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Acceptance To consider circumstances, especially those that can not be changed, as satisfactory.
Accountability The quality or state of being accountable; especially: an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one's actions.
Ambition Having a strong desire for success or achievement.
Assertiveness Disposed to or characterized by bold or confident assertion.
Beauty The quality or aggregate of qualities in a person or thing that gives pleasure to the senses or pleasurably exalts the mind or spirit. Aesthetic harmony.
Benevolence The disposition to do good.
Bravery A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger of pain without showing fear.
Caring to give care. A concern for...
Charity Generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering. Aid given to those in need.
Chastity Purity in conduct and intention.
Caution Avoidance of rashness, attention to safety.
Cleanliness Careful to keep clean : fastidious, habitually kept clean.
Commitment The firm carrying out of purpose.
Compassion Sympathetic awareness of others' distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Confidence A feeling of one's powers or of reliance on one's circumstances. Faith in oneself.
Consideration Thoughtful and sympathetic regard for the needs of others. Careful thought.
Contentment The quality of feeling satisfied with one's possessions, status, or situation.
Cooperation To associate with another or others for mutual benefit/to achieve a shared goal.
Courage A quality of spirit that enables you to face danger or pain without showing fear.
Courtesy Polite, respectful or considerate behaviour mindful of other people.
Creativity The ability to create. A quality involving the generation of new ideas or concepts, or new associations of the creative mind between existing ideas or concepts.
Curiosity A desire to find out and know things.
Defiance Bold resistance.
Dependability Reliable, worthy of reliance or trust.
Detachment Freedom from atachments.
Determination Firmness of purpose.
Devotion A great love or loyalty, enthusiastic zeal.
Diligence Conscientiousness in paying proper attention to a task; giving the degree of care required in a given situation. Persevering determination to perform a task.
Discernment The ability to distinguish; judgement; Discrimination; To distinguish between things; To perceive differences that exist.
Discretion Being discrete in ones speech, keeping secrets.
Discipline The trait of being well behaved and under control.
Eloquence Powerful and effective language. Fluent, persuasive and articulate speech.
Empathy Identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives.
Enthusiasm A feeling of excitement. Exuberance: overflowing with eager enjoyment or approval.
Excellence The quality of excelling; possessing good qualities in high degree.
Faith Complete confidence in a person, plan or set of beliefs etc.
Faithfulness Steadfast in affection or allegiance; loyal.
Flexibility Adaptable, able to be changed to suit circumstances.
Focus Concentrated awareness and effort.
Forbearance Restraint under provocation; patience: good-natured tolerance of delay or incompetence.
Forgiveness To cease to feel angry or bitter towards a person or about an offense.
Fortitude Strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage.
Friendliness Agreeableness is a tendency to be pleasant and accommodating.
Frugality Prudence in avoiding waste. Being economical with resources.
Generosity Giving or ready to give freely, free from meanness or prejudice.
Gentleness Moderate; mild, quite; not rough or severe.
Grace Elegance and beauty of movement or expression.
Gratitude Being thankful.
Helpfulness The quality of providing useful assistance.
Honesty Truthful; sincere; not lying or cheating.
Honor Not disposed to cheat or defraud; not deceptive or fraudulent. Worthy of being honored.
Hope The general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled.
Humbleness Modest; not arrogant or boastful.
Humility A disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride.
Humor The ability to perceive, enjoy, or express what is amusing, comical, incongruous, or absurd.
Idealism High mindedness: elevated ideals and conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued.
Integrity Moral soundness; Integrity is consistency of values and actions. Unbroken completeness with nothing lacking.
