Quotes for
the Journey:

Virtue

   
Few are those who wish to
be endowed with virtue
rather than to seem so.

Marcus Tullius Cicero
De Amicitia

   

When even one virtue becomes our nature, the mind becomes clean and tranquil. Then there is no need to practice meditation; we will automatically be meditating always.     -Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras

   
Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.     -Victor Hugo, Les MisÚrables
   
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
    
The virtuous person contents him- or herself with dreaming that which the wicked person does in actual life.     -Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
  
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.     -Maya Angelou
  
I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.     -Ernest Hemingway

    
Virtue is the art of the whole life.     -Philo
   
Suffering--how divine it is, how misunderstood!  We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.     -Anatole France, The Garden of Epicurus
  
The moral virtues are habits, an habits are formed by acts.     -Robert M. Hutchins
  
Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume.     -French proverb
  
To bring forth and preserve, to produce without possessing, to act without hope of reward, and to expand without waste, this is the supreme virtue.     -Lao-tzu
  
Crusaders for virtue are an awkward embarrassment for any society; they force us to make choices:  either side with them, which is difficult and dangerous, or condemn them, which leads to self-betrayal.     -Edward Abbey
  
I cannot praise a fugitive and cloistered virtue, unexercised and unheeded, that never sallies out and sees her adversary, but slinks out of the race, where that immortal garland is to be run for, not without dust and heat.     -John Milton
  
Whatever things are true, whatever things are honest, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think of these things.     -Philippians 4:8
   
Absolute virtue is as sure to kill a person as absolute vice is, let alone the dullness of it and the pomposities of it.     -Samuel Butler
  
Virtues are virtues because they give joy once they are practiced.  If a virtue does not give joy, it is not a virtue.     -Hazrat Inayat Khan
  

  
Superior virtue is not conscious of itself as virtue, and so really is a virtue.  Inferior virtue cannot let go of being virtuous, and so is not virtue.  Superior virtue does not seem to be busy, and yet there is nothing which it does not accomplish.  Inferior virtue is always busy, and yet in the end leaves things undone.     -Lao-tzu
  
It has been my experience that people who have no vices have very few virtues.     -Abraham Lincoln
  
To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. . . gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.     -Confucius
  
The fragrance of the flower is never borne against the breeze; but the fragrance of human virtues diffuses itself everywhere.     -unattributed
  
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
  
There is plenty of evidence for an Original Virtue underlying Original Sin. . . .The knowledge that there is a central chamber of the soul, blazing with the light of divine love and wisdom, has come, in the course of history, to multitudes of human beings.     -Aldous Huxley
  
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
  
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.     -Joseph Butler
  
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.     -Confucius
  

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