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The Best Quotes About Virtue

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A list of the best virtue quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous virtue quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic virtue quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about virtue?" and "What are inspirational virtue quotes?"

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    The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. Aristotle

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    Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity. Joseph Addison

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    The highest virtue found in the tropics is chastity, and in the colder regions, temperance. Christian Nevell Bovee

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    All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

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    A homely face and no figure have aided many women heavenward. Minna Antrim

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    But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints. -- Ephesians 5:3

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    Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. Aristotle

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    Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction. Natalie Clifford Barney

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    Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set. Francis Bacon

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    The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell. G. K. Chesterton

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    Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man. Thomas Carlyle

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    Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning. William S. Burroughs

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    The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge. F. H. Bradley

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    There are in every man, always, two simultaneous allegiances, one to God, the other to Satan. Invocation of God, or Spirituality, is a desire to climb higher; that of Satan, or animality, is delight in descent. Charles Baudelaire

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    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. -- Galatians 5:23, 24

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    If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue. Edmund Burke

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    He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Winston Churchill

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    Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

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    You are a man, not God; you are human, not an angel. How can you expect to remain always in a constant state of virtue, when this was not possible even for an angel of Heaven, nor for the first man in the Garden? Thomas à Kempis

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    Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper. G. K. Chesterton

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    Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.

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    If one is not virtuous he becomes vicious. Christian Nevell Bovee

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    Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil. Albert Camus

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    Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.

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    Virtue is its own reward. Cicero

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    To realize that you do not understand is a virtue; Not to realize that you do not understand is a defect. Laozi

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    Virtue is the only true nobility. Thomas Fuller

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    The only reward of virtue is virtue. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

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    Virtue that wavers is not virtue. John Milton

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    People praise virtue, but they hate it, they run away from it. It freezes you to death, and in this world you've got to keep your feet warm. Denis Diderot

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    A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    The virtue in most request is conformity. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women. Confucius

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    To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous. William Hazlitt

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    The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius

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    Temperance and labor are the two best virtues. Labor whets the appetite, temperance curbs it.

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    Ah, Eug?nie, have done with virtues! Among the sacrifices that can be made to those counterfeit divinities, is there one worth an instant of the pleasures one tastes in outraging them? Marquis de Sade

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    Virtuous and vicious everyone must be; few in extremes, but all in degree. Alexander Pope

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    It is as hard to satirize well a man of distinguished vices, as to praise well a man of distinguished virtues. Jonathan Swift

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    The virtues of society are vices of the saint. The terror of reform is the discovery that we must cast away our virtues, or what we have always esteemed such, into the same pit that has consumed our grosser vices. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them. Isadora Duncan

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    Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue. Edward Dahlberg

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    The fact is that a man who wants to act virtuously in every way necessarily comes to grief among so many who are not virtuous. Niccolò Machiavelli

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    To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness. Confucius

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    The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so. Plato

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    It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit. Horace

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    God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter. Benjamin Franklin

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    The wise man applauds he who he thinks most virtuous; the rest of the world applauds the wealthy. Samuel Johnson

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