200+ Best Virtue Quotes And Sayings

Virtue is a word that we hear a lot, but we don’t always know what it means. If we do know, though, we’re not sure if we can live up to it. And that’s where the following collection of virtuous quotes comes in handy. Whether it’s something as simple as “kindness is its own reward” or as complex as “love is the virtue that chastity and justice make perfect,” these quotes will show you how far you can go as a person of virtue.

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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. Ayn Rand
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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. . Unknown
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...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.... Aristotle
Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular...
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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. Aristotle
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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. John Henry Jowett
Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for...
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Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. A.W. Tozer
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Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God. Joseph Smith Jr.
Every one suspects himself of at least one of the...
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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. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Know you not that a good man does nothing for...
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Know you not that a good man does nothing for appearance sake, but for the sake of having done right? Epictetus
It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are...
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It is easy to be conspicuously 'compassionate' if others are being forced to pay the cost. Murray N. Rothbard
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..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. Plato
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Atheism leaves a man to sense, to philosophy, to natural piety, to laws, to reputation; all which may be guides to an outward moral virtue, though religion were not; but superstition dismounts all these, and erecteth an absolute monarchy in the minds of men. Therefore atheism did never perturb states; for it makes men wary of themselves, as looking no further: and we see the times inclined to atheism (as the time of Augustus Cæsar) were civil times. But superstition hath been the confusion of many states, and bringeth in a new primum mobile, that ravisheth all the spheres of government. The master of superstition is the people; and in all superstition wise men follow fools; and arguments are fitted to practice, in a reversed order. . Francis Bacon
The good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires...
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The good which every man, who follows after virtue, desires for himself he will also desire for other men... Baruch Spinoza
Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle...
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Discourse on virtue and they pass by in droves. Whistle and dance and shimmy, and you've got an audience! Unknown
I pretend not to be a champion of that same...
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I pretend not to be a champion of that same naked virtue called truth, to the very outrance. I can consent that her charms be hidden with a veil, were it but for decency's sake. Walter Scott
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Virtue comes through contemplation of the divine, and the exercise of philosophy. But it also comes through public service. The one is incomplete without the other. Power without wisdom is tyranny; wisdom without power is pointless. Iain Pears
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[Men] prefer the foolish belief and the passions of the earth [to the enlightenment of their souls]. They believe the absurd and shrink from the truth."" No, they do not. They are afraid, that is all. And they must remain on earth until they come to the way of leaving it."" And how do they leave? How is the ascent made? Must one learn virtue?" Here she laughs. "You have read too much, and learned too little. Virtue is a road, not a destination. Man cannot be virtuous. Understanding is the goal. When that is achieved, the soul can take wing. Iain Pears
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I have brought peace to this land, and security, " he began." And what of your soul, when you use the cleverness of argument to cloak such acts? Do you think that the peace of a thousand cancels out the unjust death of one single person? It may be desirable, it may win you praise from those who have happily survived you and prospered from your deeds, but you have committed ignoble acts, and have been too proud to own them. I have waited patiently here, hoping that you would come to me, for if you understood, then some of your acts would be mitigated. But instead you send me this manuscript, proud, magisterial, and demonstrating only that you have understood nothing at all."" I returned to public life on your advice, madam, " he said stiffly." Yes; I advised it. I said if learning must die it should do so with a friend by its bedside. Not an assassin. Iain Pears
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Olivier took a deep breath, then turned and bowed in farewell. Gersonides nodded in return, then thought of something." The manuscript you brought me, by that bishop. It argues that understanding is more important than movement. That action is virtuous only if it reflects pure comprehension, and that virtue comes from the comprehension, not the action." Olivier frowned. "So?""Dear boy, I must tell you a secret."" What?"" I do believe it is wrong. Iain Pears
Reflect that nothing merits admiration except thespirit, the impressiveness of...
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Reflect that nothing merits admiration except thespirit, the impressiveness of which prevents it from being impressed by anything. Seneca