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Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
by Sidney Lanier

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

Related topics: Wisdom

If you want to be found stand where the seeker seeks.
- Sidney Lanier

Music is love in search of a word.
- Sidney Lanier

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

 

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.
- Clare Boothe Luce

Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices.
- Benjamin Franklin

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues
have never been discovered.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One can never speak enough of the virtues,
the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
- Francoise Sagan

The home is the chief school of human virtues.
- William Ellery Channing

Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues:
always insist on it in your subordinates.
- Don Marquis

He has all of the virtues I dislike,
and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill

It has been my experience that folks who
have no vices, have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln

When women love us, they forgive us everything,
even our crimes; when they do not love us,
they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
- Honore de Balzac

We need a type of patriotism that recognizes the virtues
of those who are opposed to us.
- Francis John McConnell

Modesty and unselfishness - these are the virtues which men praise -
and pass by.
- Andre Maurois

Not to be cheered by praise, not to be grieved by blame,
but to know thoroughly one's own virtues or powers
are the characteristics of an excellent man.
- Satchel Paige

Great necessities call out great virtues.
- Abigail Adams

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues;
capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

Negroes are human beings with exactly the same faults
and virtues as members of the other races.
- Ethel Waters

Tact is one of the first mental virtues,
the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.
- William Gilmore Simms

Our virtues and our failings are inseparable,
like force and matter.
When they separate, man is no more.
- Nikola Tesla

It is always one's virtues and not one's vices that
precipitate one into disaster.
- Rebecca West

Idleness is the beginning of all vice,
the crown of all virtues.
- Franz Kafka

If you wish to be loved, show more of your faults than your virtues.
- Robert Bulwer-Lytton

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.
- Neville Marriner

Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.
- Thomas Moore

One of the virtues of being very young is that you
don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
- Sam Levenson

The problem with people who have no vices is that generally
you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.
- Elizabeth Taylor

Washington's character was rock solid.
He came to stand for the new nation and its republican virtues,
which was why he became our first President by unanimous choice.
- Stephen Ambrose

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

Crimes, like virtues, are their own rewards.
- George Farquhar

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

Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors,
than from his virtues.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Even a pacifist should admire the military virtues.
- John Keegan

Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
- Joseph Addison

The virtues of science are skepticism and independence of thought.
- Walter Gilbert

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

There is no substitute for talent.
Industry and all its virtues are of no avail.
- Aldous Huxley

Solitude cherishes great virtues and destroys little ones.
- Sydney Smith

Chinese culture has a lot of virtues that are tremendously
valuable to not only us as Asian-Americans,
but also the world in general.
- Martin Yan

It is in our faults and failings, not in our virtues,
that we touch each other, and find sympathy.
It is in our follies that we are one.
- Jerome K. Jerome

Courage is not simply one of the virtues,
but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
- C. S. Lewis

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
- Kong Fu Zi

Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!
- Charles Dickens

Success makes men rigid and they tend to exalt stability
over all the other virtues;
tired of the effort of willing they become fanatics about conservatism.
- Walter Lippmann

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

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

We are far more liable to catch the vices than the
virtues of our associates.
- Denis Diderot

No one of this nation ever begs, for the houses of all are common to all;
and they consider liberality and hospitality amongst the first virtues.
- Giraldus Cambrensis

When you are younger you get blamed for crimes you
never committed and when you're older you begin to
get credit for virtues you never possessed.
It evens itself out.
- Casey Stengel

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.
- Frank Miller

Teach you children poetry; it opens the mind,
lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
- Walter Scott

Moderation is the silken string running through the
pearl chain of all virtues.
- Joseph Hall

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

Christian virtues unite men.
Racism separates them.
- Sargent Shriver

The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth,
keep nature in subjection.
- Guillaume Apollinaire

The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices
as well as of the greatest virtues.
- Rene Descartes

Britain, which in the years immediately before this
war was rapidly losing such democratic virtues as it possessed,
is now being bombed and burned into democracy.
- J. B. Priestley

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

Virtues are acquired through endeavor,
Which rests wholly upon yourself.
So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
- Thomas Paine

Manners are like the shadows of virtues,
they are the momentary display of those qualities which
our fellow creatures love and respect.
- Sydney Smith

Of all virtues and dignities of the mind,
goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity;
and without it,
man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
- Francis Bacon

In every age poets and social reformers have tried
to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler
life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
- Alfred Marshall

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

A few vices are sufficient to darken many virtues.
- Plutarch

My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work.
But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another.
- Sargent Shriver

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.
- Marcus V. Pollio

So, to praise others for their virtues can but encourage one's own efforts.
- Nagarjuna

Conquest is the missionary of valor,
and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
- Walter Bagehot


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