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Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. Walt Disney


Quotes About Virtue

Virtue, like a dowerless beauty, has more admirers than followers.
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

Good people are good because they’ve come to wisdom through failure.
William Saroyan

There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency—and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency—and a vice.
Mark Twain

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
George Washington

Woman’s virtue is man’s greatest invention.
Cornelia Otis Skinner

Ask yourself not if this or that is expedient, but if it is right.
Alan Paton

It used to be a good hotel, but that proves nothing—I used to be a good boy.
Mark Twain

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
John 8:7

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7

Virtue has never been as respectable as money.
Mark Twain

There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Edmund Burke

Women are not virtuous, but they have given us the idea of virtue.
Paul Geraldy

Only the young die good.
Oliver Herford

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

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

The more virtuous any man is, the less easily does he suspect others to be vicious.

And what is a weed?  A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.
Henry David Thoreau

To abstain from sin when a man cannot sin is to be forsaken by sin, not to forsake it.
St. Augustine



Quotes About Truth

Men stumble over the truth from time to time, but most pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
Winston Churchill

Truth burns up error.
Sojourner Truth

Error moves with quick feet . . . and truth must never be lagging behing.
Alexander Crummell

The race problem is a moral one . . . . Its solution will come especially from the domain of principles.  Like all the other great battles of humanity, it is to be fought out with the weapons of truth.
Alexander Crummell

Absolute truth is incompatible with an advanced state of society.
Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
The truth should be told, though it kill.
Timothy Thomas Fortune

You never find yourself until you face the truth.
Pearl Bailey

It nothing profits to show virtue in words and destroy truth in deeds.

Truthfulness with me is hardly a virtue.  I cannot discriminate between truths that need and those that need not to be told.
Margot Asquith

If one cannot invent a really convincing lie, it is often better to stick to the truth.
Angela Thirkell

Truth, like surgery, may hurt, but it cures.
Han Suyin

Art for the sake of art itself is an idle sentence.  Art for the sake of truth, for the sake of what is beautiful and good—that is the creed I seek.
George Sand

Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented.
Georges Braque

The truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

My way of joking is to tell the truth; it’s the funniest joke in the world.
George Bernard Shaw

I never give them hell.  I just tell the truth and they think it’s hell.
Harry S. Truman

It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary.
Arthur J. Balfour

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
Mark Twain

Most writers regard truth as their most valuable possession, and therefore are most economical in its use.
Mark Twain

It is one thing to show a man that he is in error, and another to put him in possession of truth.
John Locke

It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.
Thomas Henry Huxley

The truth is rarely pure, and never simple.
Oscar Wilde

No human being is constituted to know the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth; and even the best of men must be content with fragments, with partial glimpses, never the full fruition.
William Osler

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
Arthur Conan Doyle

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane.
Mark Twain

It is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.
Mark Twain

The obstinate insistence that tweedledum is not tweedledee is the bone and marrow of life.
William James

The reader deserves an honest opinion.  If he doesn’t deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
John Ciardi, on the role of reviewers

There is nothing more fickle, more vague, or more powerful; yet capricious as it is, [public opinion] is nevertheless much more often true, reasonable, and just than we imagine.
Napoleon Bonaparte

One often contradicts an opinion when it is really only the tone in which it has been presented that is unsympathetic.
Wilhelm Friedrich Nietzsche

Popular opinions, on subjects not palpable to sense, are often true, but seldom or never the whole truth.
John Stuart Mill

The degree of one’s emotion varies inversely with one’s knowledge of the facts—the less you know, the hotter you get.
Bertrand Russell

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd.
Bertrand Russell

Opinion is ultimately determined by the feelings, and not by the intellect.
Herbert Spencer

Every man has a perfect right to his opinion, provided it agrees with ours.
Josh Billings

We should stop kidding ourselves.  We should let go of things that aren’t true.  It’s always better with the truth.
R. Buckminster Fuller

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie—deliberate, contrived, and dishonest—but the myth—persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic.
John F. Kennedy


Quotes About Trust

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.
Finley Peter Dunne

Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry.
Oliver Cromwell

A verbal agreement isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.
Louis B. Mayer (attrib.)

Put not your trust in princes.
Psalms 146:3

Those you trust the most can steal the most.
Lawrence Leif

I wonder men dare trust themselves with men.
William Shakespeare

Never put anything on paper, my boy, and never trust a man with a small black mustache.
P. G. Wodehouse

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can never give complete authority and overall power to anyone until trust can be proven.
Bill Cosby



Quotes About Temptation and Vice

The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for errors, and those of the poor and lonely for crimes.
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington

Why resist temptation?  There will always be more.
Don Herold

Get thee behind me, Satan.
Matthew 16:23

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41

The biggest temptation settle for too little.
Thomas Merton

I can resist everything except temptation.
Oscar Wilde

There are terrible temptations that it requires strength, strength, and courage to yield to.
Oscar Wilde

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
Abraham Lincoln

I prefer a comfortable vice to a virtue that bores.

His face was filled with broken commandments.
John Masefield

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.
Thomas Paine

Man’s chief enemy is his own unruly nature and the dark forces pent up within him.
Ernest Jones

Vice is a coward; to be truly brave, a man must be truly good.
Ignatius Sancho



Quotes About Solitude

I want to be left alone.
Greta Garbo (attrib.)

