Benjamin Franklin's List of Virtues Which he Attempted to Master

  • 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 employ'd 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 extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • CLEANLINESS: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, 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 dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  • HUMILITY: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
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