Virtue is moral excellence. A virtue is a trait or quality that is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. Personal virtues are characteristics valued as promoting collective and individual greatness. It is a behavior that shows high moral standards. Doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong. The opposite of virtue is vice.


Virtue is when people realize their own limitedness, and let go of their pettiness in the infinity of the universe.


A virtue is generally agreed to be a character trait, such as a habitual action or settled sentiment. Specifically, a virtue is a positive trait that makes its possessor a good human being. A virtue is thus to be distinguished from single actions or feelings.

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Forgiveness as a Virtue

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Charity as Practice

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Morality in Islam

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Value in Ethics

Value in Ethics In ethics, value denotes the degree of importance of some thing or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do or what way is best to live (normative ethics), or to describe the significance of different actions. Value systems are proscriptive and prescriptive beliefs; they...

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Filial Piety

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