Benjamin Franklin 13 virtues.

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Benjamin Franklin 13 virtues.

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Sun Jul 14, 2013 9:22 am

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 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; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

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.
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Re: Benjamin Franklin 13 virtues.

Postby Danny_Alvarez on Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:54 pm

I love this, thanks for sharing Alex...
Clearly Benjamin Franklin (my most admired USA political figure of all time) didn't have the internet at his disposal....
The internet and its use clearly contravene just about all of the 13 virtues :D :roll:

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Re: Benjamin Franklin 13 virtues.

Postby Alex_Moiseyev on Sun Jul 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Actually it was more than just list of virtues, it was small tractate about self-improvement system. Every week you have to work on one specific virtue doing every day something special related to this virtue. Next week switch to the next virtue etc. After repeating cycle 4 times, it will be a full year 13x4 = 52 weeks !

That might be the reason (math) why Benjamin Franklin switched from 12 virtues to 13.

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