Quotes — Virtue (17 entries)

A little study of humility…

There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge in the world.

— St. Teresa of Avila [via]

« πλ | 23 Dec 2004 »

A pure heart means…

A pure heart means a single heart, a heart in which only one desire lives: love.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 17 Mar 2006 »

Because It’s Right

On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question, “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

« πλ | 17 Jan 2005 »

Bound to bear patiently…

Everyone is bound to bear patiently the results of his own behavior.

— Phaedrus [via]

« πλ | 3 Aug 2006 »

Grace of God is in Courtesy…

Of Courtesy, it is much less
Than Courage of Heart or Holiness,
Yet in my walks it seems to me
That the Grace of God is in Courtesy

— Hilaire Belloc

« πλ | 8 Sep 2004 »

Humility and Pride are…

Humility is the marriage bond of Heaven. Pride is the frigidity of Hell.

— Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

« πλ | 29 Sep 2004 »

If we possessed every virtue, but…

If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last.

— St. Vincent de Paul [via]

« πλ | 29 Dec 2004 »

Or it is no virtue at all…

Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all; forgiving means to pardon the unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all; faith means believing the unbelievable, or it is no virtue at all; and to hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all.

— G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy [via]

« πλ | 27 May 2006 »

Purity of heart…

Purity of heart is to will one thing.

— Søren Kierkegaard

To will is an action, but purity also connotates a state of being. Doing comes from being, being from doing. Purity of heart is all directed to the one thing—the good.

« πλ | 5 Jan 2006 »

The mark of a good prayer life…

The mark of a good prayer life is not abundant consolation, but growth in the virtues.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | 7 Jun 2005 »

The web of our life is…

The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill, together; our virtues would be proud if our faults whipped them not, and our crimes would despair if they were not cherished by our virtues.

— William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well [via]

« πλ | 21 May 2006 »


Tolerance is the virtue of men with no convictions.

— G.K. Chesterton

« πλ | 7 Sep 2005 »

Try to acquire those virtues…

Try to acquire those virtues which you think your brothers lack, and you will no longer see their defects, because you will not have them yourselves.

— St. Augustine [via]

« πλ | 15 Sep 2006 »

Where courage is missing…

Where courage is missing, no other virtue can survive except by accident.

— Sam Johnson

« πλ | 12 Feb 2006 »

Where there is…

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignaorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor vexation. Where there is poverty and joy, there is neither greed nor avarice. Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.

— St. Francis of Assisi

« πλ | 29 Apr 2006 »

While the people are virtuous…

While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.

— Samuel Adams [via]

« πλ | 1 Nov 2004 »

Who governs his passions is…

A man who governs his passions is master of the world. We must either command them, or be enslaved by them. It is better to be a hammer than an anvil.

— St. Dominic [via]

« πλ | 1 Jun 2006 »