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Thirteen virtues of Benjamin Franklin

When I was a teenager, I tried following these virtues. Some stuck, others need to be revisited.

1. TEMPERANCE: Eat not to dullness, drink not to Elevation

2. SILENCE: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

3. ORDER: Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have it’s time.

4. RESOLUTION: Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

5. FRUGALITY: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.

6. INDUSTRY: Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

7. SINCERITY: Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. JUSTICE: Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. MODERATION: Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. CLEANLINESS: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

11. TRANQUILITY: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

12.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.

13. HUMILITY: Imitate Jesus and Socrates

See http://www.franklinomics.com/benjamin-franklin-thirteen-virtues.html


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May. 7th, 2006 10:07 pm (UTC)
Some really good quotes there... particularly recommend 1 and 2. Even if I'm not always a practitioner.
May. 8th, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)

No. 1: I do off and on regarding food. I'm not much of a drinker. Grew out of it after college.

No. 2: Lately, I don't talk as much, but I do need to work on bathering on when the mood to talk happens...
May. 7th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
I've taken the Franklin Covey classes through work that talk about Ben Franklin's "habits" and if I remember correctly the last one - humility - is the only one he said he was not able to achieve. And that's because someone else suggested that habit to him, it's not one he came up with himself.
(hope I didn't butcher that little bit of trivia, but I thought it was amusing when I heard that)
May. 8th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
D', that's a great bit of trivia ... don't know if it's true or not, Franklin couldn't be perfect ... I know he wasn't, yet he tried.

:: waving "Hi" ::
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