Quotation Explorer - 'Virtues'

Self-leaders are still true leaders even if they have no known followers. True leaders inspire by the influence of their characters and general self-made brands. Leadership is defined by the virtues of one's behaviour. - Israelmore Ayivor
Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer."[1967 interview] - Ray Bradbury
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. - Maya Angelou
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. - Colossians 3 14
For a nation to be truly wealthy, it must possess a wealth of virtues. - Sunday Adelaja
Love is a combination of virtues. The amount you receive from someone is based on the percentage of those virtues learned and applied. Unhappiness in a relationship is not a lack of love, but a lack of virtues in the percentages your significant other needs. - Shannon L. Alder
You cannot be kind unless you have all the other virtues. - C.S. Lewis
By practicing the virtues we cultivate the soil from which healthy emotions sprout; by letting go of our character defects we drain the swamp in which diseased emotions breed. p. 52 - Ray A
PILLORY, n. A mechanical device for inflicting personal distinction -- prototype of the modern newspaper conducted by persons of austere virtues and blameless lives. - Ambrose Bierce
If you consider what are called the virtues in mankind, you will find their growth is assisted by education and cultivation. - Xenophon
Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. - Samuel Johnson
Love, forgiveness, modesty, humility and gratitude are most important virtues in life. - P. Remes
[R]aising children ... was about identifying and amplifying their strengths and virtues, and helping them find the niche where they can live these positive traits to the fullest. - Martin E.P. Seligman
Patience and persistence are the keys... The keys to unlock doors of success... With these two virtues, you grow in reasoning and experience. - Ogwo David Emenike
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues. - Abraham Lincoln
For a leader, courage, love, and passion for service are the virtues of life. - Debasish Mridha
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
When virtues are pointed out first, flaws seem less insurmountable. - Judith Martin
The greatest minds are capable of the greatest vices as well as of the greatest virtues. - Rene Descartes
Music like religion, unconditionally brings in its train all the moral virtues to the heart it enters, even though that heart is not in the least worthy. - Jean Baptiste Montegut
The truth therefore is that great nations become great not because of their amount of wealth an Great nations become great thanks to their wealth of truth, honesty and other virtues the natural resources. - Sunday Adelaja
Let their faculties have room to unfold, and their virtues to gain strength, and then determine where the whole sex must stand in the intellectual scale. - Mary Wollstonecraft
The virtues of character, behavioural patterns determine how great a nation and people are. - Sunday Adelaja
We learn our virtues from our friends who love us; our faults from the enemy who hates us. We cannot easily discover our real character from a friend. He is a mirror, on which the warmth of our breath impedes the clearness of the reflection.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper. - G. K. Chesterton
The mind is an instrument made up of universal consciousness, egocentric consciousness, societal consciousness, along with education, values, virtues, judgment and wisdom. - Debasish Mridha
No one gossips about other people's secret virtues. - Bertrand Russell
The humiliating climbdown, the necessary deception, and stepping over one's pride: they should each have their honoured place in a modern account of the political virtues. - Jonathan Glover
As a nation, develop your wealth of virtues and watch yourself live better than most countries who brag themselves in their virtues of natural wealth - Sunday Adelaja
Unless I accept my faults, I will most certainly doubt my virtues. - Hugh Prather
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. - C. S. Lewis
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
People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people's minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues. - Elizabeth Gaskell
Whoever feels pain in hearing a good character of his neighbor, will feel a pleasure in the reverse. And those who despair to rise in distinction by their virtues, are happy if others can be depressed to a level of themselves. - Benjamin Franklin
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. - Sir Winston Churchill
Patience is the greatest of all virtues. - Cato the Elder
Force and fraud are in war the two cardinal virtues. - Thomas Hobbes
Be not ashamed of thy virtues; honor's a good brooch to wear in a man's hat at all times. - Ben Jonson
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. - Socrates
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons. - Aristotle
Virtues are acquired through endeavor, Which rests wholly upon yourself. So, to praise others for their virtues Can but encourage one's own efforts.
