Virtue Quotes

Most popular virtue quotes

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
Virtue has never been as respectable as money.


It is easy to be virtuous in prospective.
The classical virtues are all decision-making heuristics to make one optimize for the long term rather than for the short term.
Only the young die good.
Virtue is its own reward.


Elegance is inferior to virtue.


Virtue must shape itself in deed.
Saintliness is also a temptation.


Moral virtue is the child of habit.
A bit
of virtue
will never
hurt you.
There is no road or ready way to virtue.
Virtue, thriving most where little seen.
He is ill clothed that is bare of virtue.
Woman's virtue is man's greatest invention.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
— James 4:7


Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
No virtue can be great if it is not constant.
In all circumstances, try to cultivate virtue.
Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.


Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction.
Virtue's paths are first rugged, then pleasant.


The weak may be virtuous but you may never know.
Being virtuous is no feat once temptation ceases.
— Danish proverb

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We should make virtue our master, not our servant.
Virtue, sir, consists in actions, and not in words.
Rarely do great beauty and great virtue dwell together.


All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.
The greatest offense against virtue is to speak ill of it.
The rouge of sin is often applied with virtue as a mirror.


There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

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Virtue is the music of the soul, the harmony of the passions.
We can acquire some virtues by feigning them for a long time.
It takes a lot of skills to be virtuous without being boring.

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Virtue is the roughest way,
But proves at night a bed of down.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.


Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.


Virtue, like a dowerless beauty, has more admirers than followers.
Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue with bigots.


Virtue is, perhaps, no more than a kind of politeness of the soul.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues
We write in water.
Virtue consists not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

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Good people are good because they've come to wisdom through failure.

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He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
— John 8:7


Virtue would not go nearly so far if vanity did not keep her company.


Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.
Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbours.
The virtue which requires to be ever guarded is scarce worth the sentinel.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Virtue is not left to stand alone.  He who practices it shall have neighbors.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

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Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.
It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing – I used to be a good boy.
We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.


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


Virtue is like precious odors, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.


The weakest of all weak things is a virtue that has not been tested in the fire.
There can be no virtue without temptation; for virtue is victory over temptation.


The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.


Virtue has always been conceived of as victorious resistance to one's vital desire.
Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.


Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
It is of the essence of virtue that the good is not to be done for the sake of a reward.
It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.


Virtue is a mean state between two vices, the one of excess and the other of deficiency.
I am not virtuous. Our sons will be if we shed enough blood to give them the right to be.
The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues has today all the exhilaration of a vice.
To abstain from sin when one can no longer sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
All human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.
Many an attack of depression is nothing but the expression of regret at having to be virtuous.
If prosperity is regarded as the reward of virtue it will be regarded as the symptom of virtue.


There isn't any virtue where there has never been any temptation.  Virtue is just temptation, overcome.


Those virtues which cost us dear prove that we love God; those which are easy to us prove that He loves us.


The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
Virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of a man, public as well as private.
There are certain small faults that offset great virtues. There are certain great faults that are forgotten in small virtues.


He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.


Perhaps no phenomenon contains so much destructive feeling as "moral indignation," which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

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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.
There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency — and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency — and a vice.
All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue.

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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.
I refuse to make a hierarchy of human actions and ascribe worthiness to some and ill-repute to others. The terms vice and virtue have no significance for me. I do not confer praise or blame: I accept.


A man must be excessively stupid, as well as uncharitable, who believes there is no virtue but on his own side, and that there are not men as honest as himself who may differ from him in political principles.

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There are no national virtues. We are alone, each one of us. If we are good, we are good ourselves. If we are bad, the virtues of others will not make us better. We cannot borrow morals. They are ours or they do not exist for us.


Whether the succeeding generation is to be more virtuous than their predecessors, I cannot say; but I am sure they will have more worldly wisdom, and enough, I hope, to know that honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.


Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.


In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful.

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