Virtue Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old virtue quotes, virtue sayings, and virtue proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends—honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout history. Barack Obama
Auspicious queen, thine heav'nly pinions spread, / And lead celestial Chastity along' Lo! / Now her sacred retinue descends, / Array'd in glory from the orbs above. / Attend me, Virtue, thro' my youthful years! / But guide my steps to endless life and bliss. Phillis Wheatley
Honor is truly sacred, but holds a lower rank in the scale of moral excellence than virtue. John Adams
Tis substantially true, that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. George Washington
Every virtuous example has powerful impressions in early youth. Many years of vice and vicious examples do not erase from the mind seeds sown in early life. They take a deep root, and tho often crop'd will spring again. Abigail Adams
It is not safe to trust to the virtue of any people. Alexander Hamilton
Encourage all your virtuous dispositions, and exercise them whenever an opportunity arises; being assured that they will gain strength by exercise, as a limb of the body does, and that exercise will make them habitual. From the practice of the purest virtue, you may be assured you will derive the most sublime comforts in every moment of life, and in the moment of death. Thomas Jefferson
Virtue is the truest nobility. Miguel de Cervantes
Virtue is the performance of pleasant actions. James Stephens
Virtue was sufficient of herself for happiness. Diogenes Laertius
Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul. Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
Men are equal; it is not birth but virtue that makes the difference. Voltaire
Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs. Claude Helvetius
Virtue and riches seldom settle on one man. Niccolo Machiavelli
Virtue is certainly the most noble and secure possession a man can have. Richard Savage
Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold. Ludwig van Beethoven
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm. John Dryden
All virtue is summed up in dealing justly. Aristotle
The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it. Lord Macaulay
There are virtues which become crimes by exaggeration. Alexandre Dumas the Elder
We should cease to grow the moment we cease to discriminate between virtue and vice. Mahatma Gandhi
To be innocent is to be not guilty; but to be virtuous is to overcome our evil feelings and intentions. William Penn
I always admired virtue—but I could never imitate it. Charles II
No virtue is safe that is not enthusiastic. Sir John Seeley
Who follows not virtue in youth cannot fly sin in old age. Italian Proverb
Always, in times of stress, it is the simple virtues that really count. John Winant
The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize. Richard Milnes
Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world. Euripides
Even virtue followed beyond reason's rule may stamp the just man knave, the sage a fool. Horace
In all circumstances, try to cultivate virtue. Buddha