Virtue Quotes

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Maya Angelou
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

Rainer Maria Rilke
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

Mae West
“When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad, I'm better. ”
Mae West

Charles Baudelaire
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire

Elizabeth  Taylor
“The problem with people who have no vices is that generally you can be pretty sure they're going to have some pretty annoying virtues.”
Elizabeth Taylor

Winston S. Churchill
“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

[On British Labour politician Stafford Cripps.]
Winston S. Churchill, Wealth, War, and Wisdom

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“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, The Great Gatsby

Czesław Miłosz
“In a room where
people unanimously maintain
a conspiracy of silence,
one word of truth
sounds like a pistol shot.”
Czesław Miłosz

Billy Joel
“I'd rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.”
Billy Joel

Joss Whedon
“Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.”
Joss Whedon

Aristotle
“It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.”
Aristotle, Selected Writings From The Nicomachean Ethics And Politics

Ayn Rand
“It's easy to run to others. It's so hard to stand on one's own record. You can fake virtue for an audience. You can't fake it in your own eyes. Your ego is your strictest judge. They run from it. They spend their lives running. It's easier to donate a few thousand to charity and think oneself noble than to base self-respect on personal standards of personal achievement. It's simple to seek substitutes for competence--such easy substitutes: love, charm, kindness, charity. But there is no substitute for competence.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

John Steinbeck
“We value virtue but do not discuss it. The honest bookkeeper, the faithful wife, the earnest scholar get little of our attention compared to the embezzler, the tramp, the cheat.”
John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Joseph Smith Jr.
“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.

Joss Whedon
“I'd rather make a show 100 people need to see, than a show that 1000 people want to see.”
Joss Whedon

Erich Fromm
“There is perhaps no phenomenon which contains so much destructive feeling as 'moral indignation,' which permits envy or hate to be acted out under the guise of virtue.”
Erich Fromm, Man for Himself: An Inquiry into the Psychology of Ethics

Sigmund Freud
“The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.”
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams

Mary Wollstonecraft
“It is vain to expect virtue from women till they are in some degree independent of men.”
Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Edmund Burke
“But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.”
Edmund Burke

Voltaire
“It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.”
Voltaire

Ayn Rand
“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

Confucius
“The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”
(Analects 4.9)”
Confucius

James Baldwin
“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.”
James Baldwin, Giovanni's Room

Jim Butcher
“‎It isn't enough to stand up and fight darkness. You've got to stand apart from it, too. You've got to be different from it.”
Jim Butcher, Fool Moon

Friedrich Nietzsche
“We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Brandon Sanderson
“... everyone knows that ice cream is worth the trouble of being cold. Like all things virtuous, you have to suffer to gain the reward.”
Brandon Sanderson, The Rithmatist

George Washington
“Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.

George Washington

Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
“Humanity is not perfect in any fashion; no more in the case of evil than in that of good. The criminal has his virtues, just as the honest man has his weaknesses.”
Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses

Philippa Gregory
“You have to choose the best, every day, without compromise...guided by your own virtue and highest ambition”
Philippa Gregory

Aristotle
“...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

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