Life and history have repeatedly taught us that values and virtues are far much stronger than the physical wealth we often see. For material wealth emanates from values and virtues. - Sunday Adelaja
VIRTUES, n.pl. Certain abstentions. - Ambrose Bierce
You don’t love because: you love despite; not for the virtues, but despite the faults. - William Faulkner
In the ignorant state, there is a ‘limit’ for good qualities, it is known as the self-pride. Self-serving pride (swa-maan) is the limit of virtues in the realm of ignorance. - Dada Bhagwan
If you venture to be a sageLet your virtues subside your rageFor deep wisdom you’ll be veneratedLet cold veins feel blood cells generated - Munia Khan
I'd rather live a life I truly love by spending my time doing things I love and have that be my only life rather than devote myself to someone who can't be proven exists at all that wants our time and our love more than our virtues simply just so I can live again - Anonymous
Priceless virtues are love, peace, joy, kindness, gentleness, goodness, long-suffering, patience faithfulness and self-control. - Lailah Gifty Akita
There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained. - Winston S. Churchill
Material wealth don’t just come and go, they come to stay as long as the virtues remain in the fabric of a nation - Sunday Adelaja
Sometimes we may learn more from a man's errors, than from his virtues. - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
HYPOCRITE, n. One who, profession virtues that he does not respect secures the advantage of seeming to be what he depises. - Ambrose Bierce
It doesn't matter that Cathy was what I have called a monster. Perhaps we can't understand Cathy, but on the other hand we are capable of many things in all directions, of great virtues and great sins. And who in his mind has not probed the black water? - John Steinbeck
Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount. - Clare Booth Luce
EPITAPH, n. An inscription on a tomb, showing that virtues acquired by death have a retroactive effect. Following is a touching example: Here lie the bones of Parson Platt, Wise, pious, humble and all that, Who showed us life as all should live it; Let that be said -- and God forgive it! - Ambrose Bierce
Great necessities call out great virtues. - Abigail Adams
A man's shortcomings are taken from his epoch; his virtues and greatness belong to himself. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues. - Thomas Hobbes
An in-depth study of the true reason for greatness of nations, will always lead a thorough researcher to the factor of virtues and values - Sunday Adelaja
Love is the queen of virtues. - Matshona Dhliwayo
Nor is it always in the most distinguished achievements that men's virtues or vices may be best discovered: but very often an action of small note, a short saying, or a jest, shall distinguish a person's real character more than the greatest sieges, or the most important battle. - Plutarch
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. - Nikola Tesla
Courage is God's way of testing the virtues you profess to have and your level of commitment to everything you think you are. - Shannon L. Alder
Variability is one of the virtues of a woman. It avoids the crude requirement of polygamy. So long as you have one good wife you are sure to have a spiritual harem". - G.K. Chesterton
To love truth for truth's sake is the principal part of human perfection in this world, and the seed-plot of all other virtues. - John Locke
A strict observance of the written laws is doubtless one of the high virtues of a good citizen, but it is not the highest. The laws of necessity, of self preservation, of saving our country when in danger, are of higher obligation. - Thomas Jefferson
Just as meekness is in all our virtues, so is pride in all our sins. -Oct 1986 - Neal A Maxwell
Men are more easily governed through their vices than through their virtues. - Napoléon Bonaparte
Virtues are the internal qualities that allow us to be our best selves and enable us to lead complete and fulfilling lives. - Jonathan V. Last
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them. - Socrates
No company is preferable to bad. We are more apt to catch the vices of others than virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health. - Charles Caleb Colton
Although the many virtues that courtesans possessed were employed to defy circumstances, the role they played depended on the same circumstances over which they triumphed- conditions which to, fortunately for modern women, no longer exist. - Susan Griffin
Asking children to grow virtues hydroponically, looking only within themselves for guidance, is like asking each one to invent a personal language―a pointless and isolating task if there is no community with whom to speak. - Jonathan Haidt
People in every nation behave and respond according to the values and virtues upon which they were raised. We all are a product of our environment. - Sunday Adelaja
Rather do what is nothing in the purpose than to be idle, that the devil may find thee doing. The bird that sits is easily shot when the fliers escape the fowler. Idleness is the Dead Sea that swallows all the virtues, and is the self-made sepulcher of a living man. - Francis Quarles
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example. - Niccolò Machiavelli
The result of mindful awareness is the development of our virtues, which are the basic positive building blocks of our life. - Janet Gallagher Nestor
Courting is an activity where a man and a woman flaunt their virtues. Dating is an activity where life exposes the other’s vices. - Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit. - Aristotle
The goal of parenting is to create self-sufficient virtues in children. Applying external pressure and punishments tends to teach them fear-based compliance rather than the internalization of moral standards. - Stefan Molyneux
The home is the chief school of human virtues. - William Ellery Channing
When the citizens of a nation have been made to love and adhere to values and virtues, then they make better choices. - Sunday Adelaja
Search others for their virtues, thyself for thy vices. - Benjamin Franklin
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. - Cicero
If you live long enough, the venerability factor creeps in; first, you get accused of things you never did, and later, credited for virtues you never had. - I. F. Stone
Some seek only the appearance of justice and virtues. Some seek real justice and virtues. Some others are too lazy to search at all. - Klaudio Marashi
