Characteristic Strengths We Value


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What to one man is the virtue which he has sunk below the possibility of aspiring to, is to another the backsliding by which he forfeits his spiritual crown.
— GEORGE ELIOT, Felix Holt


Strengths that allow one to accomplish goals in the face of opposition

  • Bravery
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Vitality

It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.
— ABRAHAM LINCOLN, attributed, The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln


Strengths that protect against excess to varying degrees

  • Forgiveness and Mercy
  • Humility and Modesty
  • Prudence
  • Self-Regulation and Self Control


Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli


Strengths that involve the acquisition and use of knowledge

  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Open-mindedness
  • Love of Learning
  • Perspective and Wisdom: the coordination of “knowledge and experience” and “its deliberate use to improve wellbeing.”   

Design is a solution to a problem. Art is a question to a problem.
— John Maeda
Feri Candra

Feri Candra

Virtue has a secret dignity, even with those that ridicule it.
— NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections


Strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning

  • Appreciation of Beauty
  • Appreciation of Excellence
  • Gratitude
  • Hope
  • Humor and Playfulness
  • Spirituality

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The virtuous man contents himself with dreaming that which the wicked man does in actual life.
— SIGMUND FREUD, The Interpretation of Dreams


Strengths of tending and befriending others

  • Love
  • Kindness
  • Social Intelligence

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

Without virtue it is difficult to bear gracefully the honors of fortune.

— ARISTOTLE, Nicomachean Ethics


Strengths that build healthy community

  • Active Citizenship/ Social Responsibility / Loyalty /Teamwork
  • Fairness
  • Leadership

Light may be produced by candle, by oil, by gas, by electricity: warmth by wood, by coal, by steam. As it would be foolish for the user of one means to disparage all the others, so ‘tis foolish to fret because the manner in which others are virtuous differs from ours.
— IVAN PANIN, Thoughts
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