cardinal virtues


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cardinal virtues

pl n
(Philosophy) the most important moral qualities, traditionally justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude
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He himself undertook his daughter's education, and to develop these two cardinal virtues in her gave her lessons in algebra and geometry till she was twenty, and arranged her life so that her whole time was occupied.
Here is a meek, righteous, thoroughgoing Christian, who, having mastered all these qualities, so difficult of attainment; who, having dropped a pinch of salt on the tails of all the cardinal virtues, and caught them every one; makes light of their possession, and pants for more morality.
Vesey is an excellent person, who possesses all the cardinal virtues, and counts for nothing; and Mr.
In a word, it was represented (Clennam called to mind, alone in the ticking parlour) that many people select their models, much as the painters, just now mentioned, select theirs; and that, whereas in the Royal Academy some evil old ruffian of a Dog-stealer will annually be found embodying all the cardinal virtues, on account of his eyelashes, or his chin, or his legs (thereby planting thorns of confusion in the breasts of the more observant students of nature), so, in the great social Exhibition, accessories are often accepted in lieu of the internal character.
Even the cardinal virtues cannot atone for half-cold entrees, as Lord Henry remarked once, in a discussion on the subject, and there is possibly a good deal to be said for his view.
Nothing can be more provoking to the human temper, nor more dangerous to that cardinal virtue, patience, than solicitations of extraordinary offices of kindness on behalf of those very persons with whom we are highly incensed.
Prudence was never a cardinal virtue of the Kentucky boy.
So it is with the one great cardinal virtue, which, properly nourished and exercised, leads to, if it does not necessarily include, all the others.
Having said which, Mr Wegg smokes and looks at the fire with a most determined expression of Charity; as if he had caught that cardinal virtue by the skirts as she felt it her painful duty to depart from him, and held her by main force.
But, as we discovered, Malcolm had some cardinal virtues.
When I finally read the German philosopher Josef Pieper's The Four Cardinal Virtues, which had sat unread on my shelf for years, I was shocked to learn that I didn't hate prudence; what I hated was its current - and incorrect - definition.
Socrates refutes Thrasymachus' notion of justice by simply arguing that justice as a virtue cannot be what serves the interests of the strongest as those interests might result in vice and evil and not in virtue, which is the hallmark of justice, the other cardinal virtues being courage, moderation and prudence.