Virtue Quotes

Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue

Fran┴ois de la Rochefoucauld

A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation, all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erects an absolute monarchy in the minds of men...the master of superstition is the people; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reverse order

Sir Francis Bacon

Christian soldiers armed with virtue- hearts afire with blind obsession, cannot see the difference 'twixt compassion and oppression

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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

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

Henry David Thoreau

Charity is a virtue of the heart, and not of the hands.

Joseph Addison

Capitalism is based on self-interest and self-esteem; it holds integrity and trustworthiness as cardinal virtues and makes them pay off in the marketplace, thus demanding that men survive by means of virtue, not vices. It is this superlatively moral system that the welfare statists propose to improve upon by means of preventative law, snooping bureaucrats, and the chronic goad of fear.

Alan Greenspan

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.

Winston Churchill

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

Voltaire

There is no virtue like necessity.

William Shakespeare

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

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

Albert Einstein

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice

Thomas Paine

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.

Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

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

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

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
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