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Positive Quotes about Virtue

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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

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

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

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

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Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Socialism is a philosophy of failure,
the creed of ignorance,
and the gospel of envy,
its inherent virtue is
the equal sharing of misery.
- Winston Churchill

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dependence begets subservience and venality,
suffocates the germ of virtue,
and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.
- Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
- Indira Gandhi

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is
nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
- Simone Weil

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

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

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

Persevere in virtue and diligence.
- Titus Maccius Plautus

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

I returned to Jerusalem, and it is by virtue of Jerusalem
that I have written all that God has put into my heart and into my pen.
- Shmuel Y. Agnon

Love means to love that which is unlovable;
or it is no virtue at all.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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.
- Lord Chesterfield

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

I think that I've been pigeon-holed by virtue of the
fact that I've spent so much time in front of a green screen.
- Jonathan Frakes

We speak of virtue, honour, reason; but our thought
does not translate any one of these concepts into a substance.
- Wilhelm Wundt

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.
- Joseph Addison

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

Virtue herself is her own fairest reward.
- Silius Italicus

The virtue of justice consists in moderation,
as regulated by wisdom.
- Aristotle

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

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.
- Diogenes

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life,
the secret of eloquence and of virtue,
and of all moral authority.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

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.
- Erwin Schrodinger

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

I want to present interesting stories that don't qualify
themselves just by virtue of their ethnographic type.
- Ajay Naidu

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

It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.
- Jose Marti

Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have
always to combat with ourselves.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

More people are flattered into virtue than bullied out of vice.
- Robert Smith Surtees

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace,
then progress in virtue is progress in each of these
for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us,
progress is always an approach toward it.
- Epictetus

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

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

In debate, one randomly was assigned to one side or the other.
This had at least one virtue - it made one see that
there was more than one side to these complex issues.
- Joseph E. Stiglitz

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

They act as if they supposed that to be very sanguine
about the general improvement of mankind is a virtue
that relieves them from taking trouble about any improvement in particular.
- John Morley

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.
- Jean de La Fontaine


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