The Intellectual Virtues

Acquisition virtues: passion for the truth

  • inquisitiveness
  • teachableness
  • persistence
  • humility

Maintenance virtues: passion for consistency

  • perseverance
  • courage
  • constancy
  • tenacity
  • patience
  • humility

Application virtues: passion for holiness

  • will to do what one knows
  • love
  • fortitude
  • integrity
  • humility

Communication virtues: compassion for others

  • clarity of expression
  • orderliness of presentation
  • aptness of illustration
  • humility

–James Sire, Habits of the Mind

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