Virtue Quotes

For what is more glorious than music, which modulates the heavenly system with its sonorous sweetness, and binds together with its virtue the concord of nature which is scattered everywhere?

Flavius Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

Voltaire

I used to suppose that certain evils could never befall a being in possession of a sound mind; that true virtue supplies us with energy which vice can never resist; that it was always in our power to obstruct, by his own death, the designs of an enemy who aimed at less than our lives.

Charles Brockden Brown

However great an evil immorality may be, we must not forget that it is not without its beneficial consequences. It is only through extremes that men can arrive at the middle path of wisdom and virtue.

Wilhelm Von Humboldt

Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them

Voltaire

Strict punctuality is perhaps the cheapest virtue which can give force to an otherwise utterly insignificant character.

John F. Boyes

Punctuality is the stern virtue of men of business, and the graceful courtesy of princes

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Evelyn Waugh

Fidelity is a virtue which should be frequently proved, but not always.

Omar Sharif

Fidelity. A virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Ambrose Bierce

When private virtue is hazarded on the perilous cast of expediency, the pillars of the republic, however apparent their stability, are infected with decay at the very centre.

Edwin Hubbell Chapin

When virtue is lost, benevolence appears, when benevolence is lost right conduct appears, when right conduct is lost, expedience appears. Expediency is the mere shadow of right and truth; it is the beginning of disorder.

Lao Tzu

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

Francois Fenelon

Extremism in the defence of liberty is no vice, and moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry Morris Goldwater

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall

William Shakespeare

True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason

Alfred North Whitehead

By accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.

Lao Tzu

I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me remind you also that moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.

Barry Goldwater

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

Robert Green Ingersoll

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talent.

Carlyle Thomas

There is...an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents.... The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provisions should be made to prevent its ascendancy.

Thomas Jefferson

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.

Edmund Burke

Tolerance it a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness.

James Goldsmith
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