Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790

His “Plan” was made
up of 13 virtues, each with short descriptions:

1. Temperance: Eat
not to dullness and 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 its

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 employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary

7. Sincerity: Use
no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak

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 uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. 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.

12. Tranquility:
Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

13. Humility: Imitate
Jesus and Socrates.

Benjamin Franklin

Rules to live by.


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