Virtues

The online ADF study group I’m attending is studying the 9 virtues now.  Wisdom, piety, vision, courage, integrity, perseverance, hospitality, moderation and fertility. I’m going to start working on my essays for each. The other day I got a great quote about virtue itself from a Roman mailing list:

Gaius Musonius Rufus, Discourse VI 52.8-15:

Virtue is not simply theoretical knowledge, but it is practical application as well, just like the arts of medicine and music. Therefore, as the physician and the musician not only must master the theoretical side of their respective arts but must also train themselves to act according to their principles, so a man who wishes to become good not only must be thoroughly familiar with the precepts which are conducive to virtue but must also be earnest and zealous in applying these principles.

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