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Benjamin Franklin: 13 Virtues of Life

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues, by which he lived his life…

  • Temperance: Eat not to dullness, drink not to elevation.
  • Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conservation.
  • 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.
  • Industry: Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • 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.
  • Moderation: Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation.
  • Tranquillity: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • 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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