Virtue Quotes

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

You cannot have Liberty in this world without what you call Moral Virtue & you cannot have Moral Virtue without the Slavery of that half of the Human Race who hate what you call Moral Virtue

William Blake

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

Napoleon Bonaparte

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

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 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

A vice in common can be the ground of a friendship but not a virtue in common. X and Y may be friends because they are both drunkards or womanizers but, if they are both sober and chaste, they are friends for some other reason.

Wystan Hugh Auden

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

In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.

Simone Weil

Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks -- no form of government can render us secure. To suppose liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. If there be sufficient virtue and intelligence in the community, it will be exercised in the selection of these men. So that we do not depend on their virtue, or put confidence in our rulers, but in the people who are to choose them.

James Madison
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