VIRTUE QUOTES

quotations about virtue

Virtue quote

The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, attributed, The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln

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Virtue has its own reward, but no box office.

MAE WEST, An Uncommon Scold

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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

FRANCIS BACON, Essays

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He who sows virtue reaps glory.

LEONARDO DA VINCI, Thoughts on Art and Life

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Virtue has more admirers than followers.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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We ought to be interested in that darkest and most real part of a man in which dwell not the vices that he does not display, but the virtues that he cannot.

G. K. CHESTERTON, Heretics

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There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.

HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Civil Disobedience

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Virtue is more to a man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.

CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius

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Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises, being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

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Virtue is harder to be got than knowledge of the world; and, if lost in a young man, is seldom recovered.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

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Virtue is the fount whence honour springs.

CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE, Tamburlaine the Great

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As you do not sweeten your mouth by saying honey, so you do not grow virtuous by merely talking of virtue.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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There is but one pursuit in life which it is in the power of all to follow, and of all to attain. It is subject to no disappointments, since he that perseveres, makes every difficulty an advancement, and every contest a victory; and this is the pursuit of virtue.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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If you have performed an act of great and disinterested virtue, conceal it; if you publish it, you will neither be believed here, nor rewarded hereafter.

CHARLES CALEB COLTON, Lacon

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Light may be produced by candle, by oil, by gas, by electricity: warmth by wood, by coal, by steam. As it would be foolish for the user of one means to disparage all the others, so 'tis foolish to fret because the manner in which others are virtuous differs from ours.

IVAN PANIN, Thoughts

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As a good tree produces good fruit; even so does a virtuous soul produce pure thoughts.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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Our virtues are like crystals hidden in rocks. No man shall find them by any soft ways, but by the hammer and by fire.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

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When I hear a man discoursing of virtue, or of any sort of wisdom, who is a true man and worthy of his theme, I am delighted beyond measure: and I compare the man and his words, and note the harmony and correspondence of them. And such an one I deem to be the true musician, having in himself a fairer harmony than that of the lyre.

PLATO, Laches

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There is no truth more thoroughly established than that there exists in the economy and course of nature an indissoluble union between virtue and happiness.

GEORGE WASHINGTON, First Inaugural Address, April 30, 1789

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