Virtuous men alone possess friends. [ Voltaire ]
A day, an hour of virtuous liberty,
Is worth a whole eternity in bondage. [ Addison ]
The world is ashamed of being virtuous. [ Sterne ]
It is easy to be virtuous in prospective. [ J. Petit-Senn ]
Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives;
But, though the whole world turn to coal,
Then chiefly lives. [ George Herbert ]
Policy may be virtuous as well as vicious. [ Proverb ]
For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
And though a late, a sure reward succeeds. [ William Congreve ]
He cannot be virtuous that is not rigorous. [ English Proverb, collected by George Herbert ]
He that walks with the virtuous is one of them. [ Proverb ]
Ah! that deceit should steal such gentle shapes
And with a virtuous visor hide deep vice. [ William Shakespeare, Richard III ]
To be virtuous, it does not suffice to will it. [ La Beaumelle ]
To be virtuous, is to do good, and to do it well. [ Proverb ]
A virtuous name is the only prize
Which queens and peasants' wives contest together. [ Friedrich Schiller ]
The Alphabet Of Success
Attend carefully to details.
Be prompt in all things.
Consider well, then decide positively.
Dare to do right, fear to do wrong.
Endure trials patiently.
Fight life's battles bravely.
Go not into the society of the vicious.
Hold your integrity sacred.
Injure not another's reputation.
Join hands only with the virtuous.
Keep your mind free from evil thoughts.
Lie not for any consideration.
Make few special acquaintances.
Never try to appear what you are not.
Observe good manners.
Pay your debts promptly.
Question not the verity of a friend.
Respect the desires of your parents.
Sacrifice money rather than principle.
Touch not, taste not, handle not intoxicating drinks.
Use your leisure for improvement.
Venture not upon the threshold of wrong.
Watch carefully over your passions.
Xtend to everyone a kindly greeting.
Yield not to discouragement.
Zealously labor for the right, and success is certain. [ Ladies Home Journal ]
The vicious count their years; the virtuous their acts. [ Dr. Johnson ]
The virtuous woman who falls in love is much to be pitied. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
No inheritance can supply the want of a virtuous education. [ Thomas Wilson ]
It is not always for virtue's sake that women are virtuous. [ La Rochefoucauld ]
A virtuous woman, though ugly, is the ornament of the house. [ Proverb ]
He is not a virtuous man that loves it not even in an enemy. [ Proverb ]
There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous. [ Confucius ]
Let no man value at a little price a virtuous woman's counsel. [ George Chapman ]
Collect as precious pearls the words of the wise and virtuous. [ Abd el-Kader ]
Levity of behavior is the bane of all that is good and virtuous. [ Seneca ]
There are none who are truly virtuous, but those who have combated.
The virtuous action, done for virtue's sake alone, is truly laudable. [ Marguerite de Valois ]
Wisdom is the talent of buying virtuous pleasures at the cheapest rate. [ Fielding ]
Whatever is graceful is virtuous, and whatever is virtuous is graceful. [ Cicero ]
Rarely do we meet in one combined, a beauteous body and a virtuous mind. [ Juvenal ]
Nothing more excites to everything noble and generous than virtuous love. [ Henry Home ]
It is remarkable how virtuous and generously disposed every one is at a play. [ Hazlitt ]
It is not virtuous women who are so ready to report suspicion of their sisters. [ Mme. de Krudener ]
We shall all be perfectly virtuous when there is no longer any flesh on our bones. [ Marguerite de Valois ]
There was never yet a truly great man that was not at the same time truly virtuous. [ Benjamin Franklin ]
He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy. [ King Alfred's Boethius ]
He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of daily virtuous living. [ Carlyle ]
I know not any season of life that is passed more agreeably than that of virtuous old age. [ Cicero ]
Many consent to be virtuous, only on condition that everybody will give them credit for it. [ De Finod ]
A prude exhibits her virtue in word and manner; a virtuous woman shows hers in her conduct. [ La Bruyere ]
To err is human: but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked. [ Alfieri ]
There are those who have nothing chaste but their ears, and nothing virtuous but their tongues. [ De Finod ]
She is the most virtuous woman whom Nature has made the most voluptuous, and reason the coldest. [ La Beaumelle ]
However virtuous a woman may be, a compliment on her virtue is what gives her the least pleasure. [ Prince de Ligne ]
Women complain of the lack of virtue in men, and do not esteem those who are too strictly virtuous. [ Blondel ]
We love handsome women from inclination, homely women from interest, and virtuous women from reason. [ Amelot ]
Praise from the common people is generally false, and rather follows vain persons than virtuous ones. [ Bacon ]
The Golden Rule Of Three.
Three things to be - pure, just and honest.
Three things to govern - temper, tongue and conduct.
Three things to live - courage, affection and gentleness.
Three things to love - the wise, the virtuous and the innocent.
Three things to commend - thrift, industry and promptness.
Three things about which to think - life, death and eternity.
Three things to despise - cruelty, arrogance and ingratitude.
