Quotations on Virtue

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Every life is march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

Every life is a march from innocence, through temptation, to virtue or vice.
- Lyman Abbott
(Keywords: Life, Virtue, Innocence, March, Temptation, Vice)

The career of a writer is comparable to that of a woman of easy virtue. You write first for pleasure, later for the pleasure of others and finally for money.
- Marcel Achard
(Keywords: Money, Virtue, Career, First, Pleasure, Woman, Writer)

All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Nature, Virtue, America, Confusion, Constitution, Credit, Honor, Ignorance, Want)

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
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Enemy, Suspicion, Will)

A man must be both stupid and uncharitable who believes there is no virtue or truth but on his own side.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Truth, Virtue, Man)

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
(Keywords: God, Heart, Virtue, Pen)

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
(Keywords: Power, Virtue, Heaven, Influence, Modesty, Stars, Woman)

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
(Keywords: Faith, God, Virtue, Faithfulness, May)

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
(Keywords: Art, Life, Virtue, Authority, Eloquence, Maxim)

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
(Keywords: Action, Virtue, Criticism, First, Self)

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Consistency, Courage, Virtue, Potential, Practice)

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
- Maya Angelou
(Keywords: Courage, Virtue, Nothing, Practice)

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
- Thomas Aquinas
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Man, Will)

What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Character, Performance, Virtue, Actions)

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Wisdom, Virtue, Justice, Moderation)

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Men, Virtue, Right)

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
- Aristotle
(Keywords: Art, Habit, Virtue, Act, Excellence, Training)

In short, all things that please the natural man in this world, are, to a true Christian, only so many crosses and temptations, allurements of sin and snares of death, that continually exercise his virtue.
- Johann Arndt
(Keywords: Death, Virtue, Christian, Exercise, Man, Sin, Temptations, World)

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
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Appearance, Humility)

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Happiness, Life, Nature, Quality, Virtue, Care)

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Education, Virtue, Ability, Glory, Man)

God has been very good to me, for I never dwell upon anything wrong which a person has done, so as to remember it afterwards. If I do remember it, I always see some other virtue in that person.
- Saint Teresa of Avila
(Keywords: God, Virtue, Wrong)

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Power, Virtue, Proof)

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.
- Francis Bacon
(Keywords: Wife, Virtue, Children, Fortune)

If that form of government, that system of social order is not wrong - if those laws of the Southern States, by virtue of which slavery exists there, and is what it is, are not wrong - nothing is wrong.
- Leonard Bacon
(Keywords: Government, Virtue, Laws, Nothing, Order, Slavery, states, Wrong)

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.
- Hosea Ballou
(Keywords: Happiness, Friend, Virtue, Enemy, Right, Suspicion, Wrong)

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
- Honore de Balzac
(Keywords: Soul, Virtue, Nothing, Politeness)

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
(Keywords: Beauty, Truth, Soul, Virtue, Infinite, Justice, Law)

It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Poetry, Time, Virtue, Being, Wine)

It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Time, Poetry, Virtue, Wine)

Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
- Ludwig van Beethoven
(Keywords: Experience, Money, Virtue, Children)

A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude.
- Ruth Benedict
(Keywords: Gratitude, Virtue, Job, Man)

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
(Keywords: Sex, Virtue, Law, Woman)

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Success, Perseverance, Virtue, Mediocrity)

The greatest art of a politician is to render vice serviceable to the cause of virtue.
- Henry Bolingbroke
(Keywords: Art, Virtue, Cause, Vice)

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: History, Virtue, Philosophy, Skepticism)

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Courage, Virtue, Endurance, Fatigue, First)

It is important to recognize and politics positive thinking is often the slaves' virtue - something that people do to con themselves about the burden and change being placed upon them.
- James Bovard
(Keywords: Change, Politics, People, Positive, Virtue, Being, Burden, Positive thinking)

Dali is like a man who hesitates between talent and genius, or, as one might once have said, between vice and virtue.
- Andre Breton
(Keywords: Talent, Genius, Virtue, Man, Vice)

The weapon of the Republic is terror, and virtue is its strength.
- Georg Buchner
(Keywords: Strength, Virtue, Terror)

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.
- Buddha
(Keywords: Happiness, Peace, Wisdom, Family, Health, Control, Discipline, Virtue, First, Man, Mind, Will)

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.
- Buddha
(Keywords: Wisdom, Life, Virtue, Deeds, Earth, Guidance, Light, Mind, Needs)

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.
- Thomas Bulfinch
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Literature, Mythology)

What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Men, Virtue, Energy, Future, Past)

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.
- Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
(Keywords: Happiness, Virtue, Rest)

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Wisdom, Virtue, Folly, Liberty, Madness, Restraint, Vice)

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Government, Virtue, Act, Compromise, Enjoyment)

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Heart, Virtue, Moderation, Shame, Will)

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
- Edmund Burke
(Keywords: Health, Virtue, May)



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