Cardinal virtues


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cardinal virtues preëminent virtues; among the ancients, prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.
    • Cardinal virtues See under Cardinal a.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Cardinal virtues justice, prudence, temperance, fortitude, so called because the whole of human nature was supposed to hinge or turn upon them—the natural as distinguished from the theological virtues
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  • Don Marquis
    “Punctuality is one of the cardinal business virtues: always insist on it in your subordinates.”
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “Every one suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known.”
  • Thomas Hobbes
    “Force, and fraud, are in war the two cardinal virtues.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. cardinaliscardo, cardinis, a hinge.


In literature:

These represent the cardinal virtues, Justice and Fortitude, so conspicuous in the Bishop's life.
"Bell's Cathedrals: Southwark Cathedral" by George Worley
Honesty and truthfulness are cardinal virtues; they are the foundation of every strong character.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10" by Charles Herbert Sylvester
Find the other three cardinal virtues first, and then justice will be distinguishable.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Below her are four statues of the cardinal virtues, Temperance being a nude figure.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students" by Clara Erskine Clement
The pierced tympanum has a quatrefoil for the four cardinal virtues, or a trefoil for faith, hope, and charity.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Upon my soul, two reverend cardinal virtues; But cardinal sins, and hollow hearts, I fear ye!
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
It isn't filled by good intentions nor even by the cardinal virtues.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
Perhaps also the cardinal, corresponding, and antidotic virtues to all of these.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
Then it is not abhorrence and hatred of slavery, which seems to be a cardinal virtue at the North.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
To golf unhappily he did not take, and golf is a cardinal virtue in the city of the winds.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume 9" by Robert Louis Stevenson
In fact, there was the promise in it of every one of the cardinal virtues.
"Happy Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
Were the seven cardinal virtues.
"Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1" by Edward William Cole
The metaphor which has transported these words into morals has made them express a cardinal virtue.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
I possess the four cardinal virtues, and the three theological ones.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 10 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Poverty, the Cardinal Virtues, and the Theological Virtues receive their full meed of praise in a succession of hymns.
"Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature" by John Addington Symonds
You'll find him a kind of epitome of the Catechism combined with all the cardinal virtues.
"For the School Colours" by Angela Brazil
Here they sat together on the sofa like a statued group of the cardinal virtues, with Charity left out.
"By Veldt and Kopje" by William Charles Scully
He was trying to weigh everything justly, for justice was in his opinion the cardinal virtue.
"A Reconstructed Marriage" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
I will cite, as examples, the three cardinal virtues of Christianity, Repentance, Love, and Faith.
"Doctrine of the Will" by Asa Mahan
There may be three or four cardinals who to knowledge add virtue.
"History of the Reformation in the Sixteenth Century, Vol 2" by J. H. Merle D'Aubigné

In news:

O ne of William F Buckley's later books was titled simply Gratitude, which is, when you think about it, one of the cardinal conservative virtues.
For Lent this year, a group of America editors reflect on the season in light of the seven cardinal virtues and their opposing vices.
If gluttony is one of the Seven Deadly Sins in life, it can be a cardinal virtue on the football field.

In science:

Finally, in virtue of (5.5), ˜fωτ is a restriction of this function to the set of cardinals in a final segment of its domain and therefore ˜fωτ ∈ Jν , as required.
The combinatorics of combinatorial coding by a real