Virtue List that can Save Mankind
Virtues are the essence of our character and character does indeed determine destiny. The more we recognize the potential impact that practicing virtues can have on our lives, the more our lives open up to new possibilities and to greater joy and fulfillment.
Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness -wikipedia
Acceptance Assertiveness Authenticity Beauty Caring Cleanliness Commitment CompassionConfidence Consideration Contentment Cooperation Courage Creativity DetachmentDetermination Dignity Encouragement Enthusiasm Ethical Excellence Fairness Faith FlexibilityForgiveness Friendliness Generosity Gentleness Graciousness Gratitude HarmoniousHelpfulness Honesty Honor Hope Humility Idealism Integrity Imaginative Joyfulness JusticeKindness Love Loyalty Moderation Modesty Optimistic Orderliness Passionate Patience PeacePerseverance Preparedness Purposefulness Reliability Respect Responsibility Reverence Self-discipline Service Sincerity Tact Temperate Tenacious Thankfulness Tolerance TrustTruthfulness Understanding Unity Visionary Wisdom Wonder
The act of accepting something or someone
Complements: Contentment, Forgiveness
Transcends: Denial, Rejection
Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident statements and behavior
Complements: Confidence, Courage
Transcends: Self-doubt, Shyness
True to one’s own personality, spirit, or character
Complements: Honesty, Integrity
Transcends: Low self-esteem
The qualities in a person or a thing that give pleasure to the senses or the mind
Complements: Joyfulness, Peace
Feeling or showing concern for other people
Complements: Compassion, Kindness
Transcends: Cruelty, Insensitivity
The practice of keeping yourself and your surroundings clean
Complements: Orderliness, Purity
An agreement or pledge to do something in the future
Complements: Loyalty, Perseverance
Transcends: Lack of Direction
Sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it
Complements: Caring, Understanding
Transcends: Grief, Judgment
A feeling or belief that you can do something well or succeed at something
Complements: Assertiveness, Courage
Transcends: Self-doubt, Uncertainty
The act of thinking carefully about something you will make a decision about
Complements: Caring, Compassion
The state of being happy and satisfied
Complements: Fulfillment, Joy
Transcends: Dissatisfaction, Restlessness
A situation in which people work together to do something
Complements: Teamwork, Unity
Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Complements: Boldness, Confidence
Transcends: Fear, Self-doubt
The ability to make new things or think of new ideas
Complements: Joy, Purposefulness
Lack of emotion or of personal interest
Complements: Faith, Freedom
A quality that makes you continue trying to do or achieve something that is difficult
Complements: Commitment, Tenaciousness
A way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control
Complements: Honor, Respect
Transcends: Egoism, Selfishness
Something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident
Complements: Support, Caring
Transcends: Self-doubt, Discouragement
Strong excitement about something; a strong feeling of active interest in something that you like or enjoy
Complements: Energy, Motivation
Transcends: Boredom, Indifference
Following accepted rules of behavior; morally right and good
Complements: Fairness, Respect
Extremely high quality
Complements: Dignity, Honor, Integrity, Respect
Treating people in a way that does not favor some over others
Complements: Equality, Justice
Transcends: Grievance, Injustice
Strong belief or trust in someone or something
Complements: Confidence, Hope, Trust
Transcends: Apprehension, Doubt
Willing to change or to try different things
Complements: Detachment, Understanding
The act of forgiving someone or something
Complements: Freedom, Peace
Transcends: Anger, Bitterness
Acting like a friend; kind and helpful
Complements: Kindness, Tact
The quality of being kind, understanding, and not selfish; the quality of being generous
Complements: Kindness, Service
Transcends: Stinginess, Self-centered
Having or showing a kind and quiet nature; not harsh or violent
Complements: Patience, Peace
Very polite in a way that shows respect
Complements: Dignity, Tact
Transcends: Disrespect, Rudeness
A feeling of appreciation or thanks
Complements: Hope, Joy, Peace
Transcends: Disappointment, Pain
Having parts that are related or combined in a pleasing way
Making it easier to do a job, deal with a problem, etc.; giving help
Complements: Graciousness, Service
The quality of being fair and truthful
Complements: Integrity, Truthfulness
Respect that is given to someone who is admired
Complements: Dignity, Respect
