is fully committed to helping people create better lives through personal discovery and mastery. With that end goal in mind, we cannot approach the idea of betterment without looking at our values and beliefs. Who we are and our moral standards come to light through our virtues. Virtues are the beliefs, actions, and ideas that help channel our inner desire for outward morality.

Throughout history there have been many different understandings of what virtue means. Over time, there has grown a greater since of understanding this and how it relates to living well. Our goal will be to unpack these virtues over time through blog and video teaching. But now, we take a look into some of the most influential ideas and thoughts on morality. These 20 quotes will help illuminate the path to being a Virtue Virtuoso in no time.

1) “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

2) “One should always be drunk. That’s all that matters…But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
― Charles Baudelaire

3) “We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

4) “We must remember that the test of our religious principles lies not just in what we say, not only in our prayers, not even in living blameless lives – but in what we do for others”
― Harry S. Truman

5) “…happiness does not consist in amusement. In fact, it would be strange if our end were amusement, and if we were to labor and suffer hardships all our life long merely to amuse ourselves…. The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue. It is a life which involves effort and is not spent in amusement….”
― Aristotle

6) “It is my wish that you may have a better and freer life than I have had. Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience; this was what upheld me in time of misery.”
― Ludwig van Beethoven

7) “To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.”
― Confucius

8) “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

9) “Virtue and genuine graces in themselves speak what no words can utter.”
― William Shakespeare

10) “To be proud of virtue, is to poison yourself with the Antidote.”
― Benjamin Franklin

As we continue to update the Atlas regularly, look for more posts about specific virtues like gratitude, assertiveness, enthusiasm, courage, and countless other virtues and values. Seek to live out your own virtues (whatever those may be) through your actions, not just your words.

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