Virtue Quotes

Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

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

Horace Mann

Happiness, whether in despotism or democracy, whether in slavery or liberty, can never be found without virtue.

John Adams

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.


It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.

Mark Twain

I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even though he is in the right.

Cato the Elder

Blushing is the color of virtue.


The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.

Marcus Aurelius


Virtue is a habit of the mind, consistent with nature and moderation and reason.


It is easy to perform a good action, but not easy to acquire a settled habit of performing such actions.


Respect for self is the beginning of cultivating virtue in men and women.

Gordon B. Hinckley

Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.

George Bernard Shaw

The power of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special efforts, but by his ordinary doing.

Blaise Pascal

The most precious treasure is virtue.


No people can be great who have ceased to be virtuous.

Samuel Johnson

By accident of fortune a man may rule the world for a time, but by virtue of love he may rule the world forever.

Lao Tzu

Virtue treads paths that end not in the grave.

James Russell


Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.

Marcus Aurelius

Virtue may be assailed, but never hurt,
Surprised by unjust force, but not enthralled.

John Milton

Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Anne Herbert

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 is health, vice is sickness.


What is virtue? It is to hold yourself to your fullest development as a person and as a responsible member of the human community.

Arthur Dobrin

When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary.

Thomas Paine

O let us still the secret joy partake, to follow virtue even for virtue’s sake.

Alexander Pope

That man alone is truly virtuous who follows right because "right is right".


To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.


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