Question: What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?
The cardinal virtues
are the four primary moral virtues. The English word cardinal
comes from the Latin word cardo
, which means "hinge." All other virtues hinge upon these four 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
(or courage), and temperance
(or moderation). You can find an in-depth discussion of each in The Cardinal Virtues
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