virtue

A Quote by Confucius on cleverness, justice, projects, and virtue

Clever talk can confound the workings of virtue, just as small impatiences can confound great projects.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Claude Adrien Helvetius on desires, glory, happiness, honor, humanity, inspiration, justice, love, men, and virtue

There are men whom a happy disposition, a strong desire of glory and esteem, inspire with the same love for justice and virtue which men in general have for riches and honors. . . . But the number of these men is so small that I only mention them in honor of humanity.

Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715 - 1771)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on ability, education, glory, and virtue

Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on action, conscience, desires, good, people, theater, and virtue

Whatever is done without ostentation, and without the people being witnesses of it, is, in my opinion, most praiseworthy: not that the public eye should be entirely avoided, for good actions desire to be placed in the light; but notwithstanding this, the greatest theater for virtue is conscience.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on uncertainty, violence, and virtue

While all other things are uncertain, evanescent, and ephemeral, virtue alone is fixed with deep roots; it can neither be overthrown by any violence or moved from its place.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on action, duty, life, truth, value, and virtue

We should not be so taken up in the search for truth, as to neglect the needful duties of active life; for it is only action that gives a true value and commendation to virtue.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on ability, education, glory, and virtue

I add this, that natural ability without education has oftener raised man to glory and virtue, than education without natural ability.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on glory and virtue

Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero on heart, parenthood, thankfulness, and virtue

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but also the parent of all other virtues.

Cicero (106 - 43 BC)

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A Quote by Chuang Chou, a.k.a. Chuang Tzu, Chuang Tse Chuang on action, interest, kindness, money, poverty, pride, reward, shame, struggle, virtue, and taoism

The man in whom Tao acts without impediment harms no other being by his actions yet he does not know himself to be "kind", to be "gentle". . . . (He) does not bother with his own interests and does not despise others who do. He does not struggle to make money and does not make a virtue of poverty. He goes his way without relying on others and does not pride himself on walking alone. While he does not follow the crowd he won't complain of those who do. Rank and reward make no appeal to him; disgrace and shame do not deter him. He is not always looking for right and wrong, always deciding "Yes" or "No." The ancients said, therefore: The man of Tao remains unknown. Perfect virtue produces nothing. "No-Self" is "True-Self". And the greatest man is Nobody.

Chuang Tzu (c.360 BC - c. 275 BC)

Source: Chuang Tzu, 17:3, pp. 137-138

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