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Quotes About Virtue

Bluntness is a virtue.

Allison Ling

happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it


Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue.

Ayn Rand

He is ill clothed, who is bare of virtue.

Benjamin Franklin

The mere abhorrence of vice is not a virtue at all.

Bergen Evans

Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.

Clive Staples Lewis

Is virtue a thing remote I wish to be virtuous, and lo Virtue is at hand.


Wisdom is know what to do next virtue is doing it.

David Starr Jordan

Man cannot be uplifted; he must be seduced into virtue.

Don Marquis

Silver and gold are not the only coin virtue too passes current all over the world.


Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.

Evelyn Waugh

Nature does not loathe virtue it is unaware of its existence.

Franoise Mallet-Joris

Virtue does not always demand a heavy sacrifice only the willingness to make it when necessary.

Frederick Sherwood Dunn

And be on they guard against the good and the just! They would fain curcify those who devise their own virtue — they hate the lonesome ones.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Self-denial is not a virtue it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.

George Bernard Shaw

Blushing is the color of virtue.

Laertius Diogenes

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.

Lord Macaulay

Recommend to your children virtue that alone can make them happy, not gold.

Ludwig van Beethoven

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Truthfulness with me is hardly a virtue. I cannot discriminate between truths that and those that don’t need to be told.

Margot Asquith

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

Mary Bertone

The only reward of virtue is virtue the only way to have a friend is to be one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Faith is the virtue of the storm, just as happiness is the virtue of sunshine.

Ruth Fulton Benedict

There are several other cited sources of Roosevelt using this proverb.


Virtue herself is her own fairest reward.

Silius Italicus

Virtue is its own reward. There’s a pleasure in doing good which sufficiently pays itself.

Sir John Vanbrugh

Virtue does not come from wealth, but. . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have. . . comes from virtue.


I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.


People don’t understand the virtue of time, until their clock stops ticking.

Steve Goodman

I have always been fond of the West African proverb: Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt

There is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents.

Thomas Jefferson

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


To think ill of mankind, and not to wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.

William Hazlitt

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