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Virtue Quotes

You decide to give up alcohol, because all of a sudden you began to think that it is not too much of a virtuous habit. You soon get called to a party and once at the party you realize that the alcohol is flowing like it’s the last day on earth for the people at the party. You soon give into temptation and before you know it are drunk! This only goes to show how easy it can be to lose out on virtues and morals. Take the time to read on to find famous quotations and sayings on moral quality.

Thomas Paine

An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.

Thomas Hobbes

In the state of nature profit is the measure of right.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.

Malcolm X

I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against.

Dick Cheney

Conservation may be a sign of personal virtue, but it is not a sufficient basis for a sound, comprehensive energy policy.

C. S. Lewis

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

Indira Gandhi

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

Prison Happiness
Laurence Sterne

Only the brave know how to forgive; it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.

Malcolm X

Nonviolence is fine as long as it works.

Thomas Moore

Humility, that low, sweet root, from which all heavenly virtues shoot.


Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.

Sir Thomas Browne

There is no road or ready way to virtue.

Thomas Paine

Every religion is good that teaches man to be good; and I know of none that instructs him to be bad.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba

However great an intellectual may be, however great one may be as a scholar or a man of learning, one has also to acquire humanness. Without humanness, scholarship and intellectual eminence are of no value.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Robert Burns

I have often thought that if a well-grounded affection be not really a part of virtue, it is something extremely akin to it.

Ambrose Bierce

Patience, n. A minor form of dispair, disguised as a virtue.

Elon Musk

Patience is a virtue, and I'm learning patience. It's a tough lesson.

Adam Smith

Virtue is more to be feared than vice, because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.

Victor Hugo

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.

Benito Mussolini

It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity.

Saint Augustine

Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.

Winston Churchill

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

Leonardo da Vinci

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

Honoré de Balzac

Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.

Anatole France

Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.

Mae West

Virtue has its own reward, but no sale at the box office.

Ambrose Bierce

Perseverance - a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.


The chief virtue that language can have is clearness, and nothing detracts from it so much as the use of unfamiliar words.

Quentin Crisp

Vice is its own reward. It is virtue which, if it is to be marketed with consumer appeal, must carry Green Shield stamps.

Anatole France

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.

Karl Marx

Capital is money, capital is commodities. By virtue of it being value, it has acquired the occult ability to add value to itself. It brings forth living offspring, or, at the least, lays golden eggs.

Isaac Newton

God is the same God, always and everywhere. He is omnipresent not virtually only, but also substantially, for virtue cannot subsist without substance.

Oscar Wilde

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Francis Bacon

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief.

Greatness Wives Children

If one has a good disposition, what other virtue is needed? If a man has fame, what is the value of other ornamentation?

Adam Smith

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.

George Washington

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Ayn Rand

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.

Victor Hugo

Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.

Joseph Addison

Modesty is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue.

Tiger Woods

The virtue of privacy is one that must be protected in matters that are intimate and within one's own family.

Joseph Addison

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.

Blaise Pascal

The strength of a man's virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.

Erich Fromm

There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as moral indignation, which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.

Anatole France

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

Miguel de Cervantes

Virtue is the truest nobility.

William S. Burroughs

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

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Love means to love that which is unlovable; or it is no virtue at all.


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

Miguel de Cervantes

Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.

Gautama Buddha

Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.

Edgar Watson Howe

Virtue must be valuable, if men and women of all degrees pretend to have it.

William Shakespeare

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.


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

Saint Augustine

The spiritual virtue of a sacrament is like light; although it passes among the impure, it is not polluted.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.


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

Lao Tzu

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


The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.


All the gold which is under or upon the earth is not enough to give in exchange for virtue.


It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue.


The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.

Lord Byron

In England the only homage which they pay to Virtue - is hypocrisy.

Bill Bryson

Cheapness is a great virtue.

Michel de Montaigne

Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.


The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.


What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions.

Marilyn Monroe

In Hollywood a girl's virtue is much less important than her hairdo.