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What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?

The hinges of the moral life


Four cardinal virtues; Louvre, Paris. Louvre, Paris, France. Four cardinal virtues; Louvre, Paris. Brooklyn Museum Archives, Goodyear Archival Collection (S03_06_01_020 image 2534).
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The cardinal virtues are the four primary moral virtues. Unlike the theological virtues, which are gifts of God through grace, the cardinal virtues can be practiced by anyone.

The four cardinal virtues are prudence, justice, fortitude (or courage), and temperance (or moderation). You can find an in-depth discussion of each in The Cardinal Virtues.

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