Monday, April 6, 2009

Virtue Quotes

The excess of virtue is a vice.
~Greek Proverb

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

Any of us can achieve virtue, if by virtue we merely mean the avoidance of the vices that do not attract us.
~Robert S. Lynd

Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To many people virtue consists chiefly in repenting faults, not in avoiding them. ~Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.
~William Shakespeare

Sin is commitable in thought, word or deed; so is virtue.
~Martin H. Fischer

What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy.

It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

A man hasn't got a corner on virtue just because his shoes are shined.
~Anne Petry

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
~George Bernard Shaw

Virtue would not go to such lengths if vanity did not keep her company.
~François de la Rochefoucauld

There is a good ear, in some men, that draws supplies to virtue out of very indifferent nutriment.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The imperfections of a man, his frailties, his faults, are just as important as his virtues. You can't separate them. They're wedded.
~Henry Miller

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.
~William Shakespeare

All of us are experts at practicing virtue at a distance.
~Theodore M. Hesburgh

Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
~Baruch Spinoza

Virtue is its own revenge.
~E.Y. Harburn

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
~Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Modesty and unselfishness - these are virtues which men praise - and pass by. ~André Maurois

The Cause of Women is generally the Cause of Virtue.
~Samuel Richardson

He that has energy enough to root out a vice should go further, and try to plant a virtue in its place.
~Charles Caleb Colton

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.

Beware of making your moral staple consist of the negative virtues.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
~David Starr Jordan

Virtue is insufficient temptation.
~George Bernard Shaw

It is necessary to make virtue fashionable.
~Jose Marti

Virtue is praised, but hated. People run from it, for it is ice-cold and in this world you have to keep your feet warm.
~Denis Diderot

Virtue is reason which has become energy.
~Friedrich Von Schlegel

Blushing is the color of virtue.

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
~Oscar Wilde

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke strops our vice.
~Henry David Thoreau

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.
~Gilbert K. Chesterton

Virtue is an angel, but she is a blind one, and must ask Knowledge to show her the pathway that leads to her goal.

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