The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain their neutrality
Alighieri, Dante (Durante)
Great necessities call out great virtues.
Adams, Abigail Quincy Smith
Some virtues are only seen in affliction and others only in prosperity.
The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.
And certainly there be not two more fortunate properties, than to have a little of the fool, and not too much of the honest.
Bacon, Sir Francis
Essays: Of Fortune
Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience.
Beethoven, Ludwig van
Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; once we have left it, we can never return.
Satires (1666) satire 10, l. 167
If one is not virtuous he becomes vicious.
Bovee, Christian Nestell
If we've learned anything in the past quarter century, it is that we cannot federalize virtue.
Bush, President George Herbert Walker
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.
Virtue is like health: the harmony of the whole man.
Man seems to be capable of great virtues but not of small virtues; capable of defying his torturer but not of keeping his temper.
Chesterton, Gilbert Keith
He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire
Churchill, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Cicero, Marcus Tullius
Vice stings us even in our pleasures, but virtue consoles us, even in our pains.
Colton, Charles Caleb
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbours.
Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
Blushing is the color of virtue
Virtuous people are simply those who have not been tempted sufficiently, because they live in a vegetative state, or because their purposes are so concentrated in one direction that they have not had the leisure to glance around them.
The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
No virtue is more universally accepted as a test of good character than trustworthiness.
Fosdick, Harry Emerson
A little virtue will never hurt you.
Wickedness is always easier than virtue, for it takes a short cut to everything.
Johnson, Dr Samuel
Seven deadly sins: politics without principle; wealth without work; pleasure without conscience; knowledge without character; business without morality; science without humanity; and worship without sacrifice
Jones, Dr E. Stanley
It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honourably.