To want something to happen or be true and think that it could happen or be true
Complements: Faith, Joy, Trust
Transcends: Despair, Frustration
The quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people
Transcends: Arrogance, Pride
The attitude of a person who believes that it is possible to live according to very high standards of behavior and honesty
Complements: Confidence, Hope
Transcends: Cynicism, Pessimism
Firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values; the quality or state of being complete or undivided
Complements: Honesty, Trust
Transcends: Corruption, Deceitfulness
Having or showing an ability to think of new and interesting ideas; having or showing imagination
Transcends: Ordinary, Rationalism
Feeling, causing, or showing great happiness; full of joy
Complements: Hope, Peace, Love
Transcends: Discontent, Suffering
The process or result of using laws to fairly judge and punish crimes and criminals
Complements: Fairness, Integrity
The quality or state of being kind; a kind act
Complements: Caring, Compassionate
Transcends: Cruelty, Loneliness
A feeling of strong or constant affection for a person
Complements: Caring, Forgiveness, Unity
The quality or state of being loyal
Complements: Honesty, Trust
The quality or state of being reasonable and avoiding behavior, speech, etc., that is extreme or that goes beyond what is normal or acceptable
Complements: Diligence, Responsibility
Transcends: Obsessions, Overindulgence
The quality of not being too proud or confident about yourself or your abilities
Having or showing hope for the future; expecting good things to happen
Complements: Hope, Joyfulness
Arranged or organized in a logical or regular way
Complements: Cleanliness, Purity
Having, showing, or expressing strong emotions or beliefs
Complements: Enthusiasm, Purposefulness
The ability to wait for a long time without becoming annoyed or upset
Complements: Determination, Peace
A state of tranquility or quiet
Complements: Love, Serenity, Unity
Transcends: Anger, Cruelty
Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition
Complements: Commitment, Determination, Resilience
The quality or state of being prepared
Complements: Excellence, Orderliness
Having a purpose as in something set up as an object or end to be attained
Complements: Creativity, Commitment, Joyfulness
Transcends: Boredom, Indifference
The quality or state of being reliable
Complements: Integrity, Loyalty
An act of giving particular attention
Complements: Dignity, Reverence
The quality or state of being responsible as in moral, legal, or mental accountability
Complements: Courtesy, Tact, Trust
Honor or respect that is felt for or shown to (someone or something)
Complements: Respect, Worth
Correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement
Complements: Commitment, Determination
Transcends: Chaos, Unruliness
Contribution to the welfare of others
Complements: Compassion, Generosity, Purposefulness
Transcends: Lack of concern, Self-centered
The quality or state of being sincere; honesty of mind
A keen sense of what to do or say in order to maintain good relations with others or avoid offense
Complements: Graciousness, Responsibility
Habitual moderation in the indulgence of the appetites or passions
Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired
Complements: Discipline, Perseverance
Conscious of benefit received
Complements: Gratitude, Thoughtfulness
Capacity to endure pain or hardship; sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own
Complements: Patience, Tenacious
Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
Complements: Loyalty, Respect
Transcends: Doubt, Skepticism
Telling or disposed to tell the truth
Complements: Honesty, Faith, Trust
Transcends: Corruption, Deceit
An agreement of opinion or feeling; adjustment of differences
Complements: Kindness, Tolerance
The quality or state of being made one
Complements: Harmony, Love, Peace
A thought, concept, or object formed by the imagination
Complements: Imagination, Leadership
Transcends: Lack of Inspiration
Accumulated philosophic or scientific learning; knowledge
Complements: Idealism, Visionary
Transcends: Lack of Intelligence
A feeling caused by seeing something that is very surprising, beautiful, amazing, etc.
Complements: Creativity, Imagination
Virtues and history
The Greek philosophers Aristotle and Plato, regarded temperance, wisdom, justice, and courage as the four most desirable character traits. The Book of Wisdom is one of the seven Sapiential Books included in the Septuagint. Wisdom 8:7 states that the fruits of Wisdom “…are virtues; For she teaches moderation and prudence, justice and fortitude, and nothing in life is more useful for men than these.”