Impartiality Fair. An inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally without bias.
Industry Diligent, hardworking.
Innocence Guileless, not guilty.
Joyfulness The emotion of great happiness
Justice Fair, impartial, giving a deserved response.
Kindness Friendly, helpful, well meaning.
Knowledge Part of the hierarchy made up of data, information and knowledge. Data are raw facts. Information is data with context and perspective. Knowledge is information with guidance for action based upon insight and experience.
Liberality An inclination to favor progress and individual freedom the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament.
Love A deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.
Loyalty Steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty.
Magnanimity The virtue of being great of mind and heart. It encompasses, usually, a refusal to be petty, a willingness to face danger, and actions for noble purposes.
Majesty Great and impressive dignity.
Meekness The feeling of patient, submissive humbleness; a disposition to be patient and long suffering.
Mercy Clemency: leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice.
Moderation The avoidance of extremes in one's actions or opinions.
Modesty Freedom from vanity or conceit. Not inclined to boast.
Obedience Willingness to obey, to be controlled when necessary, to carry out orders.
Openness Ready and willing to talk candidly.Unsecretive.
Orderliness Neatness and tidiness. A personality trait which involves the organization of things into a state of order and symmetry. The quality of appreciating method and system.
Patience The ability to endure delay, trouble, pain or hardship.
Peace Freedom from mental agitation; serenity.
Perseverance Being persistent, refusing to stop despite failures, delays and difficulties.
Persistence Never-ceasing, relentless.
Piety Humble devotion to a high ideal.
Prudence Wise or careful in conduct. Shrewd or thrifty in planning ahead.
Punctuality The quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time.
Purity Freedom from defilement. Undiluted or unmixed with extraneous material. Unsullied by sin or moral wrong.
Purposefulness Having a definite goal.
Reliability Can be trusted to do something.
Resoluteness The quality of being firm in purpose.
Resourcefulness The ablility to act effectively or imaginatively, especially in regard to difficult situations and unusual problems.
Respect Admiration for others. Treating people with due dignity.
Responsibility Having control over and accountability for appropriate events.
Restraint Holding Back.
Reverence Profound awe and respect.
Righteousness Adhering to moral principles. Holiness.
Selflessness The quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others.
Self Sacrifice The giving up of one's own benefit, especially giving up one's life, for the good of others.
Service Work done by one person or group that benefits another.
Sensitivity Heightened awareness of oneself and others within the context of social and personal relationships.
Silence Inner peace. Being silent.
Simplicity Straightforward; not complex or complicated. Unpretentious.
Sincerity Free from pretense or deceit in manner or actions.
Sobriety Serious, solemn and calm. Free from intoxication.
Spontaneity Natural, not planned.
Steadfastness Firm, resolute; determinedly unwavering.
Strength Capable of exerting great force.
Tact Consideration in dealing with others and avoiding giving offense.
Temperance Moderation and self-restraint, as in behavior or expression. Restraint in the use of or abstinence from alcoholic liquors/intoxicants.
Thankfulness Warm friendly feelings of gratitude.
Thrift The characteristic of using a minimum of something. Saving.
Tolerance Tending to permit, allow, understand, or accept something; tending to withstand or survive.
Toughness Strong and durable; not easily damaged.
Tranquility Serenely quite and peaceful; undisturbed.
Trust Having confidence in others; lacking suspicion.
Trustworthiness Able to be trusted or depended on; reliable.
Truthfulness Accurately depicting what is real.
Understanding Comprehension, assimilation of knowledge. The holistic awareness of facts.
Unity Freedom from division. Oneness.
Vitality Exuberant physical strength or mental vigor, energy.
Wisdom The trait of utilizing knowledge and experience with common sense and insight.
Wonder The feeling aroused by something strange and surprising.
Zeal Ardor. A feeling of strong eagerness. Tireless devotion.

