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George Bernard Shaw Quotes on Vice & Virtue (11 Quotes)


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  • There was only one virtue, pugnacity only one vice, pacifism. That is an essential condition of war.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Self-denial is not a virtue it is only the effect of prudence on rascality.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The universal regard for money is the one hopeful fact in our civilization. Money is the most important thing in the world. It represents health, strength, honour, generosity and beauty.... Not the least of its virtues is that it destroys base people as certainly as it fortifies and dignifies noble people.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • The love of economy is the root of all virtue.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Vice is waste of life. Poverty, obedience, and celibacy Are the canonical vices.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


  • When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. But when they are away, we console ourselves for their absence by dwelling on their vices.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Choose silence of all virtues, for by it you hear other men's imperfections, and conceal your own.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Disobedience, the rarest and most courageous of the virtues, is seldom distinguished from neglect, the laziest and commonest of the vices.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Only on paper has humanity yet achieved glory, beauty, truth, knowledge, virtue, and abiding love.
    (George Bernard Shaw)

  • Virtue is insufficient temptation.
    (George Bernard Shaw)


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