13 life virtues worth pursuing –

“ Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do. ”

Benjamin Franklin

(be complainless… not foolish)

From Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography…

My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time; and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I should have gone through the thirteen; and, as the previous acquisition of some might facilitate the acquisition of certain others, I arranged them with that view, as they stand [below].

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 uncleanliness 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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