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La RochefoucauldOur virtues are most frequently but vices in disguise.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

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Marquis de SadeHappiness is based on the five senses, while virtue cannot satisfy any of them.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

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Georg Christoph LichtenbergVirtue by premeditation isn't worth much.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

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Friedrich Nietzsche“Forgive us our virtues.” That is what we should ask of our neighbors.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Sacha GuitryHonest women are inconsolable for the mistakes they haven't made.

—  Sacha Guitry, 1885-1957, French writer

Winston ChurchillHe has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

     (on British Labour politician Stafford Cripps)

Zig ZiglarBe strong, but not rude; Be kind, but not weak; Be bold, but not bully; Be humble, but not timid; Be proud, but not arrogant.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

Friedrich NietzscheWhen virtue has slept, she will get up more refreshed.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

Baruch SpinozaHappiness is a virtue, not its reward.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Ambrose BierceVirtues, n. pl. Certain abstentions.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Abraham LincolnIt's my experience that folks who have no vices have generally very few virtues.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Somerset MaughamAs if a woman ever loved a man for his virtue.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Thomas PaineModeration in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.

—  Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, English-American writer

Marquis de SadeIn order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Will DurantIt is one of the most culpable oversights of nature that virtue and beauty so often come in separate packages.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Eugene O’NeillYou're worse than decent. You're virtuous.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

William ShakespeareSome rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Measure for Measure

DanteConsider your origin. You were not formed to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge.

—  Dante, 1265-1321, Italian poet


Ancient Greek

AristotleWar is a school for virtue.

Πόλεμος γαρ σχολείον αρετής εστί.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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AntisthenesThe wise man would regulate his conduct as a citizen, not according to the established laws, but according to the law of virtue.

Τον σοφόν ού κατά τους κειμένους νόμους πολιτεύσεσθαι, αλλά κατά τον της αρετής.

—  Antisthenes, 445-360 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher










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