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



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