Virtue Quotes

A man hasn't got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.

Anne Petry

Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company.

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.

Theodore M. Hesburgh

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

Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference


Virtue is praised, but hated. People run from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you have to keep your feet warm.

Denis Diderot

Blushing is the color of virtue.


Virtue is its own revenge.

E.Y. Harburn

To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them.

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Any of us can achieve virtue, if by virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us.

Robert S. Lynd

The excess of virtue is a vice.

Greek Proverb

Virtue is its own reward.

Marcus T. Cicero

Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.

Thomas Carlyle

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.

Edmund Burke

The cardinal virtue of a teacher (is) to protect the pupil from his own influence

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.


The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.

G. K. Chesterton

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

Beauty without virtue is like a rose without scent.


Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.

Gordon B. Hinckley

Knowledge is, indeed, that which, next to virtue, truly and essentially raises one man above another.

Joseph Addison

There is no greater sign of a general decay of virtue in a nation, than a want of zeal in its inhabitants for the good of their country

Joseph Addison
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