NEOCA’s Ten Virtues

1. COURAGE. Strength in the face of adversity or pain. 

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.
It is also what it takes to sit down and listen” —Winston Churchill

2. COURTESY. Politeness.

“Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike
deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.” —Henry Clay

3. HONESTY. Integrity and truthfulness.

“To thine own self be true.” — Polonius, Hamlet

4. RESPECT. To hold in high regard and to act accordingly. 

“All I’m asking for is a little respect” —Aretha Franklin

5. CITIZENSHIP. Participation in civic life.

“You will ever remember that all the End of study is to make you a good Man and a useful Citizen —This will ever be the Sum total of the Advice of your affectionate Father”
—John Adams, letter to John Quincy Adams

6. TEMPERANCE. Moderation.

“Moderation in all things.” —Aristotle 

7. FORTITUDE. Strength and resolve.

“Fortitude is the capacity to say no when the world wants to hear yes.” —Erich Fromm

8.  JUSTICE. Before the law, it is what we deserve. In life, simple fairness. 

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected
are as outraged as those who are.” —Benjamin Franklin

9. HUMILITY. Humility is born in empathy and reflects an awareness that other things, as well as you, matter.

“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” —C.S. Lewis

10. RESPONSIBILITY. Its origins in Latin are linked to fulfilling a promise. We understand it to mean fulfilling a duty. 

“In dreams begin responsibilities.” —William Butler Yeats

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