Virtue Quotes

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 center.

Edwin Hubbel Chapin

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

Barry Goldwater

Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue.

Lawrence G. Lovasik

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test.

Stephen Vizinczey

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.

Jean De La Bruyère

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

St. Evermond

He who possess virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.

Lao Tzu

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue in the eyes of bigots.

J. Petit-Senn

There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts.

William Shakespeare

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.

Henry David Thoreau

When I religiously confess myself to myself, I find that the best virtue I have has in it some tincture of vice.

Michel de Montaigne

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.

Brooks Anderson

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

Alfred Whitehead

We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Compassion is not a popular virtue

Karen Armstrong
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