quote by Izaak Walton

Blessings upon all that hate contention, and love quietnesse, and vertue, and Angling.

— Izaak Walton

Colorful Vertue quotations

If odours may worke satisfaction, they are so soveraigne in plants and so comfortable that no confection of the apothecaries can equall their excellent vertue.


To all the rest of his Absurdities, (for vice is always unreasonable,) he adds one more, who expects that Vertue from another which he won't practise himself.

Against diseases here the strongest fence is the defensive vertue, Abstinence.

If none were to Marry, but Men of strict Vertue and Honour, I doubt the World would be but thinly peopled.

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.


Good Nature, and Evenness of Temper, will give you an easie Companion for Life;

Vertue and good Sense, an agreeable Friend; Love and Constancy, a good Wife or Husband. Where we meet one Person with all these Accomplishments, we find an Hundred without any one of them.

Vertue now is in herbs and stones and words onely.

Vertue never growes old.

Vertue flies from the heart of a Mercenary man.

Vertue and a Trade are the best portion for Children.


The vertue of a coward is suspition.

Shewa good man his errour and he turnes it to a vertue, but an ill, it doubles his fault.

To maken vertue of necessite.

Ainsi que la vertu, le crime a ses degre s. Crime, like virtue, has its degrees.

Axiome: la haine du bourgeois est le commencement de la vertu.

Axiom: Hatred of the bourgeois is the beginning of wisdom.


Whilst that the childe is young, let him be instructed in vertue and lytterature.

Thus you may multiply each stone 4 times & no more for they will then become oyles shining in ye dark and fit for magicall uses. You may ferment them with gold and silver, by keeping the stone and metal in fusion together for a day, & then project upon metalls. This is the multiplication of ye stone in vertue. To multiply it in weight ad to it of ye first Gold whether philosophic or vulgar.

Y a-t-il plus belle parodie de l'éthique de la valeur que de se soumettre avec toute l'intransigeance de la vertu aux données du hasard ou à l'absurdité d'une règle?