Is patience a virtue?

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The short answer is "no".  There are seven things; concepts, ideas, or qualities that are generally considered as a "virtue" but patience is not one of them.  

The seven virtues are sometimes called the Seven Holy Virtues and consist of the Four Cardinal Virtues (from ancient Greek philosophy) and the three Theological Virtues (from the letters of Saint Paul of Tarsus).

They are as follows:


  1. Prudence: also known as "Providence" (from the Latin Providentia; to see ahead).  It is the ability to discern between good and evil and, as such, all the other Virtues stem from it.  It gives one the means by which to govern and discipline their whole life.  It has been called "the Mother of All Virtues."
  2. Justice: the moderation between selfishness and selflessness.  It is said that a just man is in just the right place, doing his best and giving the precise equivalent of what he has received.  It is a central part of the idea that "All men are endowed by their Creator with inalienable rights."  The Jungian archetype of Justice is the King sitting on his throne.
  3. Courage: also known as "Fortitude", it is the ability and willingness to stand resolute in the face of such things as fear, pain, danger, uncertainty and intimidation.  Thomas Aquinas called it a "firmness of mind and a firmness of bearing."  Japan's ancient Samurai called it Yamato Damashi i - an "Immovable Spirit".
  4. Temperance: also known as "Restraint", it is the control of excess (and is the opposite of gluttony).  Temperance is the ability to moderate one's actions, thoughts and feelings.  It is self-discipline and self-control.


Stay tuned for the very famous three theological virtues!

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