Quotations On Virtue

Virtue alone is sweet society,
It keeps the key to all heroic hearts,
And opens you a welcome in them all.—Emerson.
Virtue maketh men on the earth famous, in their graves illustrious, in the heavens immortal.—Child.

When we pray for any virtue, we should cultivate the virtue as well as pray for it; the form of your prayers should be the rule of your life.—Jeremy Taylor.

To be ambitious of true honor, of the true glory and perfection of our natures, is the very principle and incentive of virtue.—Sir P. Sidney.

Virtue is everywhere the same, because it comes from God, while everything else is of men.—Voltaire.

Know then this truth, enough for man to know,
Virtue alone is happiness below.—Pope.

Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.—Helvetius.

The virtue of a man ought to be measured not by his extraordinary exertions, but by his every-day conduct.—Pascal.

The only impregnable citadel of virtue is religion; for there is no bulwark of mere morality which some temptation may not overtop, or undermine and destroy.—Sir P. Sidney.

Virtue consisteth of three parts: temperance, fortitude, and justice.—Epicurus
What nothing earthly gives, or can destroy,
The soul's calm sunshine, and the heart-felt joy,
Is virtue's prize.—Pope.
  • Virtue is not to be considered in the light of mere innocence, or abstaining from harm; but as the exertion of our faculties in doing good.—Bishop Butler.
  • Live virtuously, my lord, and you cannot die too soon, nor live too long.—Lady Rachel Russell.
  • If you can be well without health, you can be happy without virtue.—Burke.
  • Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make happy, not gold.—Beethoven
Well may your heart believe the truths I tell;
'Tis virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell.—Collins.
  • An effort made with ourselves for the good of others, with the intention of pleasing God alone.—Bernardin de St. Pierre.
  • Good sense, good health, good conscience, and good fame,—all these belong to virtue, and all prove that virtue has a title to your love.—Cowper.
  • Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.—J. Petit-Senn.
O let us still the secret joy partake,
To follow virtue even for virtue's sake.—Pope.
  • I would be virtuous for my own sake, though nobody were to know it; as I would be clean for my own sake, though nobody were to see me.—Shaftesbury.
  • Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where he made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted, not with forests, but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities, and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint.—Beecher.