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List of Virtues and Vices2 min read

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I’m looking to do a study on virtues and vice, and need to make a list. Here’s my list so far.  I like the ones that end in "y."  I think I’m interested in this because a few very important virtues, if encouraged into American culture, might make a huge difference, esp. honesty, industry, generosity, and chastity.

Here’s my list off of the top of my head:

  • Honesty (dishonesty)
  • Loyalty (unfaithfulness)
  • Chastity (promiscuity)
  • Thrift (wastefulness)
  • Industry (laziness)
  • Generosity (stingy)
  • Charity (unloving)
  • Self Control (?)
  • Moderation (gluttony)
  • Patience (impatience)

Here’s what Bill Bennett’s The Book of Virtues would add:

  • Self Discipline (same as Self Control)
  • Compassion
  • Responsibility
  • Friendship
  • Work (same as Industry)
  • Courage
  • Perseverance (same as work or Industry?)
  • Honesty (got that one)
  • Loyalty (got that one)
  • Faith (interesting to view this as a virtue)

Then, there’s this bible verse which we can cull for virtues:

1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

From that passage, we get:

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Contentedness (does not envy)
  • Self-effacing? (does not boast)
  • Humility (is not arrogant)
  • Polite (is not rude)
  • Yielding (does not demand own way)
  • Jovial ? (not irritable)
  • Forgiving (not resentful)
  • Righteous (does not rejoice in wrongdoing)
  • Truth-seeking (rejoices in the truth)
  • Patient (bears all things)
  • Has Faith (believes all things)
  • Hopeful (believes all things)
  • Endurance (endures all things)

Finally, there is this huge list of virtues with definitions.  Nice.