Four Virtues Pendant
"If, at some point in your life, you should come across anything better than justice, truth, self-control, courage—it must be an extraordinary thing indeed.” —Marcus Aurelius
The Stoics believed in Four Virtues: Justice. Temperance. Wisdom. Courage.
Compared to these things, everything else is cheap, if not worthless. Every situation, every moment is an opportunity to exemplify these forms of human excellence. There is no challenge, no problem so big that it does not call for courage, moderation, justice or wisdom.
To keep these virtues in mind, we are extremely excited to introduce the Four Virtues Pendant. This design, custom to Daily Stoic, was hand-sketched by an artist in Brooklyn, NY, Lewis Williams. The mixed-metal pendants are handmade by the same artist who drew the design, using the ancient processes of carving into the wax and casting into brass and sterling silver and then sawing, engraving, hammering & soldering the metals with precision and care. Each pendant comes with a 24" sterling silver chain and is handcrafted using traditional techniques and only the finest materials.
The front of the pendant features a custom-designed seal with four elements representing the Four Virtues: a lion (Courage), a jug of wine being poured out (Temperance), a set of scales (Justice), and an owl (Wisdom). We hand engraved "ACTA NON VERBA" on the back, which translates to "Actions, not words."
Like the Cardinal directions, the four main points on the compass—north, south, east, west—the four virtues are a kind of compass. A guide to what to do, who to be, how to behave, how to respond in every situation—with:
Courage, bravery, fortitude, honor, sacrifice...
Temperance, self-control, moderation, composure, balance...
Justice, fairness, service, fellowship, goodness, kindness...
Wisdom, knowledge, education, truth, self-reflection, serenity...
This creation was made to last for generations. Pass down these Stoic virtues for years to come.
- Solid Sterling Silver Pendant (2 cm wide, 3.5 cm tall)
- Brass Center Emblem (1.5 cm wide, 2 cm tall)
- 24" Sterling Silver Chain