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

Tags: Guard, Modesty  ✍ Author: Joseph Addison

Where the roots of private virtue are diseased, the fruit of public probity cannot but be corrupt.

Tags: Cannot, Public  ✍ Author: Felix Adler

Consider your origins: you were not made to live as brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

Tags: Follow, Knowledge  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

Tags: Courage, Practice  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

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

Tags: Good, Happiness  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Those who excel in virtue have the best right of all to rebel, but then they are of all men the least inclined to do so.

Tags: Best, Men  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

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

Tags: Justice, Wisdom  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

Tags: Dealing, Justly  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

As far as I'm concerned, I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue.

Tags: Far, Silent  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

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

Tags: Good, Loved  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.

Tags: Patriotism, Vicious  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition.

Tags: Ambition, Fit  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

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

Tags: Men, Natural  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

Tags: Fall, Rise  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.

Tags: Bold, Goodness  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

Most dangerous is that temptation that doth goad us on to sin in loving virtue.

Tags: Dangerous, Temptation  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

Virtue itself scapes not calumnious strokes.

Tags: Strokes  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

According to the new ethics, virtue is not restrictive but expansive, a sentiment and even an intoxication.

Tags: Ethics, Sentiment  ✍ Author: Irving Babbitt

Silence is the virtue of fools.

Tags: Fools, Silence  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Tags: Best, Rich  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue.

Tags: Above, Integrity  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

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

Tags: Perhaps, Soul  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

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

Tags: Mediocrity, Success  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

Fidelity - a virtue peculiar to those who are about to be betrayed.

Tags: Betrayed, Fidelity  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce

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

Tags: Disguised, Patience  ✍ Author: Ambrose Bierce
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Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.

Tags: History, Philosophy  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

If the headache would only precede the intoxication, alcoholism would be a virtue.

Tags: Alcoholism, Headache  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

Tags: Durable, Gold  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

In the midst of vice we are in virtue, and vice versa.

Tags: Midst, Vice  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

Tags: Keep, Within  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

The function of vice is to keep virtue within reasonable bounds.

Tags: Keep, Within  ✍ Author: Samuel Butler

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

Tags: Hypocrisy, Pay  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.

Tags: Life, Opinion  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

Secrecy is the element of all goodness; even virtue, even beauty is mysterious.

Tags: Beauty, Goodness  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.

Tags: Happiness, Mind  ✍ Author: George Washington Carver

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

Tags: Love, Means  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.

Tags: Tolerance  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Honor is the reward of virtue.

Tags: Honor, Reward  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Tags: Glory, Shadow  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

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

Tags: Comfort, Common  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

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

Tags: Modest, Simple  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

Nothing in our times has become so unattractive as virtue.

Tags: Become, Times  ✍ Author: Edward Dahlberg

It is a natural virtue incident to our sex to be pitiful of those that are afflicted.

Tags: Natural, Sex  ✍ Author: Elizabeth I

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

Tags: Current, Gold  ✍ Author: M. C. Escher

Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.

Tags: Mind, Moderation  ✍ Author: Leo Fender

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

Tags: Good, Often  ✍ Author: Anatole France

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

Tags: Pay, Poor  ✍ Author: Anatole France

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.

Tags: Curiosity, Greatest  ✍ Author: Anatole France

Search others for their virtue, and yourself for your vices.

Tags: Others, Yourself  ✍ Author: R. Buckminster Fuller

People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.

Tags: Happy, Makes  ✍ Author: John Kenneth Galbraith

Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue.

Tags: Modesty, Overrated  ✍ Author: John Kenneth Galbraith

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.

Tags: Brave, Forgiveness  ✍ Author: Indira Gandhi

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

Tags: Wisdom, Wish  ✍ Author: William Hazlitt

There is a heroism in crime as well as in virtue. Vice and infamy have their altars and their religion.

Tags: Crime, Religion  ✍ Author: William Hazlitt

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.

Tags: Mask, Vice  ✍ Author: Victor Hugo

Kindness is the sunshine in which virtue grows.

Tags: Kindness, Sunshine  ✍ Author: Robert Green Ingersoll

Virtue herself is her own fairest reward.

Tags: Her, Reward  ✍ Author: Ernest Istook

Many people think that virtue consists of severity towards others.

Tags: Consists, Others  ✍ Author: Alphonse Karr

Moderation is a virtue only in those who are thought to have an alternative.

