Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again.
- C.S. Lewis
If you plan to build a tall house of virtues, you must first lay deep foundations of humlilty.
Men are not made religious by performing certain actions which are externally good, but they must first have righteous principles, and then they will not fail to perform virtuous actions.
- Martin Luther
Adulation is the death of virtue. Who flatters, is, of all mankind, the lowest, save he who courts the flattery.
- Hannah More
What the world calls virtue is a name and a dream without Christ. The foundation of all human excellence must be laid deep in the blood of the Redeemer's cross and in the power of his resurrection.
- Frederick W. Robertson
Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice, and yet everybody is content to hear. The master thinks it good doctrine for his servant, the laity for the clergy, and the clergy for the laity.
- John Selden
We need to teach our kids that misconduct bears--or at least should bear--a cost. Our personal ethics should not be attached to who is affected by what we believe.
- Jonathan Falwell
God seeth different abilities and frailties of men, which may move His goodness to be merciful to their different improvements in virtue.
- William Law
These then are the marks of the ideal Church - love, suffering, holiness, sound doctrine, genuineness, evangelism and humility. They are what Christ desires to find in His churches as He walks among them.
- John Stott
Vice and virtue chiefly imply the relation of our actions to men in this world; sin and holiness rather imply their relation to God and the other world.
- Isaac Watts
Consider how impossible nobility of character would be if our goodness were untried innocence instead of victorious virtue.
- Harry Emerson Fosdick
Of all virtues and dignities of the mind, goodness is the greatest, being the character of the Deity; and without it, man is a busy, mischievous, wretched thing.
- Francis Bacon
Throw away thy rod, throw away thy wrath; O my God, take the gentle path.
- George Herbert
Do not fear the conflict, and do not flee from it; where there is no struggle, there is no virtue.
- John of Kronstadt
Even to earnest minds the difficulty of grasping the truth at all has always proved extreme. Philosophically, one scarcely sees either the necessity or the possibility of being born again. Why a virtuous man should not simply grow better and better until in his own right he enter the Kingdom of God is what thousands honestly and seriously fail to understand.
- Henry Drummond
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke
Sordid and infamous sensuality, the most dreadful evil that issued from the box of Pandora, corrupts the entire heart and eradicates every virtue.
- Francois Fenelon
Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance and self-control, diligence and strength of will, cheerfulness and content, and a hundred virtues which the idle will never know.
- Charles Kingsley
God never approves sexual union outside of marriage.
- Max Lucado
Because of the diverse conditions of humans, it happens that some acts are virtuous to some people, as appropriate and suitable to them, while the same acts are immoral for others, as inappropriate to them.
- Thomas Aquinas
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance.
I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.
- George Washington