Virtue Quotes


Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.

When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better.

One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.

Petits Poemes En Prose

Charles Baudelaire

Petits Poemes En Prose
Drunk    Poetry    Virtue    Wine

Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
[On British Labour politician Stafford Cripps.]

Wealth, War, and Wisdom

Winston S. Churchill

Wealth, War, and Wisdom

In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.

Democracy    Dissent    Heroes    Honesty    Integrity    Truth    Truth telling    Virtue

I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.

Laughter    Sadness    Saints    Sin    Virtue

Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.

It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.

It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It's easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It's simple to seek substitutes for competence--such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.

We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.

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.

Dishonesty    Double standards    Envy    Hate    Indignation    Morality    Vice    Virtue

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.

Faith    Hope    Life    Thankfulness    Virtue

The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.

Dreams    Honor    Virtue    Wicked

It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.

I'd rather make a show 100 people need to see, than a show that 1000 people want to see.

And it is you, spirit--with will and energy, and virtue and purity--that I want, not alone with your brittle frame.

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Brontë Brontë

Jane Eyre
Love    Purity    Romance    Soul    Spirit    Virtue

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.

Freedom    Liberty    Truth    Virtue

Love should be treated like a business deal, but every business deal has its own terms and its own currency. And in love, the currency is virtue. You love people not for what you do for them or what they do for you. You love them for the values, the virtues, which they have achieved in their own character.

Business    Character    Currency    Deal terms    Love    People    Virtue

The Master said, A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.
(Analects 4.9)

It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.

For I am—or I was—one of those people who pride themselves in on their willpower, on their ability to make a decision and carry it through. This virtue, like most virtues, is ambiguity itself. People who believe that they are strong-willed and the masters of their destiny can only continue to believe this by becoming specialists in self-deception. Their decisions are not really decisions at all—a real decision makes one humble, one knows that it is at the mercy of more things than can be named—but elaborate systems of evasion, of illusion, designed to make themselves and the world appear to be what they and the world are not. This is certainly what my decision, made so long ago in Joey’s bed, came to. I had decided to allow no room in the universe for something which shamed and frightened me. I succeeded very well—by not looking at the universe, by not looking at myself, by remaining, in effect, in constant motion.

Giovanni's Room

James Baldwin

Giovanni's Room
Decision    Life    Personality    Pride    Virtue    World

Wisdom ain't a virtue I ever aspired to.

Jack    Virtue    Wisdom

‎It isn't enough to stand up and fight darkness. You've got to stand apart from it, too. You've got to be different from it.

Fool Moon

Jim Butcher

Fool Moon

Good and great are seldom in the same man.

My hate is general, I detest all men;
Some because they are wicked and do evil,
Others because they tolerate the wicked,
Refusing them the active vigorous scorn
Which vice should stimulate in virtuous minds.

Detest    Evil    Hate    Misanthrope    Scorn    Toleration    Vice    Virtue    Wicked

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

Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And to make matters worse: complexity sells better.

Compassion is not a virtue -- it is a commitment. It's not something we have or don't have -- it's something we choose to practice.

...
everyone
knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.

The Rithmatist

Brandon Sanderson

The Rithmatist

Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

Hypocrisy is a tribute that vice pays to virtue.

Humanity is not perfect in any fashion; no more in the case of evil than in that of good. The criminal has his virtues, just as the honest man has his weaknesses.

Gefährliche Liebschaften.

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Gefährliche Liebschaften.
Evil    Good    Humanity    Virtue

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

Action    Life    Quality    Virtue

We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives - but in what we do for others

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.

...happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves.... The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement....

Amusement    Happy    Life    Virtue

The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must be begun here on earth.

Anne of the Island

L.M. Montgomery

Anne of the Island
Death    Goals    Virtue

You have to choose the best, every day, without compromise...guided by your own virtue and highest ambition

The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.

Bold    Virtue    Wise

Faith is the surrender of the mind, it's the surrender of reason, it's the surrender of the only thing that makes us different from other animals. It's our need to believe and to surrender our skepticism and our reason, our yearning to discard that and put all our trust or faith in someone or something, that is the sinister thing to me. ... Out of all the virtues, all the supposed virtues, faith must be the most overrated

Animal    Atheism    Faith    Mammals    Religion    Virtue

Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues.

رمل وزبد

Khalil Gibran

رمل وزبد
Faults    Forgiveness    Men    Virtue    Women

It is my wish that you may have at better and freer life than I have had. Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience; this was what upheld me in time of misery.

Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.

Faith    Hope    Life    Thankfulness    Virtue

A virtuos woman is not moved by big names and flamboyance, but only men of profound wisdom and integrity move her.

Big names    Character    Chaste    Chasticity    Clean    Cleanliness    Decency    Discipline    Flamboyance    Flamboyant    Good choice    Good woman    Her    Integrity    Ladies    Lady    Luxurious    Luxury    Money    Move    Name    Names    Opulence    Profound    Pure    Purity    Sensitivity    She    Sound judgment    Virtue    Wisdom    Woman of virtue

...when he looks at Beauty in the only way that Beauty can be seen - only then will it become possible for him to give birth not to images of virtue (because he's in touch with no images), but to true virtue [arete] (because he is in touch with true Beauty). The love of the gods belongs to anyone who has given to true virtue and nourished it, and if any human being could become immortal, it would be he.

Beauty    Love    Philosophy    Truth    Virtue

As humanity perfects itself, man becomes degraded. When everything is reduced to the mere counter-balancing of economic interests, what room will there be for virtue? When Nature has been so subjugated that she has lost all her original forms, where will that leave the plastic arts? And so on. In the mean time, things are going to get very murky.

Art    Capitalism    Humnaity    Life    Mankind    Money    Nature    Virtue

Wise men are not pacifists; they are merely less likely to jump up and retaliate against their antagonizers. They know that needless antagonizers are virtually already insecure enough.

Antagonism    Antagonistic    Discernment    Foolishness    Insecure    Insecurity    Judgment    Jump    Manliness    Masculinity    Needless    Pacifism    Pacifist    Patience    Prudence    Reason    Retaliation    Self control    Virtue    Wisdom    Wise    Wise man

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