Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Benjamin Franklin's Thirteen Names of Virtues

Thirteen Names of Virtues

Names of Virtues

1. Temperance

Eat not to dullness

Drink no to elevation

2. Silence

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself

Avoid trifling conversations


Let all your things have their place

Let each part of business have its time

4. Resolution

Resolve to perform what you ought

Perform without fail what you resolve


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


Lose no time Be always employed in something useful

Cut off 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 Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think you deserve

10. Cleanliness

Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation

11. Tranquillity

Be not disturbed as trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable

12. Chastity

Rarely use Verney but for health or offspring- never to dullness,weakness, or the injury of your own or an other's peace or reputation

13. Humility

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

My intention being to acquire the habitues of all thee virtues

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