you test people.
~By Frank Miller ~


Wisdom alone is true ambition's aim, wisdom the source of virtue, and of fame, obtained with labour, for mankind employed, and then, when most you share it, best enjoyed.
~By William Whitehead ~


The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
~By Confucius ~


No one can be saved - in virtue of what he can do. Everyone can be saved - in virtue of what God can do.
~By Karl Barth ~


And what does reward virtue? You think the communist commissar rewards virtue? You think a Hitler rewards virtue? You think, excuse me, if you'll pardon me, American presidents reward virtue? Do they choose their appointees on the basis of the virtue of the people appointed or on the basis of their political clout?
~By Milton Friedman ~


What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.
~By Voltaire ~


Again, it may be said, that to love justice and equality the people need no great effort of virtue; it is sufficient that they love themselves.
~By Maximilien Robespierre ~


Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue.
~By Lawrence G. Lovasik ~


In my own case, who have spent my whole life in the practice of virtue, right conduct from habitual has become natural.
~By Sallust ~


The Menzies Government, by its participation in the plans for the development of other nations, can see the virtue of planning for them but apparently cannot see the virtue of a plan for Australia.
~By Lionel K. Murphy ~


Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself.
~By Mark Rutherford ~


To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
~By Confucius ~


Popularity is a crime from the moment it is sought; it is only a virtue where men have it whether they will or no.
~By George Savile ~


I'm just an actor, but if the extra part of it is that I'm helping people or people are being helped by the virtue of what we're doing, then that's just a really nice added extra.
~By Christopher Meloni ~


Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.
~By John Kenneth Galbraith ~


Justice is rather the activity of truth, than a virtue in itself. Truth tells us what is due to others, and justice renders that due. Injustice is acting a lie.
~By Horace Walpole ~


True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.
~By Alfred North Whitehead ~


One of the great virtues, apart from the pleasure of performing these works, is that it's opened up an entirely new, expansive repertoire of American Jewish music.
~By Neville Marriner ~


I always admired virtue - but I could never imitate it.
~By Charles II ~


Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.
~By Christopher Marlowe ~


Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.
~By Saint Francis de Sales ~


Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.
~By Edgar Watson Howe ~


We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.
~By Marcus Tullius Cicero ~


Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues.
~By F. Scott Fitzgerald ~


If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.
~By Moliere ~


The sciences have ever been the surest guides to virtue.
~By Frances Wright ~


No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.
~By Ovid ~


To say of shame - what is it? Of virtue - we can miss it; Of sin-we can kiss it, And it's no longer sin.
~By Algernon Charles Swinburne ~


Dr. Johnson has said that the chief glory of a country arises from its authors. But then that is only as they are oracles of wisdom; unless they teach virtue, they are more worthy of a halter than of the laurel.
~By Jane Porter ~


Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
~By Joseph Addison ~


To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind - this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.
~By Henry Van Dyke ~


God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue.
~By William Law ~


The virtues are lost in self-interest as rivers are lost in the sea.
~By Franklin D. Roosevelt ~


Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


Here, again, as I conceive, gentlemen forget that this government is a republican one, resting exclusively in the intelligence and virtue of the People.
~By Caleb Cushing ~


Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.
~By William Shakespeare ~


Every vice was once a virtue, and may become respectable again, just as hatred becomes respectable in wartime.
~By Will Durant ~


Faith is the sense of life, that sense by virtue of which man does not destroy himself, but continues to live on. It is the force whereby we live.
~By Leo Tolstoy ~


Christian virtues unite men. Racism separates them.
~By Sargent Shriver ~


Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
~By Marcus Tullius Cicero ~


Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
~By Lord Chesterfield ~


The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
~By Winston Churchill ~


Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
~By Joseph Addison ~


Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues.
~By Napoleon Bonaparte ~


Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.
~By Margaret Deland ~


Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
~By Victor Hugo ~


Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
~By Lord Byron ~


Bodies which contain a greater proportion of water than is necessary to balance the other elements, are speedily corrupted, and lose their virtues and properties.
~By Marcus V. Pollio ~


A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.
~By Rudolf Steiner ~


In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue - is hypocrisy.
~By Lord Byron ~


Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character.
~By Baruch Spinoza ~


If the highest things are unknowable, then the highest capacity or virtue of man cannot be theoretical wisdom.
~By Leo Strauss ~


Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.
~By Evelyn Waugh ~


Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
~By Gilbert K. Chesterton ~


We have forgotten that we have not come to an empty land to inherit it, but we have come to conquer a country from people inhabiting it, that governs it by the virtue of its language and savage culture.
~By Moshe Sharett ~


An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.
~By Walter Bagehot ~


It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
~By Charles Baudelaire ~


Competition is such a virtue, and everybody's so busy competing, they have no time for compassion.
~By Major Owens ~


My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I've sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there's no virtue in that; it's the way one is raised.
~By Colin Firth ~


Those who have virtue always in their mouths, and neglect it in practice, are like a harp, which emits a sound pleasing to others, while itself is insensible of the music.
~By Diogenes ~


People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm.
~By Denis Diderot ~


With respect to the first of these obstacles, it has often been made a matter of grave complaint against Political Economists, that they confine their attention to Wealth, and disregard all consideration of Happiness or Virtue.
~By Nassau William Senior ~


Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
~By Victor Hugo ~


Virtue could see to do what Virtue would by her own radiant light, though sun and moon where in the flat sea sunk.
~By John Milton ~


Modesty seldom resides in a breast that is not enriched with nobler virtues.
~By Oliver Goldsmith ~


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.
~By Aristotle ~


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.
~By Harriet Beecher Stowe ~


Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
~By Natalie Clifford Barney ~


Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.
~By Marcus Tullius Cicero ~


Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues.
~By Thomas Hobbes ~


For a solitary animal egoism is a virtue that tends to preserve and improve the species: in any kind of community it becomes a destructive vice.
~By Erwin Schrodinger ~


The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
~By Anatole France ~


All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
~By John Adams ~


The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.
~By Imre Lakatos ~


Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.
~By Ambrose Bierce ~


A country cannot subsist well without liberty, nor liberty without virtue.
~By Daniel Webster ~


What other nations call religious toleration, we call religious rights. They are not exercised in virtue of governmental indulgence, but as rights, of which government cannot deprive any portion of citizens, however small.
~By Richard Mentor Johnson ~


Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
~By George Farquhar ~


Virtues, like essences, lose their fragrance when exposed.
~By William Shenstone ~


Virtue is insufficient temptation.
~By George Bernard Shaw ~


To think ill of mankind and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.
~By William Hazlitt ~


Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.
~By Ninon de Lenclos ~


Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
~By Lyman Abbott ~


Kings are more prone to mistrust the good than the bad; and they are always afraid of the virtues of others.
~By Sallust ~


There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or to be acted out under the guise of virtue.
~By Erich Fromm ~


No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
~By Bertrand Russell ~


Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved.
~By Aristotle ~


I didn't get into acting to be a public service announcer or an advocate and yet, by virtue of this show and how we handle the subject matter that we've been given, that's kind of how it's evolved in certain ways.
~By Christopher Meloni ~

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