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Virtue Quotes

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

Related topics: Values Wisdom Live-By

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

There is a good ear, in some men,
that draws supplies to virtue
out of very indifferent nutriment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There's a point... when you have to choose
whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life,
or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

 

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

To realize that you do not understand is a virtue;
Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect.
- Lao Tzu

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable
who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison

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When virtue is lost, benevolence appears,
when benevolence is lost right conduct appears,
when right conduct is lost, expedience appears.
Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth;
it is the beginning of disorder.
- Lao Tzu

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.
- Anatole France

The only reward of virtue is virtue;
the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you doubt the virtue in self-honor,
remember what the flight attendant says,
"Put your own oxygen mask on first."
You are of no use to anyone else
if you have not taken care of your own needs first -
this includes your own emotional,
as well as physical, well-being.
In addition, your greatest value to your children,
your family, your friends, and your community
is the example you set, leading a great life that inspires
those around you to emulate your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge
on their children rather than virtue,
the art of speaking well rather than doing well;
but their manners should be of the greatest concern.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What is man's ultimate direction in life? It is to look for love,
truth, virtue, and beauty.
- Shinichi Suzuki

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer
silent vice to ostentatious virtue.
- Albert Einstein

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue,
a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence,
confidence, justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

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

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
- David Starr Jordan

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

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.
- Ayn Rand

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

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked
than it is loved by the good.
- The Buddha

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

I design for real people.
I think of our customers all the time.
There is no virtue whatsoever in creating clothing
or accessories that are not practical.
- Giorgio Armani

When virtue and modesty enlighten her charms,
the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven,
and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
- Akhenaton

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!
And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

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

I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue.
- Moliere

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue,
gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.
- Benito Mussolini

According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive,
a sentiment and even an intoxication.
- Irving Babbitt

Beauty is but the sensible image of the Infinite.
Like truth and justice it lives within us;
like virtue and the moral law it is a companion of the soul.
- George Bancroft

Genius and virtue are to be more often found clothed
in gray than in peacock bright.
- Van Wyck Brooks

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.
- Alphonse Karr

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.
- Theodore Hesburgh

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.
- Abraham Cowley

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.
- Charles Caleb Colton

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

Extol Jewish virtue, modern Zionism and the Israeli Defense Forces.
- Geraldo Rivera

Tenderness is a virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God,
we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.
- William Ames

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

Moderation in temper is always a virtue;
but moderation in principle is always a vice.
- Thomas Paine

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function.
You are happy when you are functioning.
- William Burroughs

My whole mood or sense can change by virtue of the
music that I'm listening to.
It really does affect me on a visceral and emotional level.
- Kiefer Sutherland

Who hath not known ill fortune, never knew himself,
or his own virtue.
- David Mallet

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.
- Samuel Butler

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

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
- Barry Goldwater

When we think of the ideal, we do not add virtue to virtue,
but think of Jesus Christ, so that the standard of
human life is no longer a code,
but a character.
- E. Stanley Jones

I conclude that it is a fundamental mistake to think that salvation,
justice, or virtue come through merely human institutions.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence,
in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there
cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
- Saint Augustine

Power confuses itself with virtue and tends also to
take itself for omnipotence.
- J. William Fulbright

The advantages found in history seem to be of three kinds,
as it amuses the fancy, as it improves the understanding,
and as it strengthens virtue.
- David Hume

In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely,
and without passport; whereas Virtue,
if a pauper, is stopped at all frontiers.
- Herman Melville

Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards.
There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge.
- James Thurber

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy,
not gold.
- Ludwig van Beethoven

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

People who are in a fortunate position always attribute
virtue to what makes them so happy.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Good art however "immoral" is wholly a thing of virtue.
Good art can NOT be immoral.
By good art I mean art that bears true witness,
I mean the art that is most precise.
- Ezra Pound

Vice stirs up war, virtue fights.
- Marquis De Vauvenargues

Often devotion to virtue arises from sated desire.
- Adela Florence Nicolson

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.
- Chanakya

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

Honor is the reward of virtue.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero


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