If you think of a Virtue that should be on this list then please contact me, thanks.

Definition of Virtue: Excellence in morals; A good habit; a character trait or quality valued as being good.

Etymology of Virtue: early 13c., "moral life and conduct, moral excellence," vertu, from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. vertu, from L. virtutem (nom. virtus) "moral strength, manliness, valor, excellence, worth,"


Positive Suggestions: "Awaken your natural Virtue"
"Perfect Virtue is within you"
"Allow yourself to feel Virtue now"
"Accept Virtue"
"Trust in your Virtue"


Read these short Articles: Virtue and Character-Why Study?
Is there a Foundation Virtue?


Are you interested in healing your character? Would you like to increase your Virtues? If so then I recommend:
"Inner Medicine" my free ebook available on this site. (48 short chapters-16 of which are practical inner exercises).
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The Virtues
by Pope Benedict XVISearch for Pope Benedict XVI
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"...The truly great thing in Christianity, which does not dispense one from small, daily things but must not be concealed by them either, is this ability to come into contact with God."
---Pope Benedict XVI

One of the greatest teachers of our day, Pope Benedict XVI has frequently spoken about the pursuit of virtue. In these selections from homilies and addresses, the Holy Father draws on the lives of saints, the Catechism, and common experiences to bring us into a deeper understanding of the virtues and how to cultivate them in our own lives so that we can grow closer to the Lord.

Allow Pope Benedict XVI to instruct you on nurturing all the basic Christian virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity, called the Theological Virtues and Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temperance the Cardinal Virtues.

A virtue is a habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1803)
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Learning the Virtues: That Lead You to God
by Romano GuardiniSearch for Romano Guardini
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There's more to goodness than keeping the Commandments: you've got to cultivate virtue, too, so that you please God in what you do not merely in what you don t do. In these pages, you'll learn countless ways to grow in such virtue.

The wise Msgr. Romano Guardini, a German priest hailed by Pope Benedict XVI as a great figure who aspired to the truth of God and to the truth of man, leads you from a consideration of virtue in itself to a discussion of each of the key virtues that will make you holy and lead you to God.

Here you'll learn how to begin practicing the virtues and make them part of your daily routine. You'll also learn about:


  • Envy, the hidden sin, even in the spiritually mature: how to fight it
  • Courtesy: how good manners are spiritually vital to souls
  • "What is truth?" The surprising answer to Pilate's question will transform you
  • Patience: it's the prerequisite for all moral growth, and only the morally strong attain it
  • Orderliness: not a moral virtue in itself, but lack of it may cost your soul
  • Why a sense of humor is so important even to your spiritual health
  • The strange contradiction in blaming God for the evil in the world
  • Belief in progress: in our day it can be a form of idolatry
  • The tyranny of justice: why so many justice movements turn unjust (knowing this is the key to our future as a society)
  • Asceticism: it's not just for monks without it, you may not be saved!
  • Trashy movies: there's spiritual danger even in the ones that don't obviously glorify sin
  • Discover why noise weakens the soul, and how silence is balm for your spiritual life
  • Plus: many other topics to help you grow in the virtues that lead you to God!

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    1636: The Cardinal Virtues (The Ring of Fire)
    by Eric Flint, Walter H Hunt
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    Book #19 in the multiple New York Times best-selling Ring of Fire series. After carving a free state for itself in war-torn 17th century Europe, citizens of the modern town of Grantville, West Virginia must contend with France's infamous Cardinal Richilieu, who is determined to keep his grip on power no matter what history says.

    France, 1636 . . . It has been twenty years since King Louis took Aña Maria Mauricia, daughter of Spain's King Philip III, as his wife, and their union has not yet produced an heir. Under the guidance of his chief minister, Cardinal Richelieu, a plan is developed to remedy that situation. Once she is with child, Queen Anne goes into seclusion to guard her health and protect her from those who would prefer that the child is never born?France?s foreign enemies as well as schemers such as Monsieur Gaston d?Orleans, the King?s younger brother and heir. When the Crown?s opponents make their move, factions inside and outside France must choose sides and help determine the future and fate of the Kingdom.

    About 1636: The Devil's Opera:
    ?Another engaging alternate history from a master of the genre.??Booklist

    ?. . . an old-style police-procedural mystery, set in 17th century Germany. . . . the threads . . . spin together . . . to weave an addictively entertaining story. . . . a strong addition to a fun series.?? Daily News of Galveston County

    About Eric Flint?s Ring of Fire series:
    ?This alternate history series is ? a landmark???Booklist

    ?[Eric] Flint's 1632 universe seems to be inspiring a whole new crop of gifted alternate historians.??Booklist

    ??reads like a technothriller set in the age of the Medicis???Publishers Weekly
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    Virtue Falls
    by Christina DoddSearch for Christina Dodd
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    Blockbuster bestselling author Christina Dodd delivers a novel that will leave readers breathlessly turning the pages in this "stunning work of mystery, danger, and romance." (RT Book Reviews).

