Sep 242010
 

Benjamin Franklin’s Goals of Virtue

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; that is, 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; speak accordingly.

Justice

– Wrong none by doing injuries; or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

Moderation

– Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think deserve.

Cleanliness

– Tolerate no uncleanliness 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.