Virtue Quotes

The drama is the looking-glass in which we see the hideousness of vice and the beauties of virtue.

Frances Anne

The rarer action is In virtue than in vengeance.

William Shakespeare

Every life is march from innocence,through temptation, to virtue or vice.

Lyman Abbott

Fame is not the glory; virtue is the goal, and fame only a messenger to bring more to the fold.

Vanna Bonta

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.


Some must be great. Great offices will have Great talents. And God gives to every man The virtue, temper, understanding, taste, That lifts him into life, and lets him fall Just in the niche he was ordain'd to fill.

William Cowper

I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not walked in The knowing go beyond it, and the stupid do not come up to it. I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not understood The men of talents and virtue go beyond it, and the worthless do not come up to it.


A difficult form of virtue is to try in your own life to obey what you believe to be God's will.

John Duke Coleridge, 1st Baron Coleridge

Your virtue is your greatest affectation

William Wycherley

Guilt, though it may attain temporal splendor, can never confer real happiness; the evil consequences of our crimes long survive their commission, and, like the ghosts of the murdered, forever haunt the steps of the malefactor; while the paths of virtue, though seldom those of worldly greatness, are always those of pleasantness and peace.

Sir Walter

No acquisitions of guilt can compensate the loss of that solid inward comfort of mind, which is the sure companion of innocence and virtue; nor can in the least balance the evil of that horror and anxiety which, in their room, guilt introduces into our bosoms.

Henry Fielding

Elegance is inferior to virtue.

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

When one ceases from conflict, whether because he has won, because he has lost, or because he cares no more for the game, the virtue passes out of him.

Charles Horton Cooley

I've got forward momentum. There's no virtue in it. It's just a balancing act. I don't dare stop.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Sincerity and truth form the basis of every virtue. Be what thou seemest; live thy creed; Hold up to earth the torch divine; Be what thou prayest to be made; Let the great Master's steps be thine.

Horatius Bonar
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