The Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

T E M P E R A N C E
Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.

S I L E N C E
Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

O R D E R
Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

R E S O L U T I O N
Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

F R U G A L I T Y
Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing

I N D U S T R Y
Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.

S I N C E R I T Y
Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

J U S T I C E
Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

M O D E R A T I O N
Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

C L E A N L I N E S S
Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.

T R A N Q U I L I T Y
Be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.

C H A S T I T Y
Rarely use venery but for health or offspring – never to dullness,
or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

H U M I L I T Y
Imitate Jesus and Socrates

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