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The 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

The 13 Virtues of Benjamin Franklin

I have been studying Benjamin Franklin's words, and found his 13 virtues to be valuable - and felt like it would be worth sharing here. 

He tracked his progress on each virtue daily.

Many of these he struggled with mightily and used his development of those virtues as a way to help overcome them.

I think that is an important point. 

We often beat ourselves up because of our struggles, and yet we revere others who have those same weaknesses. 

Benjamin Franklin is a good example of that - he had weaknesses like we all do, but he was willing to put in the work to overcome them. 

I hope you find value in them!


Benjamin Franklin's 13 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; 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. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10) Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness 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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