Virtue quotes page 2
The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Virtue is chok'd with foul ambition.
William Shakespeare, Henry VI
There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.
A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and
strong enough to correct them.
John C. Maxwell
Philantrophy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
Henry David Thoreau
A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the
compulsion to help all life which he is able to
assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives.
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues.
He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.
Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on
you, send him to the cemetery.
It makes a great deal of difference whether one wills not to sin or has not the knowledge to sin.
Virtue which parleys is near surrender.
You may be more happy than princes, if you will be more virtuous.
Virtue debases itself in justifying itself.
It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality what we would
appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and
experience of them.
Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.
Respond to anger with virtue. Deal with difficulties while they are still easy. Handle the great
while it is still small.
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man
is no more.
What is more valuable than gold? Diamonds. Than diamonds? Virtue.
Don't be led astray into the paths of virtue.
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water.
William Shakespeare, Henry VIII
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their
Virtue is the mistress of all things. Virtue is the master of all things. Therefore a nation that
should never do wrong must necessarily govern the world. The might of virtue, the power of
virtue, is not a very common topic, not so common as it should be.
Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
Better not be at all than not be noble.
Blessed is he who carries within himself a God, an ideal, and who obeys it: Ideal of art, ideal
of science, ideal of the gospel virtues, therein lie the springs of great thoughts and great
actions; they all reflect light from the Infinite.
True charity is the desire to be useful to others without thought of recompense.
It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.
All the brothers should always be intent on good works, for it is written: "Always do
something good so that the devil will find you occupied." And again: "Idleness is the enemy of
the soul." Therefore, the servants of God must always give themselves totally to prayer or to
some good work.
St. Francis of Assisi
Without virtue, man is most unholy and savage, and worst in regard to sex and eating.
Have a heart that never hardens; a temper that never tires; a touch that never hurts.
We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.
I am a humanist, which means, in part, that I have tried to behave decently without
expectations of rewards or punishments after I am dead.
No man is such a conqueror, as the one that has defeated himself.
Henry Ward Beecher