Friday, December 10, 2010

Quotes- Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues

Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations.
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 not 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; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think you deserve.
Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation.
Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles or 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.
-Benjamin Franklin 13 virtues

I'm currently reading On Becoming a Leader and Benjamin Franklin has been used quote a few times. He was a great man who's relationships with foreign dignitaries was a crucial cog in early America. A renaissance man he did a little of everything. A renowned ladies man and partier he didn't always maintain these virtues, but isn't that what a virtue is. Something we can strive for without ever perfectly achieving.

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