    Twenty-three years ago, in the isolated coastal town of Virtue Falls, Washington, four year old Elizabeth Banner witnessed her mother's brutal murder. Elizabeth's father was convicted of killing Misty and sentenced to prison. Elizabeth grew from a solitary child to a beautiful woman with a cool scientific mind
     and an instinctive distrust of love. Now Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls, a geologist like her father, her life guided by logic and facts. But nothing can help her through the emotional chaos that follows the return of her ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen, an FBI agent on probation and tortured by the guilt of his past deeds. Nor can it help her deal with her father, now stricken with Alzheimer's and haunted by Misty's ghost. When a massive earthquake reveals long-concealed secrets, Elizabeth soon discovers her father is innocent. Is the killer still at large, stalking ever closer to the one witness to Misty's murder? To Elizabeth herself? Elizabeth and Garik investigate, stirring old dark and deadly resentments that could provoke another bloody murder-- Elizabeth's own.

    VIRTUE FALLS is the w
    inner of the coveted RT Book Reviews Award. 

    "Intense and suspenseful, with touches of romance, humor and mysticism."--Kirkus Reviews

    "Nail-biting suspense... the novel's sexy romantic core will still please [Dodd's] longtime fans."--Booklist (starred review)

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    Romance: The Billionaires Virtue - A Billionaire Romance (Romance, Contemporary Romance, Billionaire Romance, The Billionaire's Heart Book 3)
    by Nancy AdamsSearch for Nancy Adams

    Book III: The Billionaires Virtue



    Book I: The Billionaires Heart - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XRRAWYM
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    Book IV: The Billionaires Wedding - Coming Soon!
    Book V: The Billionaires Love - Coming Soon!
    Book VI: The Billionaires Family - Coming Soon!

    Nathanael has been accused of sexual harassment, by a woman he confronted about stealing money from the store, and that woman has Katelynn believing her story, because of some incredibly realistic photos that seem to prove it true. When Nate decides to go on the offensive, however, Katelynn starts to catch on, and finally comes to realize that she has been duped.

    Getting the matter straightened out isn't so simple, though, and a private investigator is working the case, gathering evidence to prove Nate's innocence, and put his accuser away. When he discovers that she has an accomplice who may be even more dangerous than she is, he starts to think there might be more to the story than they know, and he's right about that, but wrong about what the dangers really are.

    Now his mistake may cost Katelynn her life, unless Nate can get there in time to save her!
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    Virtue and Valor: Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series
    by Collette CameronSearch for Collette Cameron

    Bartholomew Yancy never expected to inherit an English earldom and had no intention of marrying. Now, the Earl of Ramsbury and last in his line, he's obligated to resign his position as England's War Secretary, find a wife, and produce an heir. Only one woman holds the least appeal: Isobel Ferguson, an exquisite Scotswoman. Brought to Scotland to mediate between feuding clans, he doggedly woos her. 

    Disillusioned with men pursuing her for her attractiveness, rather than her unusual intellect, Isobel has all but abandoned any hope of finding a husband in the Highlands. Not only does she believe Yancy no different than her other suitors, he's a notorious rake. She's been told he's practically betrothed. Therefore, his interest in her cannot possibly be honorable, and so she shuns his attentions. 

    When Isobel is mistakenly abducted by a band of rogue Scots, Yancy risks his life to rescues her. To salvage her compromised reputation, her brother and father insist she marry him. Yancy readily agrees, but Isobel--knowing full well she's fated for spinsterhood by refusing his offer--won't be coerced into marriage.

     
    Can love unite a reluctant earl and a disenchanted beauty? 

     *Though this book is part of a series, it is a stand-alone novel. 


    ** Be sure to check out the Castle Brides Series which inspired the Highland Heather Romancing a Scot Series. You'll meet some familiar characters!
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    Virtues of War (The Astral Saga)
    by Bennett R. ColesSearch for Bennett R. Coles
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    COLES WRITES WITH VERACITY, WITH A DELICIOUS STREAK OF SUBVERSION.?
    STEVEN ERIKSON, New York Times bestselling author of Gardens of the Moon
     
     
    Lieutenant Katja Emmes is assigned to the fast-attack craft Rapier, joining a mission to investigate weapons smuggling activity between the Terran colonies of Sirius and Centauria. If true, this act of rebellion could escalate rapidly, and lead to all-out war.
     
