Virtuous quotes & sayings

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Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. - Maya Angelou

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous. - Confucius

There is no act, however virtuous, for which ingenuity may not find some bad motive. - Thomas Jefferson

So our lives In acts exemplary, not only win Ourselves good Names, but doth to others give Matter for virtuous Deeds, by which we live. - George Chapman

If, Sir, men were all virtuous, I should with great alacrity teach them all to fly. But what would be the security of the good if the bad could at pleasure invade them from the sky? Against an army sailing through the clouds neither wall, nor mountains, nor seas could afford any security. - Samuel Johnson

He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits. - Lao Tzu [Lao Tse, Laozi]

There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade. - Francois de la Rochefoucauld

There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens as excite neither shame nor sorrow. - Samuel Johnson