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Virtue Quotes

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.

Author: Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

Profession: British Political Writer, Statesman

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.

Author: William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)

Profession: American Writer

If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue.

Author: George Bush (1924)

Profession: Forty-first President of the USA

A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner, but more durable alloy.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Virtue knows that it is impossible to get on without compromise, and tunes herself, as it were, a trifle sharp to allow for an inevitable fall in playing.

Author: Samuel Butler (1612-1680)

Profession: British Poet, Satirist

Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principle of evil.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author

The chief assertion of religious morality is that white is a color. Virtue is not the absence of vices or the avoidance of moral dangers; virtue is a vivid and separate thing, like pain or a particular smell.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

Author: Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Virtue is its own reward.

Author: Marcus T. Cicero

Profession: Great Roman Orator, Politician

We may eventually come to realize that chastity is no more a virtue than malnutrition.

Author: Alexander Comfort

Profession:

I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher