Quotations The Best Quotes About Virtue  

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

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All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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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 its own reward. Cicero

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

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

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

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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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Sell not virtue to purchase wealth.

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

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

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

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

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The only reward of virtue is virtue. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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Virtue is the only true nobility. Thomas Fuller

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The virtue in most request is conformity. 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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To a superior race of being the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue must seem... ridiculous. William Hazlitt

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

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We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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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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The time is always right to do what is right. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Virtue that wavers is not virtue. John Milton

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The glory that goes with wealth and beauty is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal. Sallust

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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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Be virtuous and you will be eccentric. Mark Twain

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Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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Virtue craves a steep and thorny path. Michel de Montaigne

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Virtue is the strongest shield.

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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