Virtue Quotes

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

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.


The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

Confucius 551BC

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.


Wisdom is knowing what to do next, skill is knowing how to do it, and virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.


Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice.


The belief in potential human virtue underlies the whole idea of the Bill of Rights; the document is a very tough guardian of that belief

Roger Rosenblatt

Self-sacrifice which denies common sense is not a virtue. It's a spiritual dissipation.

Margaret Deland
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