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113 Virtue Quotes

Reputation is rarely proportioned to virtue.

St. Francis de Sales Quotes

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No man can purchase his virtue too dear, for it is the only thing whose value must ever increase with the price it has cost us. Our integrity is never worth so much as when we have parted with our all to keep it.

Ovid Quotes

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Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau Quotes

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Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.

Anne Herbert Quotes

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Curse on his virtues! they've undone his country.

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

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Sweet are the slumbers of the virtuous man!

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: Cato (act IV, sc. 4)

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If there's a power above us, (and that there is all nature cries aloud Through all her works) he must delight in virtue.

Joseph Addison Quotes , Source: Cato (act V, sc. 1)

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One's outlook is a part of his virtue.

Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes , Source: Concord Days--April Outlook

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Virtue and sense are one; and, trust me, still A faithless heart betrays the head unsound.

John Armstrong Quotes , Source: Art of Preserving Health (bk. IV, l. 265)

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Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul, Is the best gift of Heaven: a happiness That even above the smiles and frowns of fate Exalts great Nature's favourites: a wealth That ne'er encumbers, nor can be transferr'd.

John Armstrong Quotes , Source: Art of Preserving Health (bk. IV, l. 284)

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Certainly virtue is like precious odours, most fragrant when they are incensed or crushed.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Adversity

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Virtue is like a rich stone, best plain set.

Francis Bacon Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Beauty

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Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul. [Fr., La vertu d'un coeur noble est la marque certaine.]

Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux Quotes , Source: Satires (V, 42)

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What shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.

Edmund Burke Quotes , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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Virtue is not malicious; wrong done her Is righted even when men grant they err.

George Chapman Quotes , Source: Monsieur D'Olive (act I, sc. 1, l. 127)

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That which leads us to the performance of duty by offering pleasure as its reward, is not virtue, but a deceptive copy and imitation of virtue. [Lat., Nam quae voluptate, quasi mercede aliqua, ad officium impellitur, ea non est virtus sed fallax imitatio simulatioque virtutis.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Academici (IV, 46)

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Honor is the reward of virtue. [Lat., Honor est premium virtutis.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Brutus (LXXXI)

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Fewer possess virtue, than those who wish us to believe that they possess it. [Lat., Virtute enim ipsa non tam multi praediti esse, quam videri volunt.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: De Amicitia (XXVI)

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It is the stain and disgrace of the age to envy virtue, and to be anxious to crush the very flower of dignity. [Lat., Est haec saeculi labes quaedam et macula virtuti invidere, velle ipsum florem dignitatis infringere.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Gratio Pro Lucio Cornelio Balbo (VI)

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In the approach to virtue there are many steps. [Lat., In virtute sunt multi adscensus.]

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XXV)

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

Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) Quotes , Source: Rhetorical Invention (bk. II, sc. LIII)

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Virtue is indeed its own reward. [Lat., Ipsa quidem pretium virtus sibi.]

Claudian (Claudianus) Quotes , Source: De Consulatu Mallii--Theodorii Panegyris (V, I)

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Well may your heart believe the truths I tell; 'Tis virtue makes the bliss, where'er we dwell.

Wilkie (William) Collins Quotes , Source: Eclogue I (l. 5, Selim)

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All great virtues become great men. [Fr., Toutes grandes vertus conviennent aux grands hommes.]

Pierre Corneille Quotes , Source: Notes de Corneille par La Rochefoucauld

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The only amarantine flower on earth Is virtue.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. III, l. 268)

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