The moral virtues are attitudes, dispositions, and good habits that govern one’s actions, passions, and conduct according to reason; and are acquired by human effort.Immanuel Kant said, “Virtue is the moral strength of the will in obeying the dictates of duty”. The cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
Prudence from prudentia meaning “seeing ahead, sagacity”) is the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason. It is called the Auriga virtutum(the charioteer of the virtues) as it guides the other virtues.
Justice is the virtue which regulates man in his dealings with others. Connected to justice are the virtues of religion, piety, and gratitude. 
Fortitude which Thomas Aquinas ranks third after prudence and justice and equates with brave endurance. Patience and perseverance are virtues related to fortitude.
Temperance is the virtue which moderates in accordance with reason the desires and pleasures of the sensuous appetite. Related to temperance are the virtues of continence, humility, and meekness.
Philosophers recognized the interrelatedness of the virtues such that courage without prudence risks becoming mere foolhardiness. Aquinas found an interconnection of practical wisdom (prudentia) and moral virtue. This is frequently termed “the Unity of the Virtues.” Aquinas also argued that it not only matters what a person does but how the person does it. The person must aim at a good end and also make a right choice about the means to that end. The moral virtues direct the person to aim at a good end, but to ensure that the person make the right choices about the means to a good end, one needs practical wisdom.
The traditional understanding of the differences in the natures of Cardinal and Theological virtues, is that the latter are not fully accessible to humans in their natural state without assistance from God. “All virtues have as their final scope to dispose man to acts conducive to his true happiness. The happiness, however, of which man is capable is twofold, namely, natural, which is attainable by man’s natural powers, and supernatural, which exceeds the capacity of unaided human nature. Since, therefore, merely natural principles of human action are inadequate to a supernatural end, it is necessary that man be endowed with supernatural powers to enable him to attain his final destiny. Now these supernatural principles are nothing else than the theological virtues.”
A list of seven virtues that oppose the seven deadly sinsappeared later in an epic poem titled Psychomachia, or Battle/Contest of the Soul. Written by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 AD, it entails the battle between good virtues and evil vices. The enormous popularity of this work in the Middle Ageshelped to spread the concept of holy virtue throughout Europe.
After Pope Gregory released his list of seven deadly sins in 590 AD, the seven virtues became identified as chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, and humility. Practicing them is said to protect one against temptation from the seven deadly sins.
It should be noted, however, that these seven virtues do not correspond to the seven heavenly virtues arrived at by combining the cardinal and theological virtues. Furthermore, efforts in the Middle Ages to set the seven heavenly virtues in direct opposition to the seven capital sins are both uncommon and beset with difficulties. “[T]reatises exclusively concentrating on both septenaries are actually quite rare.” and “examples of late medieval catalogues of virtues and vices which extend or upset the double heptad can be easily multiplied.”  And there are problems with this parallelism.
The opposition between the virtues and the vices to which these works allude despite the frequent inclusion of other schemes may seem unproblematic at first sight. The virtues and the vices seem to mirror each other as positive and negative moral attitudes, so that medieval authors, with their keen predilection for parallels and oppositions, could conveniently set them against each other. . . . Yet artistic representations such as Conrad’s trees are misleading in that they establish oppositions between the principal virtues and the capital vices which are based on mere juxtaposition. As to content, the two schemes do not match each other. The capital vices of lust and avarice, for instance, contrast with the remedial virtues of chastity and generosity, respectively, rather than with any theological or cardinal virtue; conversely, the virtues of hope and prudence are opposed to despair and foolishness rather than to any deadly sin. Medieval moral authors were well aware of the fact. Actually, the capital vices are more often contrasted with the remedial or contrary virtues in medieval moral literature than with the principal virtues, while the principal virtues are frequently accompanied by a set of mirroring vices rather than by the seven deadly sins.
25 Virtues Found in the Best of Men
March 10, 2018 by Chuck Chapman 3 Comments
What are some of the best qualities we find in men? Chuck Chapman has a list.
Marcus Aurelius wrote, “Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.”
I particularly like this quote, because as the new year has started, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be a good man, specifically about being a man of good character. I know that I haven’t always been a good man. I’ve done some pretty shitty things in my life, but at the same time I am grateful for my experiences and struggles because they have forged and changed my character for the better.
