A Quote by Ayn Rand on bravery and virtue

A man braver than his brothers insults them by implication.  Let us aspire to no virtue which cannot be shared
--Ellsworth Toohey, The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: The Fountainhead, Pages: 312

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A Quote by Ayn Rand on self esteem, helping, virtue, and suffering

As a basic step of self-esteem, learn to treat as the mark of a cannibal any man's demand for your help.  To demand it is to claim that your life is his property --- and loathsome as such claim might be, there's something still more loathesome: your agreement.  Do you ask if it's ever proper to help another man?  No - if he claims it as his right or as a moral duty that you owe him.  Yes - if such is your own desire based on you own selfish pleasure in the value of his person and his struggle.  Suffering as such is not a value; only man's fight against suffering, is.  If you choose to help a man who suffers, do it only on the grounds of his virtue, of his fight to recover, of his rational record, or of the fact that he suffers unjustly; then your action is still a trade, and his virtue is the payment for your help.  But to help a man who has no virtues, to help him on the ground of his suffering as such, to accept his faults, his need, as a claim - is to accept the mortgage of a zero on your values.  A man who has no virtues is a hater of existence who acts on the premise of death; to help him is to sanction his evil and to support his career of destruction.  Be it only a penny you will not miss, or a small smile he has not earned,a tribute to a zero is treason to life and to all those who struggle to maintain it.  It is of such pennies and smiles that the desolation of your world was made.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: Atlas Shrugged, Pages: 1059..60

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche on god, beliefs, morality, and virtue

People erect a concept of morality, of virtue, of holiness upon this false view of things; they ground good conscience upon faulty vision; they argue that no OTHER sort of vision has value anymore, once they have made theirs sacrosanct with the names of "God," "salvation" and "eternity."

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844 - 1900)

Source: The Anti-Christ, Pages: 26

Contributed by: Minja

A Quote by Benjamin Franklin on virtue, humility, and pride

My list of virtues contain'd at first but twelve; but a Quaker friend having kindly informed me that I was generally thought proud; that my pride show'd itself frequently in conversation; that I was not content with being in the right when discussing any point, but was overbearing, and rather insolent, of which he convinc'd me by mentioning several instances; I determined endeavouring to cure myself, if I could, of this vice or folly among the rest, and I added Humility to my list) giving an extensive meaning to the word.

I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue, but I had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it....

In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility.

Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Source: Autobiography, via:

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Atisha on practice, virtue, and buddhist virtues

The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.


Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Ayn Rand on virtue, vice, virtues, vices, and differences

"Men differ in their virtues, if any, but they are alike in their vices."
--Gail Wynand, The Fountainhead.

Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Source: The Fountainhead

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on virtue, vice, self, and growth

Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self-Reliance

Contributed by: Josh

A Quote by Socrates on virtue, the apology, and greatest good

It is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day…for the unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo (Penguin Classics)

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Socrates on the apology, wickedness, death, and virtue

“It is not difficult to avoid death…it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.”

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: The Last Days of Socrates: Euthyphro; The Apology; Crito; Phaedo (Penguin Classics)

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Sakyong Mipham on karma, virtue, happiness, and suffering

Karma moves in two directions. If we act virtuously, the seed we plant will result in happiness. If we act nonvirtuously, suffering results.

Sakyong Mipham

Source: Ruling Your World : Ancient Strategies For Modern Life, Pages: 32

Contributed by: Brian

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