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Wise Quotes about Virtue

May you find great value in these Virtue quotes and sayings.

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

Related topics: Wisdom

Who sows virtue reaps honor.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A thankful heart is the greatest virtue.
- Cicero

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virtue can only flourish among equals.
- Mary Wollstonecraft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- The Buddha

Many a person has held close, throughout their entire lives,
two friends that always remained strange to one another,
because one of them attracted by virtue of similarity,
the other by difference.
- Emil Ludwig

To enjoy good health,
to bring true happiness to one's family,
to bring peace to all, one must first
discipline and control one's own mind.
If a man can control his mind
he can find the way to Enlightenment,
and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
- The Buddha

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

Affliction is a school of virtue; it corrects levity,
and interrupts the confidence of sinning.
- Francis Atterbury

Tenderness is a virtue.
- Oliver Goldsmith

Saving faith is an immediate relation to Christ,
accepting, receiving, resting upon Him alone,
for justification, sanctification, and eternal life
by virtue of God's grace.
- Charles Spurgeon

Nobody should trust their virtue with necessity,
the force of which is never known till it is felt,
and it is therefore one of the first duties to avoid the temptation of it.
- Mary Wortley Montagu

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

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

There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture.
And that is not always a virtue.
- Francis Arinze

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further,
and try to plant a virtue in its place.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.
- Joseph Addison

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

The machine has had a pernicious effect upon virtue,
pity, and love, and young men used to machines which induce inertia,
and fear, are near impotent.
- Edward Dahlberg

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

I'd like to know what law is it that says that a woman is a better parent,
simply by virtue of her sex.
- Robert Benton

Humility is a virtue, and it is a virtue innate in guests.
- Max Beerbohm

Conscience is the sentinel of virtue.
- Johann Kaspar Lavater

For peace is not mere absence of war,
but is a virtue that springs from, a state of mind,
a disposition for benevolence, confidence,
justice.
- Baruch Spinoza

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

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

We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it.
But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.
- William Penn

Happiness is secured through virtue;
it is a good attained by man's own will.
- Thomas Aquinas

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

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

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

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

Self criticism must be my guide to action,
and the first rule for its employment is that in itself it is not a virtue,
only a procedure.
- Kingsley Amis

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

The greatest art of a politician is to render vice
serviceable to the cause of virtue.
- Henry Bolingbroke

The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own,
and God willingly favors such a confidence.
- Michel de Montaigne

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.
- Francis Bacon

Secrecy is the element of all goodness;
even virtue,
even beauty is mysterious.
- Thomas Carlyle

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue;
these five are gravity,
generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness,
and kindness.
- Confucius

Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an
instrument with which to worry myself.
- Mark Rutherford

Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.
It is not enough to do your own job.
There's no particular virtue in that.
Democracy isn't a gift.
It's a responsibility.
- Dalton Trumbo

Be to their virtue very kind; be to their faults a little blind.
- Matthew Prior

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.
- Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Man is most happy, when his own actions are arguments
and examples of his virtue.
- John Webster

God seeth different abilities and frailties of men,
which may move His goodness to be merciful to their
different improvements in virtue.
- William Law

No power in society, no hardship in your condition can depress you,
keep you down, in knowledge, power, virtue,
influence, but by your own consent.
- William Ellery Channing


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