Day 238 – Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues

Temperance: “Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.”

Order: “Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.”

Resolution: “Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.”

Frugality: “Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.”

Moderation: “Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.”

Industry: “Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.”

Cleanliness: “Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.”

Tranquility: “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”

Silence: “Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.”

Sincerity: “Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.”

Justice: “Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.”

Chastity: “Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.”

Humility: “Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”

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