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The Cardinal Virtues

Plato in "Protagorus" quotes Socrates as saying, "So then, I went on, among the parts of virtue, no other part is like knowledge, or like justice, or like courage, or like temperance, or like holiness."

Early Christians took up the idea of categorizing virtues and called the 4 cardinal virtues: Justice, Temperance, Fortitude and Prudence. To these they added 3 theological virtues: faith, hope and charity. Other writers have listed as virtues: chastity, kindness, love, Patience Humility, Diligence

Virtues are often paired with their opposites, known as vices, or deadly sins:

VirtueVice
Chastity Lust
Temperance Gluttony
Charity Greed
Fortitude Sloth
Patience Wrath
Charity Envy
Humility Pride


Should these ideas still serve as a guide in our time, or should the lists be revised or updated? Please go to our forums and give us your own suggestions for virtues and vices.

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