As a result, I’ve learned there are a lot of things I can’t change. I can’t change my eye-color, my height, and I certainly cannot change my past. Yet, I believe anyone can change their character … it’s not easy, but it is possible. For me, the first step was defining my values. I noticed that when I lived in accordance with my values I developed virtues. I found that with practice and dedication to living within these virtues, I am becoming a good man.
Character is reflected in our behaviors, and often our behaviors are influenced by our beliefs. By defining our virtues, we solidify our beliefs about our values. Once defined, we have a blueprint to guide our actions as we strive to live a virtuous life. Here are 25 foundational virtues that I use as my map for living.
Honor is respecting those over you and acting in a way that is deserving of respect from those under you. Honor is the reputation and alliance that you earn from those you serve and those who serve you.
Courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the strength to move forward in the face of fear. Courage is perhaps the most vital virtue to develop. When we feel the fear and do it anyway we develop courage.
The ability to step outside of yourself and perform an act of selflessness: this is the foundation of compassion. To be compassionate is to value others above yourself for the sole purpose of contributing to the greater good.
The respect you show to others is a reflection of your self respect. For this reason, respect is something you do for yourself. That doesn’t mean you have to agree with others, but you simply value yourself enough to give others respect.
Staying true to yourself and standing by someone else’s side when they face adversity is mastery of loyalty. Never giving up on someone, no matter how hard it gets, for as long as it takes: that is the true measure of any great relationship.
You are only as good as your word. If your word isn’t worth anything, then you have lost a piece of your soul. Being honest is difficult, but it is the bedrock of character. A house is only as strong as its foundation.
Prudence is the capacity to face reality squarely in the eye, without allowing emotion or ego to get in the way, and do what is best for the team.
Grace is giving something to someone who hasn’t earned it, doesn’t deserve it and yet we give it anyway. Simply put, grace is giving someone dessert even though they didn’t eat their vegetables.
When we forgive we are giving up our right to collect on a debt. “An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind,” said Gandhi. When I no longer have the need for revenge, then I have forgiven.
Humility is the leadership quality of taking the brunt of the blame when things go south and giving away the majority of the credit when things go well. The leader who practices humility will never ask anyone to do what they themselves cannot do. Humility is leading from a position of service.
Being true to yourself isn’t easy. Pulling off the mask that hides your flaws and living in the fullness of who your are creates a contagion that gives others the courage to do the same.
Excellence is striving is to be better than the day before, never giving in to the voice that says, “That’s good enough.” Instead, listen for the voice that says, “Now that’s awesome!”
Excellence has a price tag, and the price is practice, practice, practice.
There is strength in kindness. A simple smile, a kind word or even an arm on a shoulder can change someone’s life for the better and thereby change the world … Kindness is your super-power.
Did you know you can’t be resentful and grateful at the same time? Try it.
To be truly grateful is to consider all the gifts you have been given and to understand that no matter what, there is always something for which to be grateful.
There is no truer act of love than patience … just ask anyone who has raised a two-year-old.
Do what you say you’re going to do without excuse. Suit up, show up everyday, and give your best effort.
Tenacity is the ability to stick it out and never give up, to keep going when things are tough and there is no end in sight. This is the only way to live a life of contentedness because regret only happens when we give up.
Be honest, but be tactful. Remember there is another human being on the other end of your words. Strive to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
Maya Angelou said, “People won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” Be generous with how you treat everyone … they will feel amazing and so will you.
Empathy is the ability to put aside your ego, step into someone else’s shoes and experience their emotions. When we do this, we create connection. The number one emotional need we all have is for connection.
Dissatisfaction is the misconception that you need more than what you already have. Contentment is a mind-set: it’s choosing not to look at lack but see the abundance that already exists.
Unapologetically go after what you want in life. Be assertive and let the world feel the full weight of who you are. Live with passion … without being a jackass.
The most important virtue for success is the ability to cooperate. If you can’t play well with others you’re going to get kicked out of the sandbox. Learn to cooperate and you’ll be successful.
“Improvise, Adapt and Overcome” is the mantra of the United States Marine Corps. Adaptability is the ability to be flexible to change and gain the advantage in any situation. Things that aren’t adaptable break … things that aren’t adaptable don’t survive.
Integrity is the solidarity of our virtues; it is the quality by which we live out our values and prioritize our principles. It is the culmination of character in action. To act with integrity is to be a good man.
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