Virtue Quotes

Innocence alone dares commit certain acts of audacity. Virtue, when tutored, is as calculating as vice.

Honore de Balzac

When we destroy an old prejudice, we have need of a new virtue.

Madame de Stael

Adversity is the foundation of virtue

Japanese Proverb

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue, and does not admit of assumptions of superiority.

Mencius

Vice has more martyrs than virtue; and it often happens that men suffer more to be lost than to be saved

Charles Caleb Colton

I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores

Moliere

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds.

Samuel Butler

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

Spinoza

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Confucius

When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Envy is blind, and she has no other quality than that of detracting from virtue

Titus Livy

Hospitality, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging.

Ambrose Bierce

Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtue

Moliere

Every faculty and virtue I possess can be used as an instrument with which to worry myself

Mark Rutherford

Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.

John Selden
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