Virtue means that which is morally and spiritually good and a foundation of human principle, service, strength and inner quality. Virtues are the content of our character, the elements of the human spirit. They grow stronger whenever we use them. As a six year old once said, “Virtues are what’s good about us.”
Virtue promotes collective and individual greatness. (See LISN stream on virtue)
LISN virtues are those at the heart of human principle. Courage, justice, humanity, temperance, transcendence, and wisdom were broad headings identified in a 2004 study which have “a surprising amount of similarity across cultures and strongly indicating a historical and cross-cultural convergence.”
Which is the most important virtue? Here are some views:
Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.
C. S. Lewis
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
James E. Faust
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
Love is higher than the Highest. Love is greater than the Greatest. God is Love, and Love is God. Love being the highest principle is the virtue of all virtues; from whence they flow forth.
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