George Washington Carver was a popular teacher who was known to encourage and give advice to his Tuskegee students, who he even considered as his children. He made clear eight cardinal values that each lady or gentleman should have in a letter addressed to Mr. L. Robinson and his senior class1. Carver wrote these virtues in a thank you letter to the students for a fountain pen they gave him as a Christmas present.2 These virtues were presented to the students in the class as Carver wished “that each of you will rise to the full height of your possibilities”.3 The 8 Cardinal virtues were intended to help the student do that.4
They are as follows:
1. Be clean both inside and out.
2. Who neither looks up to the rich or down on the poor.
3. Who loses, if needs be, without squealing.5
4. Who wins without bragging.6
5. Who is always considerate of women, children, and old people.7
6. Who is too brave to lie.
7. Who is too generous to cheat.
8. Who takes his share of the world and lets other people have theirs.