Virtues according to Benjamin Franklin

Virtues according to Benjamin Franklin

These are the virtues[12] that Benjamin Franklin used to develop what he called ‘moral perfection’. He had a checklist in a notebook to measure each day how he lived up to his virtues.
They became known through Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography.

Temperance: Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation.

Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation.

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 Uncleanness in Body, Clothes or Habitation.

Tranquility: 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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