The dread of loneliness is greater than the fear of bondage, so we get married.
Cyril Connolly

God created man, and finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more.
Paul Valéry

City life: millions of people being lonesome together.
Henry David Thoreau

Be good and you will be lonesome.
Mark Twain

Hell is other people.
Jean-Paul Sartre

The strongest man in the world is the man who stands alone.
Henrik Ibsen

Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast of a god.
Francis Bacon

The individual who has experienced solitude will not easily become a victim of mass suggestion.
Albert Einstein



Quotes About Silence

What a blessing it would be if we could open and shut our ears as easily as we do our eyes.
Georg Christoph Lichtenburg

It’s better to keep one’s mouth shut and be thought a fool rather than open it and resolve all doubt.
Abraham Lincoln

Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving in words evidence of the fact.
George Eliot

Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody is listening.
Franklin P. Jones

Men of few words are the best men...
William Shakespeare

If nobody ever said anything unless he knew what he was talking about, a ghastly hush would descend upon the earth.
Alan Herbert

Be silent, or speak something worth hearing.
Thomas Fuller

I have noticed that nothing I have ever said ever did me any harm.
Calvin Coolidge

The innocent is the person who explains nothing.
Albert Camus

Many a time have I wanted to stop talking and find out what I really believed.
Walter Lippmann

Nothing so stirs a man’s conscience or excites his curiosity as a woman’s silence.
Thomas Hardy



Quotes About Religion

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
Thomas Henry Huxley

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.
Albert Einstein

Heresies are experiments in man’s unsatisfied search for truth.
H. G. Wells

The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum.
Havelock Ellis

Religion is the opiate of the masses.
Karl Marx

 [The yarmulke] is an indication that one recognizes that there is something above you.  It says, “Above my intellect is a sign of godliness.”
Rabbi Pinchas Stopler

I could prove God statistically.
George Gallup

The task of organized religion is not to prove that God was the in the first century, but that he is in the twentieth.
S. H. Miller

To be religious is to have a life that flows with the presence of the extraordinary.
Ann Belford Ulanov

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides, and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies for love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.
Alice Walker

God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other.
Reinhold Niebuhr (later adopted by Alcoholics Anonymous)

The value of persistent prayer is not that he will hear us...but that we will finally hear him.
William McGill

Until you know that life is interesting— and find it so — you haven’t found your soul.
Archbishop Geoffrey Fisher

God, it seems, is a verb, not a noun, proper or improper.
R. Buckminster Fuller

My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds.
Albert Einstein

Health is the state about which medicine has nothing to say; sanctity is the state about which theology has nothing to say.
W. H. Auden

It is as impossible for man to demonstrate the existence of God as it would be for even Sherlock Holmes to demonstrate the existence of Arthur Conan Doyle.
Frederick Buechner

You can’t divorce religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it.
Charles Caleb Colton

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace, and your soul in the joy of Christ.
Thomas Merton

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Edmund Burke

I find that the nicest and best people generally profess no religion at all, but are ready to like the best men of all religions.
Samuel Butler

I am one of those cliff-hanging Catholics.  I don’t believe in God, but I do believe that Mary was his mother.
Martin Sheen

Mothers and dads that take their children to church never get into trouble.
J. Edgar Hoover

A pretty good test of a man’s religion is how it affects his pocketbook.
Francis James Grimke

Every age thinks it is perfect, especially in religion.
William Pickens

Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.
Leroy (Satchel) Paige

While there is almost no religion operating in race relations, there is plenty of God.
Jay Saunders Redding

The government of the United States is in no sense founded upon the Christian religion. The United States is not a Christian nation any more than it is a Jewish or Mohammedan nation.
Treaty with Tripoli

If God’s got anything better than sex to offer, he’s certainly keeping it to himself.

The great god Ra, whose shrine once covered acres, is filler now for crossword puzzle makers.
Keith Preston

Who says I am not under the special protection of God?
Adolf Hitler

He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic.
Kingsley Amis

Heresy is only another word for freedom of thought.
Graham Greene

I’m a Catholic and I can’t commit suicide, but I plan to drink myself to death.
Jack Kerouac

There is only one religion, though there are a hundred versions of it.
George Bernard Shaw

Religions die when they are proved to be true.  Science is the record of dead religions.
Oscar Wilde

Christ died for our sins.  Are we to make his martyrdom meaningless by not committing them?
Jules Feiffer

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace.
Isaiah 52:7

The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
Isaiah 35:1

What hath God wrought!
Numbers 23:23

Prayer gives a man the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets.  I do not mean his maker, but himself.
Dean William R. Inge

No one can say that Christianity has failed.  It has never been tried.
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Giving away a fortune is taking Christianity too far.
Charlotte Bingham

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
Luke 23:34

The trouble with born-again Christians is that they are an even bigger pain the second time around.
Herb Caen

Christianity is one beggar telling another beggar where he found bread.
D. T. Niles

Two great European narcotics, alcohol and Christianity.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

The most stupendous system of organized robbery known has been that of the church toward woman, a robbery that has not only taken her self-respect but all rights of person; the fruits of her own industry; her opportunities of education; the exercise of her own judgment; her own conscience, her own will.
Matilda Gage

Being an Episcopalian interferes neither with my business nor my religion.
John Kendrick Bangs

Greater love hath no man than to attend the Episcopal Church with his wife.
Lyndon B. Johnson

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
H. L. Mencken


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