Virtue Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old virtue quotes, virtue sayings, and virtue proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Ability may get you to the top but it's character that will keep you there.      

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Be not niggardly of what costs thee nothing, as courtesy, counsel and countenance.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Be not overcome by evil but repay evil with good.      


Beauty without virtue is a flower without perfume.      

French (on beauty)

Character is easier kept than recovered.      

English (on character and virtue)

Civility costs nothing and buys everything.      

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)

Do good and care not to whom.      

Portuguese (on good and evil)

Do what comes natural.      


Don't hang your hat higher than you can reach.      

Belizean (on balance and moderation)

Don't talk unless you can improve the silence.      


Don't toot your own horn.      


Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Give credit where credit is due.      

M. Floy (1834)

Good example is the best sermon.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Good wine needs no bush.      

R. Taverner (1545)

Goodness does not consist in greatness but greatness in goodness.      

Athenaeus (c.200)

Grace thou thy house and let not that grace thee.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

Handsome is as handsome does.      

Anthony Munday (1553-1633)

Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

If evils come not then our fears are in vain; and if they do, fear but augments the pain.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

If I keep my character, I'll be rich enough.      


If you are not good for yourself, how can you be good for others.      

Spanish (on character and virtue)

If you make yourself into a doormat, people will wipe their feet on you.      

Belizean (on character and virtue)

If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.     

Booker T. Washington (1856-1915)

If you'ld have a servant that you like, serve yourself.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

It is better to take many injuries than to give one.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

It is easy to kick a person when he is down.      

Aesop (c.620-560 BC)

It's an ill bird that fouls his own nest.      

Latin Proverb

No one is hurt by doing the right thing.      

Hawaiian (on good and evil)

Nobility is not a birthright, but is defined by one's actions.      

Darren Bateman