— Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
„Virtue is indeed its own noblest reward“
Ipsa quidem virtus sibimet pulcherrima merces; dulce tamen venit ad manis, cum gratia vitae durat apud superos nec edunt oblivia laudem.
„Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition, but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast, which satisfies a native American urge.“
— James Thurber American cartoonist, author, journalist, playwright 1894 - 1961
Preface to A Thurber Garland (1955)
„[Atheism] believes that truth for truth's sake is the highest ideal and that virtue is its own reward.“
— Joseph Lewis American activist 1889 - 1968
The Philosophy of Atheism
„Literary interpretation, like virtue, is its own reward. I do it because I like the way I feel when I'm doing it.“
— Stanley Fish American academic 1938
Interview by Mark Bauerlein, " A Solitary Thinker https://www.chronicle.com/article/A-Solitary-Thinker/127464," The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 15, 2001
— Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
— Dave Eggers memoirist, novelist, short story writer, editor, publisher 1970
— Vernon Scannell British boxer and poet 1922 - 2007
— Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957
Joy: Share it! p.134.
— Sofia Samatar Somali-American professor, editor and writer 1971
Chapter 17, “The House of the Horse, My Palace” (p. 248)
„Nor can one easily find among many thousands a single man who considers virtue its own reward. The very glory of a good deed, if it lacks reward, affects them not; unrewarded uprightness brings them regret. Nothing but profit is prized.“
— Ovid Roman poet -43 - 17 a.C.
II, iii, 11-15; translation by Arthur Leslie Wheeler. Variant translation of gratis paenitet esse probum, in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 15th ed. (1980), p. 114: "It is annoying to be honest to no purpose."
„I have come to understand that the self, my self, is inherently sacred. By virtue of its own improbability, its own miracle, its own emergence“
— Ursula Goodenough American biologist 1943
Context: I have come to understand that the self, my self, is inherently sacred. By virtue of its own improbability, its own miracle, its own emergence … And so I lift up my head, and I bear my own witness, with affection and tenderness and respect. And in so doing, I sanctify myself with my own grace. p. 60