Virtue Quotes And Sayings

Quotes And Sayings About Virtue

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This idea of selfishness as a virtue, as opposed to generosity: That, to me, is unnatural.
~By Jessica Lange ~


It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
~By Anatole France ~


The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
~By Samuel Richardson ~


There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.
~By William Hazlitt ~


Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


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 ~


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


Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
~By Anatole France ~


In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.
~By J. M. Coetzee ~


The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.
~By Plato ~


True valor, on virtue founded strong, meets all events alike.
~By David Mallet ~


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


Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.
~By R. Buckminster Fuller ~


Perfection of moral virtue does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.
~By Thomas Aquinas ~


Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.
~By Quentin Crisp ~


The mind is exercised by the variety and multiplicity of the subject matter, while the character is moulded by the contemplation of virtue and vice.
~By Quintilian ~


Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it.
~By Harriet Martineau ~


Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.
~By William Shakespeare ~


In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.
~By Samuel Butler ~


There may be a hundred thousand men in an army, who are all equally free; but they only are naturally most fit to be commanders or leaders, who most excel in the virtues required for the right performance of those offices.
~By Algernon Sydney ~


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.
~By John Dryden ~


The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.
~By Stephen Vizinczey ~


Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.
~By Marcus Tullius Cicero ~


The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
~By Aristotle ~


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


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


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 ~


For psychological purposes the most important differences in conation are those in virtue of which the object is revealed as sensed or perceived or imaged or remembered or thought.
~By Samuel Alexander ~


So what I do now is to pre-empt that by making the up into a virtue, and telling funny stories about how crap I am before people have a chance to notice it for themselves and think maybe I haven't realised.
~By Emily Mortimer ~


The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
~By F. H. Bradley ~


Tenderness is a virtue.
~By Oliver Goldsmith ~


Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
~By Francois Rabelais ~


Old age adds to the respect due to virtue, but it takes nothing from the contempt inspired by vice; it whitens only the hair.
~By Ira Gershwin ~


So much of our lives is given over to the consideration of our imperfections that there is no time to improve our imaginary virtues. The truth is we only perfect our vices, and man is a worse creature when he dies than he was when he was born.
~By Edward Dahlberg ~


What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
~By Aristotle ~


The whole mystery of temptation is to have sins suggested to us, and to be swept after them by a sudden enthusiasm, which sometimes feels as strong as the Spirit of God ever made in us the enthusiasm for virtue.
~By George A. Smith ~


Let them call it mischief: When it is past and prospered t'will be virtue.
~By Ben Jonson ~


Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
~By Honore de Balzac ~


Prosperity is the measure or touchstone of virtue, for it is less difficult to bear misfortune than to remain uncorrupted by pleasure.
~By Tacitus ~


We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.
~By Francois de La Rochefoucauld ~


The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
~By Marcel Achard ~


There are some faults so nearly allied to excellence that we can scarce weed out the vice without eradicating the virtue.
~By Oliver Goldsmith ~


What can everyone do? Praise and blame. This is human virtue, this is human madness.
~By Friedrich Nietzsche ~


Who sows virtue reaps honor.
~By Leonardo da Vinci ~


Industry, economy, honesty, and kindness form a quartet of virtues that will never be improved upon.
~By James Oliver ~


Common tyrants, and public oppressors, are not intitled to obedience from their subjects, by virtue of any thing here laid down by the inspired apostle.
~By Jonathan Mayhew ~


What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.
~By Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton ~


Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.
~By Samuel Butler ~


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


Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.
~By Don Marquis ~


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


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


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


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


Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.
~By Denis Diderot ~


Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
~By Euripides ~


Unless the reformer can invent something which substitutes attractive virtues for attractive vices, he will fail.
~By Walter Lippmann ~


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


Independence I have long considered as the grand blessing of life, the basis of every virtue; and independence I will ever secure by contracting my wants, though I were to live on a barren heath.
~By Mary Wollstonecraft ~


Wisdom and penetration are the fruit of experience, not the lessons of retirement and leisure. Great necessities call out great virtues.
~By Abigail Adams ~


The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals.
~By Jonathan Lethem ~


Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.
~By Virgil ~


God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
~By Saint Teresa of Avila ~


Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.
~By Francis Bacon ~


Women are degraded by the propensity to enjoy the present moment, and, at last, despise the freedom which they have not sufficient virtue to struggle to attain.
~By Mary Wollstonecraft ~


All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
~By Edmund Burke ~


Were there no desire there would be no virtue, and because one man desires what another does not, who shall say whether the child of his desire be Vice or Virtue?
~By Edgar Rice Burroghs ~


Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.
~By Frank Zappa ~


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 ~


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


If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established.
~By Algernon Sidney ~


Solitude can be used well by very few people. They who do must have a knowledge of the world to see the foolishness of it, and enough virtue to despise all the vanity.
~By Abraham Cowley ~


Exaggerated self-importance is deemed an individual fault, but a racial virtue.
~By Kelly Millar ~


Virtue is reason which has become energy.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.
~By David Mallet ~


But what has America to boast? What are the graces or the virtues which distinguish its inhabitants? What are their triumphs in war, or their inventions in peace?
~By Thomas Day ~


The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.
~By Sallust ~


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


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 abate of themselves if they be brought every day to the shrift.
~By Lucius Annaeus Seneca ~


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


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 ~


Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
~By William Shakespeare ~


I have the same sense of the power and virtue of knowledge that some people get from a religious background.
~By Walter Gilbert ~


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 ~


Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.
~By Michel de Montaigne ~


Every complete man has his genius. True virtue is genius.
~By Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel ~


I became startled by the extraordinary difference between something whose surface is completely invisible which only makes itself present by virtue of what it reflects, and a window, which doesn't make itself apparent at all, in the ideal case.
~By Jonathan Miller ~


Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
~By George Bernard Shaw ~


Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
~By Charles Dickens ~


Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
~By Ludwig van Beethoven ~


Virtues are acquired through endeavor, which rests wholly upon yourself.
~By Sidney Lanier ~


Virtue she finds too painful an endeavour, content to dwell in decencies for ever.
~By Alexander Pope ~


Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
~By Sydney Smith ~


The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
~By Jawaharlal Nehru ~


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


A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice- but as yet unstained.
~By Lyman Abbott ~


A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
~By Plutarch ~


He that is good, will infallibly become better, and he that is bad, will as certainly become worse; for vice, virtue and time are three things that never stand still.
~By Charles Caleb Colton ~


Anyone entrusted with power will abuse it if not also animated with the love of truth and virtue, no matter whether he be a prince, or one of the people.
~By Jean de La Fontaine ~

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