Three things to admire - dignity, gracefulness and intellectual power.
Three things to cherish - the true, the beautiful and the good.
Three things for which to wish - health, friends and contentment.
Three things for which to fight - honor, home and country.
Three things to attain - goodness of heart, integrity of purpose and cheerfulness of disposition.
Three things to give - alms to the needy, comfort to the sad and appreciation to the worthy.
Three things to desire - the blessing of God, an approving conscience and the fellowship of the good.
Three things for which to work - a trained mind, a skilled hand and a regulated heart.
Three things for which to hope - a haven of peace, a robe of righteousness and the crown of life. [ Beattie ]
For to cast away a virtuous friend, I call as bad as to cast away one's own life, which one loves best. [ Sophocles ]
I do not know that she was virtuous; but she was always ugly, and with a woman, that is half the battle. [ Heinrich Heine ]
Nature has said to woman: Be fair if thou canst, be virtuous if thou wilt; but, considerate, thou must be. [ Beaumarchais ]
Men must have righteous principles in the first place, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions. [ Luther ]
High rank and discernment are two different things, and love for virtue and for virtuous people is a third thing. [ La Bruyère ]
When a virtuous man is raised, it brings gladness to his friends, grief to his enemies, and glory to his posterity. [ Ben Jonson ]
The virtuous woman flees from danger; she trusts more to her prudence in shunning it than in her strength to overcome it. [ J. Petit-Senn ]
Degrees of happiness vary according to the degrees of virtue, and consequently, that life which is most virtuous is most happy. [ Norris ]
God pardon them that are the cause thereof! A virtuous and a Christianlike conclusion, to pray for them that have done scath to us. [ William Shakespeare ]
The mother forms the first rudiments of the infant mind, and instills into the infant bosom the first principles of virtuous action. [ J. Iredell ]
To remain virtuous, a man has only to combat his own desires: a woman must resist her own inclinations, and the continual attack of man. [ Latena ]
Mr. Bettenham said that virtuous men were like some herbs and spices, that give not out their sweet smell till they be broken or crushed. [ Bacon ]
It is, indeed, a blessing, when the virtues of noble races are hereditary; and do derive themselves from the imitation of virtuous ancestors. [ Nabb ]
The way of the superior man is threefold - virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear. [ Confucius ]
Exploding many things under the name of trifles is a very false proof either of wisdom or magnanimity, and a great check to virtuous actions with regard to fame. [ Swift ]
A jest that makes a virtuous woman only smile, often frightens away a prude; but, when real danger forces the former to flee, the latter does not hesitate to advance. [ Latena ]
This is the part of a great man, after he has maturely weighed all circumstances, to punish the guilty, to spare the many, and in every state of fortune not to depart from an upright, virtuous conduct. [ Cicero ]
The virtuous delight in the virtuous; but he who is destitute of the practice of virtue delighteth not in the virtuous. The bee retireth from the forest to the lotus, whilst the frog is destitute of shelter. [ Hitopadesa ]
Happy season of virtuous youth, when shame is still an impassable celestial barrier, and the sacred air-castles of hope have not shrunk into the mean clay hamlets of reality, and man by his nature is yet infinite and free. [ Carlyle ]
I pick up favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence. Of these there is a very favourite one from Thomson: Attach thee firmly to the virtuous deeds
And offices of life; to life itself,
With all its vain and transient joys, sit loose. [ Burns ]
To procrastinate seems inherent in man, for if you do today that you may enjoy tomorrow it is but deferring the enjoyment; so that to be idle or industrious, vicious or virtuous, is but with a view of procrastinating the one or the other. [ B. R. Haydon ]
When we live habitually with the wicked, we become necessarily either their victim or their disciple; when we associate, on the contrary, with virtuous men, we form ourselves in imitation of their virtues, or, at least, lose every day something of our faults. [ Agapet ]
Perfect friendship puts us under the necessity of being virtuous; as it can only be preserved among esteemable persons, it forces us to resemble them; you find in friendship the surety of good counsel, the emulation of good example, sympathy in our griefs, and succor in our distress. [ Mme. de Lambert ]
He is wise who can instruct us and assist us in the business of daily virtuous living; he who trains us to see old truth under academic formularies may be wise or not, as it chances, but we love to see wisdom in unpretending forms, to recognise her royal features under a week-day vesture. [ Carlyle ]
There is no one passion which all mankind so naturally give in to as pride, nor any other passion which appears in such different disguises. It is to be found in all habits and all complexions. Is it not a question whether it does more harm or good in the world, and if there be not such a thing as what we may call a virtuous and laudable pride? [ Steele ]
I suppose as long as novels last, and authors aim at interesting their public, there must always be in the story a virtuous and gallant hero; a wicked monster, his opposite; and a pretty girl, who finds a champion. Bravery and virtue conquer beauty; and vice, after seeming to triumph through a certain number of pages, is sure to be discomfited in the last volume, when justice overtakes him, and honest folks come by their own. [ Thackeray ]