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"She teacheth temperance, and prudence, and justice, and fortitude, which are such things as men can have nothing more profitable in life."
King James Bible Apocrypha, Wisdom of Solomon,
Chapter 8, Verse 7.
"Temperance is love giving itself entirely to that which is loved; fortitude is love readily bearing all things for the sake of the loved object; justice is love serving only the loved object, and therefore ruling rightly; prudence is love distinguishing with sagacity between what hinders it and what helps it."
St. Augustine, Of the Morals of the Catholic Church
Chapter 15 - The Christian Definition of the Four Virtues, Archive.
[Origin: bef. 1150; ME, OE < L cardinālis, equiv. to cardin- (s. of cardō) hinge, hence, something on which other things hinge + -ālis -al1]
I thought it had something to do with North/South/East/West ... the Cardinal Directions?
OK ... maybe that's it, hinges on, or depends on ... "most important" ... ok.
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