    When combat does erupt, its ferocity stuns the Terran forces, and pushes them to their limits. It tests the abilities of Lieutenant Emmes, as well, along with Sublieutenant Jack Mallory and Lieutenant Commander Thomas Kane, commanding officer of the Rapier. But failure is not acceptable.
     
    They must defeat the enemy... by whatever means necessary.
     
     
    ?PULSE-POUNDING MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION FROM A NEW MASTER OF THE GENRE.?
    WILLIAM C. DIETZ, bestselling author of Andromeda?s Fall
     
    ?DELIVERED AT MAXIMUM VELOCITY WITH LASER-GUIDED PRECISION.?
    CHRIS EVANS, author of Of Bone and Thunder
     
    ?VICARIOUS THRILL RIDES THAT GET THE READER?S HEART PUMPING... WROUGHT WITH SUSPENSE.?
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    Virtue
    by Heather BattalySearch for Heather Battaly
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    What is a virtue, and how are virtues different from vices? Do people with virtues lead better lives than the rest of us? Do they know more? Can we acquire virtues if so, how?

    In this lively and engaging introduction to this core topic, Heather Battaly argues that there is more than one kind of virtue. Some virtues make the world a better place, or help us to attain knowledge. Other virtues are dependent upon good intentions like caring about other people or about truth. Virtue is an original approach to the topic, which carefully situates the fields of virtue ethics and virtue epistemology within a general theory of virtue. It argues that there are good reasons to acquire moral and intellectual virtues virtuous people often attain greater knowledge and lead better lives. As well as approaching virtue in a novel and illuminating way, Battaly ably guides the reader through the dense literature surrounding the topic, deftly moving from important specific and technical points to more general issues and questions. The final chapter proposes strategies for helping university students acquire intellectual virtues. Battaly?s insights are complemented by entertaining examples from popular culture, literature, and film, really bringing this topic to life for readers.

    Virtue is the ideal introduction to the topic. It will be an equally vital resource for students who are encountering the topic for the first time, and for scholars who are deeply engaged in virtue theory.


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    The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You'll Ever Love
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    From the all-star cast who brought you The Seven Deadly Virtues comes a book with a look at the good life? or the crazy-stressful-overwhelmed life? of a father.

    The Dadly Virtues is a tongue-in-cheek collection of encouragement and guidance for any stage of fatherhood, from pacifying babies to prepping for senior prom, from cutting the cord to getting the first, ?Best Grandpa? t-shirt. P.J. O?Rourke sets the stage with the chapter, ?What Do Men Get from Fatherhood? Besides What They Put In ?? and then is followed by:
    ?Matthew Continetti?s, ?Newborn Terror: The Moment You Realize that ?Bundle of Joy? Is a Euphemism for Something Very Different.?
    ?Stephen F. Hayes? ?Siblings: The Best Gift You?ll Ever Give Your Kids.?
    ?Jonah Goldberg?s ?Get Your Kid a Dog: The Moral Case for Pets.?
    ?Tucker Carlson?s ?In Praise of Adventure: How to Fill a Child?s Life with Excitement and Danger (without Getting Them Killed).?
    ?Michael Graham?s, ?Dating: Enjoy the Movie and Please Keep the Impregnation to a Minimum.?
    ?Christopher Caldwell?s ?College: It?s Not as Bad as You Think; It?s Worse.?
    ?Andrew Ferguson?s ?Emerging Adults and Empty Nesters: Just When You Had Fatherhood All Figured Out.?
    ?Toby Young?s ?The Dark Side: Bad Parenting and the Things We Think, but Do Not Say.?
    ?Joseph Epstein?s ?Thanks, Grandpa: Grandfatherhood and the Spirit of the Age.?
    ?And more.

    Father-to-be, two-time-dad, or granddad, each essay will make you laugh and, at the same time, reinforce your commitment to the virtuous?the dadly?life.

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    Virtue
    by Jane FeatherSearch for Jane Feather
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    Duping unwary nobleman out of their fortunes in the gaming halls--a dangerous game she plays in order to raise money to avenge her father's death--Judith Davenport finds herself under the scrutiny of the honorable Marquis of Carrington.
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