13 Virtues For Life By Benjamin Franklin
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13 Virtues For Life By Benjamin Franklin



13 Virtues For Life By Benjamin Franklin

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  • 13
    Virtues For Life
    Benjamin Franklin
  • ‘‘Doest thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that’s the
    stuff life is made of. ’’
    -- Benjamin Franklin
  • ‘‘When Benjamin Franklin was 22-years old, he conceived the
    "bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection".
    In essence, he asked himself the question: "What are my highest
    priorities in life?"
  • From this period of introspection, he emerged with thirteen "virtues" - his governing values. So there would be no question in his mind what those values meant to him, he qualified each of them with a written statement. The result of this exercise is shown below:
  • Virtue 1 : Temperance
    Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • Virtue 2 : Silence
    Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations.
  • Virtue 3 : Order
    Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • Virtue 4 : Resolution
    Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • Virtue 5 : Frugality
    Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; that waste nothing.
  • Virtue 6 : Industry
    Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • Virtue 7 : Sincerity
    Use no harmful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • Virtue 8 : Justice
    Wrong none by doing injuries; or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • Virtue 9 : Moderation
    Avoid extremes; forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • Virtue 10 : Cleanliness
    Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
  • Virtue 11 : Tranquility
    Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • Virtue 12 : Chastity
    Rarely use venery but for the health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  • Virtue 13 : Humility
    Franklin took those twelve statements to a Quaker friend of his and asked his opinion of them. The Quaker friend looked at them and informed Franklin that he’s forgotten one: humility. So Franklin added a thirteenth virtue: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
  • Franklin then organized his life into thirteen week cycles, and for one week out of thirteen he would mentally focus on one of those virtues in an effort to bring his performance in line with his values. Ben Franklin first identified his governing values, then he made a concerted effort to live his life day in, day out, according to those values.
  • "On the whole, tho’ I never arrived at the Perfection
    I had been so ambitious of obtaining, but fell far short of it, yet was I by the endeavor a better and happier Man than
    I otherwise would have been,
    if I had not attempted it".
    - Franklin at the age of 78
  • “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.” -- Benjamin Franklin
    Thank You Very Much
    Credit Photo : Patrick Smith