Benjamin Franklin’s Goals of Virtue
– Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
– Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
– Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
– Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
– Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; that is, waste nothing.
– Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
– Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; speak accordingly.
– Wrong none by doing injuries; or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
– Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think deserve.
– Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
– Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.
– Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
- Imitate Jesus and Socrates.