They punish you for all your virtues. They forgive you entirely--your mistakes. - Friedrich Nietzsche
If thou desire to purchase honor with thy wealth, consider first how that wealth became thine; if thy labor got it, let thy wisdom keep it; if oppression found it, let repentance restore it; if thy parent left it, let thy virtues deserve it; so shall thy honor be safer, better and cheaper. - Francis Quarles
If the churches, mosques and other religious centres could come together to embrace a nation’s value system, and then set out to disciple the nation in these values and virtues, then the greatness of such a nation is inevitable. - Sunday Adelaja
More than half of my life is past; I have left only the time I need for turning the rest of it to account and for effacing my errors by my virtues. - Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I want to be a transitory fallen, lifted up by virtues every time. - Munia Khan
Gratitude is one of the virtues of the noble man. It is the hallmark of a life lived well. It is a trademark of the righteous man. It is an attribute that significantly impacts on your personal happiness and how sound your relationship will be with others. - Sesan Kareem
When we have faith and discipline everything becomes easier. Patience is the mother of all virtues. With anxiety all our lives become worse. - Chico Xavier
When value systems are embraced by a nation, when the citizens of a country are truly rich in virtues, then material wealth is a matter of time. - Sunday Adelaja
When value systems are embraced by a nation, when the citizens of a country are truly rich in virtues, then material wealth is a matter of time. Moreover, these material wealth don’t just come and go, they come to stay as long as the virtues remain in the fabric of the nation - Sunday Adelaja
Not to be cheered by praise, Not to be grieved by blame, But to know thoroughly ones own virtues or powers Are the characteristics of an excellent man. - Saskya Pandita
DIGESTION, n. The conversion of victuals into virtues. When the process is imperfect, vices are evolved instead -- a circumstance from which that wicked writer, Dr. Jeremiah Blenn, infers that the ladies are the greater sufferers from dyspepsia. - Ambrose Bierce
Virtues are common, but the virtuous are very few. This is because ordinarily, people know but do not apply what they know. To break the culture, look for more information; learn more and apply more. This is wisdom. - Israelmore Ayivor
Certainly all virtues are very dear to God, but humility pleases Him above all the others, and it seems that He can refuse it nothing. - Francis de Sales
Much better stay in company!To love you must have someone else,Giving requires a legatee,Good neighbours need whole parishfulsOf folk to do it on - in short,Our virtues are all social; if,Deprived of solitude, you chafe,It's clear you're not the virtuous sort. - Philip Larkin
Cultural values change with times, unless they are built on an absolute standard of values and virtues. This standard must be afterwards well-guarded and protected. - Sunday Adelaja
Virtues are formed by prayer.Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy.Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven. - St. Ephrem of Syria
Kindness may be the most difficult of virtues, but when I have encountered it, it has meant everything to me. - George Hodgman
How many men do you personally know whom you would typically classify as Kind, Gentle and Loving...I'm guessing the list is not very long. Now think of the women whose lives are characterized by those same virtues. I'm going to go with, that list is probably much longer. - Dennis James
Be to her virtues very kind. Be to her faults a little blind. - Matthew Prior
The passions are the seeds of vices as well as of virtues, from which either may spring, accordingly as they are nurtured. Unhappy they who have never been taught the art to govern them! - Ann Radcliffe
The strongest, most generous, and proudest of all virtues is true courage. - Michel de Montaigne
Unfortunately, we do not often see the advantages in the power of values and virtues. We are easily taken away by physical wealth, material possessions and the power of money. - Sunday Adelaja
The modern virtues fail because they concern the outer self, the human facade, the part of ourselves the world sees most readily while the classical virtues form an organizing framework for our inner selves… for our souls. - Jonathan V. Last
Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. - Clare Booth Luce
No company is preferable to bad, because we are more apt to catch the vices of others than their virtues, as disease is far more contagious than health.
For a nation to be truly great, she must first identify her national values, enumerate her virtues and formulate her value system. But the most tasking of all these is to develop a culture in her people, that will best represent the proclaimed value systems of the nation. - Sunday Adelaja
There are great virtues in a conservative attitude towards structural features of government. The sudden abandonment of institutions is an act that reverberates in ways no one can predict and many come to regret. - Alexander Bickel
Though ambition itself be a vice, yet it is often times the cause of virtues. - Quintilian
The man who willeth to do well... we should extol his virtues and speak not of his faults behind his back.
The percentage of the citizenry that embrace and identify with the nation’s virtues, with the nation’s value system, determine the true wealth of that nation - Sunday Adelaja
Men's evil manners live in brass; their virtues we write in water. - William Shakespeare
Of all the varieties of virtues, liberalism is the most beloved. - Aristotle
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Amongst all the virtues, high awareness is the most precious one! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Virtues untie the knots that life could sometimes bring our way and they glide us through easily. - Omoakhuana Anthonia
Let us make our way through these low valleys of the humble and little virtues. We shall see in them the roses amid the thorns, charity that shows its beauty among interior and exterior afflictions, the lilies of purity. - Francis de Sales
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. - Maya Angelou
If we can spend more time uprooting vices and rooting virtues, our world will be safer and better. - Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
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