Tags: Funny, Thought  ✍ Author: Henry A. Kissinger

Feminine virtue is nothing but a convenient masculine invention.

Tags: Feminine, Invention  ✍ Author: Louis L\'Amour

This idea of selfishness as a virtue, as opposed to generosity: That, to me, is unnatural.

Tags: Generosity, Idea  ✍ Author: Jessica Lange

We cannot attribute to fortune or virtue that which is achieved without either.

Tags: Cannot, Either  ✍ Author: Niccolo Machiavelli

True valor, on virtue founded strong, meets all events alike.

Tags: Strong, True  ✍ Author: Louis Malle

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

Tags: Her, She  ✍ Author: Michel de Montaigne

The person who talks most of his own virtue is often the least virtuous.

Tags: Often, Talks  ✍ Author: Jawaharlal Nehru

I'm really tired of virtue.

Tags: Tired  ✍ Author: P. J. O\'Rourke

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Tags: Principle, Temper  ✍ Author: Thomas Paine

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

Tags: Planning, Remember  ✍ Author: Thomas Paine

A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

Tags: Good, Temper  ✍ Author: Thomas Paine

There's no credit in not doing what you don't want to do. There's no virtue in not falling, when you're not tempted.

Tags: Credit, Falling  ✍ Author: Gilbert Parker

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

Tags: Special, Strength  ✍ Author: Blaise Pascal

We are apt to love praise, but not deserve it. But if we would deserve it, we must love virtue more than that.

Tags: Deserve, Love  ✍ Author: William Penn

Virtue is relative to the actions and ages of each of us in all that we do.

Tags: Actions, Relative  ✍ Author: Sylvia Plath

The difference is too nice - Where ends the virtue or begins the vice.

Tags: Difference, Nice  ✍ Author: Alexander Pope

A laugh costs too much when bought at the expense of virtue.

Tags: Costs, Laugh  ✍ Author: Sean Quinn

Believe me, 'tis a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.

Tags: Heroic, Owe  ✍ Author: Lily Rabe

Too much virtue can be criminal.

Tags: Criminal  ✍ Author: Jean Racine

I have pushed virtue to outright brutality.

Tags: Brutality, Pushed  ✍ Author: Jean Racine

Money is the barometer of a society's virtue.

Tags: Money, Society  ✍ Author: Ayn Rand

We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue.

Tags: Despise, Vices  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.

Tags: Name, Real  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.

Tags: Useful, Word  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.

Tags: Hypocrisy, Vice  ✍ Author: Francois de La Rochefoucauld

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

Tags: Order, Ourselves  ✍ Author: Marquis de Sade

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

Tags: Rarely, Reputation  ✍ Author: Saint Francis de Sales

The glory that goes with wealth is fleeting and fragile; virtue is a possession glorious and eternal.

Tags: Goes, Wealth  ✍ Author: Aulis Sallinen

The virtue of some people consists wholly in condemning the vices in others.

Tags: Others, Vices  ✍ Author: Herbert Samuel

Crime when it succeeds is called virtue.

Tags: Crime, Succeeds  ✍ Author: Albert Schweitzer

Successful and fortunate crime is called virtue.

Tags: Crime, Successful  ✍ Author: Albert Schweitzer

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

Tags: Consists, Vice  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

The love of economy is the root of all virtue.

Tags: Economy, Love  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

Virtue is insufficient temptation.

Tags: Temptation  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

What is virtue but the Trade Unionism of the married?

Tags: Married, Trade  ✍ Author: George Bernard Shaw

Every act of virtue is an ingredient unto reward.

Tags: Act, Reward  ✍ Author: Jane Taylor

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

Tags: Realize, Understand  ✍ Author: Mike Tyson

Good-faith re-examination of a position you've held in the past should be seen as a virtue, not a vice.

Tags: Past, Seen  ✍ Author: Mark Udall

By virtue of believing in a Supreme Being one embraces certain mysteries.

Tags: Believing, Supreme  ✍ Author: Robert Vaughn

Who sows virtue reaps honor.

Tags: Honor  ✍ Author: Leonardo da Vinci

Even virtue is fairer when it appears in a beautiful person.

Tags: Appears, Beautiful  ✍ Author: Richard Virenque

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

Tags: Laws, Support  ✍ Author: Voltaire

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