The Thirteen Virtues – Benjamin Franklin

Being the first day of a new year, I thought I might break from my standard fare and post a New Year’s resolution for 2010. Well, not so much a resolution but a thought about how to live life, as written by Benjamin Franklin in “Poor Richard’s Almanack.” I managed to find these while flipping through my copy of the book and thought it appropriate for New Year’s Day. Truthfully, I do follow several of these…though several others are rather troublesome for me.

Happy New Year everyone…good luck in 2010!

The Thirteen Virtues:

  1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness. 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 time.
  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 actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. 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.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
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