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Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #21 --- Virtue

Updated on March 8, 2011

Quotations on Virtue

Hatred of sin is a good sentinel for the door of virtue.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, July 11, 1910.

Every man is born into the nobility which God is the head, and He will set His particular seal upon us so that men seeing us will know that we belong to Him. A life founded upon manhood, upon virtue, rounds into a circle whose center is godliness.

—John F. Arnold, The Register and Leader, Des Moines, Iowa, June 13, 1910.

What is virtue? When you say of a medicine or of a food, "It has virtue," you mean that it has positive qualities that are worth the same thing. It is not enough for the Christian that he leave off his old sins. He must have positive goodness. He must be worth something to the world. It should be said of the Christian, wherever he is, "virtue goes out from him."

—Mattie M. Boteler, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 27, 1920.

Virtue is the Christian conception. It is spiritual blindness that shuts out God. The best things in the world are the invisible. They are beyond and above the reach of the physical senses. Without honesty our commercial system would crumble; without love our homes would perish; and yet who doubts the existence of honesty and love, and who has apprehended these glorious gifts of God with ear or eye or hand? Truly Paul hath said that "Eye hath not seen nor ear heard." (1 Corinthians 2:.9) A mother's love excels anything which greed may lay its hands on.

—Charles W. Byrd, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 15, 1901.

Virtue is moral purity, mental and moral vigor.

—J.D. Chapman, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., March 15, 1894.

Virtue means moral power or energy, a vigor of the soul. Simply put, it means read goodness in living.

—Allen B. Comish, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Nov. 16, 1961.

Virtue is the joy of the upward way.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Oct. 30, 1910.

Real virtue is of the inner man and is the flowing of faith within.

—J.H. Cosby, The Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., June 10, 1943.

If you want to conserve God in your heart, and keep the integrity of Christian character, build up virtue and righteousness in your heart to keep away sin. You cannot keep sin out unless you put Christ and righteousness in your heart. There is no negative way of fighting evil.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., Nov. 7, 1898.

To abstain from vice is good, but to have no desire for it is virtue.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Oct. 17, 1927.

Virtue means strength and courage to do the thing that is right because it is right, and because to do otherwise is wrong. Virtue comprehends not only courage to fight outside evils, but makes its first battleground against evil in the heart of the individual.

—Cecil J. Sharp, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Nov. 7, 1936.

"Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge." (2 Peter 1:5.) Faith in Christ is the beginning of the Christian life, the first link in the chain of Christian character. "Faith without works is dead." (James 2:26.) Belief and trust must spring up into life, must blossom and bear fruit in beautiful and strong deeds. As we go on in a virtuous life, we shall add constantly to our knowledge of God's will. ... "But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."(2 Peter 3:18.) "And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man." (Luke 2:52.) Christian growth, like an athlete's, is planned, purposeful, persistent. No Christian grows in grace without the means of grace. Fourfold growth: wisdom, stature, favor with God, man.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Nov. 3, 1934.

Virtue is the habit of living in harmony with the divine law. ... The very word virtue is from a Latin word, vir, which means "man," evidently suggesting courage and determination. Religion, therefore, exacts self-control. ... We can, every one of us (we have the God-given power within us) control every action. ... We shall have a care of governing ourselves only when we realize in good measure that we are primarily subject to laws given and defined by God and religion. ... The chief end of the Savior's example was to teach us that there is no solid enjoyment save in the practice of real virtue.

—William J. Marr, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Dec. 30, 1912. I

n the ancient classics, the word virtue is used to denote manliness, vigor, courage. It probably refers to the energy and boldness with which we meet and resist the temptations and evils of the world. Christian courage is not a passive thing. Its very essence is firmness, manliness, independence. Decision for Christ everywhere and in everything is essential to the courage here enjoined. He who would fulfill every obligation God has laid upon him must exercise it. Without it he must fail and utterly fail. And this is the point at which many are wanting. There is no stamina in them. They run well for a while, but they do not keep at the pace at which they begin. ... Our faith should be manifested by a victorious strength, which is able to overcome the world.

—James A. French, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Jan. 16, 1905.

Virtue is God's stamp upon the soul.

—J.E. Hickman, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, March 1909.

Virtue means, of course, moral excellence, absence from vice of any kind. At once we note the desirability of such a quality as a source of strength to our faith. Faith in Jesus excludes even sympathy with any form of vice.

—John L. Hill, The Baptist Training Union Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., April 1954.

Virtue or moral excellence is both the evidence of faith possessed and the inspiration for more faith.

—John L. Hill, The Baptist Training Union Magazine, Nashville, Tenn., November 1956.

Virtue is intensified faith in the sanctity of life.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, July 29, 1933.

Virtue is something that can't be sent back to the manufacturer for repairs and spare parts.

—Bert Moses, Pocatello Tribune, Pocatello, Idaho, Jan. 25, 1922.

When I use the word virtue, I mean a general condition in life that will make you tender and thoughtful with a heart overflowing and ready for all the calls of suffering humanity.

—E.H. Thornton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 16, 1905.

Virtue is unalloyed loyalty and purity of life toward God. Virtue separates us from evil desires and actions. Our hearts, thoughts and lives are parallel with that of God.

—C.B. Tigner, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, Aug. 22, 1942.

Virtue is the tissue of a man's soul.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 17, 1929.

Primarily, the word or term, virtue, means manly strength, courage and valor. Secondarily, it denotes capacity, power and efficiency; it denotes moral excellence; it is the opposite of vice and denotes morality and rectitude of conduct, fidelity to duty and abstinence from vice. It denotes female purity and chastity. It also signifies a particular moral excellence--as the virtue of truth, the virtue of charity and temperance. In theology the virtues are recognized as three--faith, hope and charity. In philosophy, the cardinal virtues are known as four--justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude, while by others, the principle virtues are estimated as seven in number--faith, hope, charity, prudence, temperance, chastity and fortitude. The term is used in its broadest sense and embraces all those qualities of mind and heart inseparable from a steadfast, courageous life of moral rectitude. Truth is a divine attribute and the foundation of every virtue, and fidelity to her mandates is imperatively enjoined. Purity of character and of the home are her chief concerns, and around her altars gather the strongest defenders of the honor of mother, wife and daughter. Virtue is one of the richest adornments of human character and her sweet rewards afford the highest and strongest incentives to upright human conduct.

—William Poindexter, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Dec. 8, 1904.

 "Add to your faith virtue." (2 Peter 1:5.) Virtue is defined as power, excellence, value, merit, chastity, purity. ... Virtue is certainly power and goodness; and the Savior's whole being seems to have been charged with it, as a live wire is charged with electricity. It is one of the elements of divine nature; and if we are to become partakers of that nature, we must add virtue to our faith; and we can add it only by living in union with Christ. Paul says, "If there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." (Philippians 4:8.) By thinking of virtue, meditating on it, and practicing it, living continually in union with Christ, it is gradually added to us so completely that it becomes really a part of us; it is ours.

—I.M. Smith, Zion's Ensign, Lamoni, Iowa, Nov. 29, 1928.

Peace is the evening star of the soul, as virtue is its sun; and the two are never far apart.

The Religious Telescope, Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 4, 1861.


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