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69 Greatest Quotes About Virtue


Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions. Aristotle
It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen. Aristotle
The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear. Confucius
Only a man of integrity can possess the virtue of honesty, since only the faking of one’s consciousness can permit the faking of existence. Ayn Rand
Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right? Epictetus
Virtue lies in the middle ground. Jose Rizal
The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous. Jawaharlal Nehru
Virtue is the fount whence honour springs. Christopher Marlowe
I prefer a pleasant vice to an annoying virtue. Moliere
The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues. Elizabeth Taylor
When virtue has slept it will arise more vigorous. Friedrich Nietzsche
To be good, and to do good, is all we have to do. John Adams
We set no special value on the possession of a virtue until we percieve that it is entirely lacking in our adversary. Friedrich Nietzsche
I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints - the sinners are much more fun. Billy Joel
We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat. John Steinbeck
In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice. Marquis de Sade
To live a life of virtue, you have to become consistent, even when it isn't convenient, comfortable, or easy. Epictetus
Patience is the greatest of all virtues. Cato the Elder
Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter. William Shakespeare
To ... not prepare is the greatest of crimes; to be prepared beforehand for any contingency is the greatest of virtues. Sun Tzu
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. Maya Angelou
It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue. Voltaire
Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience. Adam Smith
Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. Joseph Addison
Those who grant sympathy to guilt, grant none to innocence. Ayn Rand
Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed. Ambrose Bierce
When I'm good, I'm very good. But when I'm bad I'm better. Mae West
A city is not adorned by external things, but by the virtue of those who dwell in it. Epictetus
To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote. Benjamin Franklin
The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life. Sigmund Freud
[On the virtuous man] "He combines the highest, lowest and middle chords in complete harmony within himself. Plato
Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue. Ambrose Bierce
Villainy wears many masks; none so dangerous as the mask of virtue. Washington Irving
My friend, you see how perishable are the riches of this world; there is nothing solid but virtue. Voltaire
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius
In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa. Samuel Butler
Most men admire Virtue who follow not her lore. John Milton
There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue. Erich Fromm
The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend. Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men. Mary Wollstonecraft
Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues. Khalil Gibran
Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects. Jenni Rivera
Few are those who wish to be endowed with virtue rather than to seem so. Marcus Tullius Cicero
Unlike the puerile loyalty to a conviction, loyalty to a friend is a virtue - perhaps the only virtue, the last remaining one. Milan Kundera
No one can deny you or grant you anything. It all comes to you by virtue of your vibration. Esther Hicks
Peace is not the absence of war, but a virtue based on strength of character. Baruch Spinoza
Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey. Denis Diderot
It is necessary to make virtue fashionable. Jose Marti