November 3

13 Virtues

Posted by lori . 7 Comments


In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin devised a personal plan of conduct which consisted of 13 virtues.

TEMPERANCE – Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

SILENCE – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

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; i.e., waste nothing.

INDUSTRY – Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

SINCERITY – Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, 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 they deserve.

CLEANLINESS – Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

TRANQUILLITY – Be not disturbed at trifles, or at 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.

Franklin committed to focusing on one virtue per week.   At the end of the 13th week, he would start the process over again.  He even created a chart to track his progress and carried it with him as a reminder of his plan of conduct.  The first letter of each day was listed on the top and the first letter of each virtue was listed down the left side.  He would add a dot if he felt he fell short of meeting that virtue on a given day.

I’m pretty sure you figured it out, but “venery” is sexual indulgence.  I’ll let you all know how many “spam” comments I get because I used the words “sexual indulgence” in a blog post.

Art Every Day Month – Day 3

I’m participating in Art Every Day Month.  Every day during the month of November I’m going to start a painting. They will vary in their completeness…from “just started” to done.”

Daily Inspiration

Do not fear mistakes.  You will know failure.  Continue to reach out.

Benjamin Franklin

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7 Responses to " 13 Virtues"

  • Penelope says:

    Love your girl of the day and I am laughing about Ben Franklin and I would Love to know how many responses you get!
    Nellie’s Mom

  • Sue says:

    Think I would have recommended old Ben to get a life:)

  • Patty says:

    What is it with spam comments? Honestly, I don’t understand why we get them. Are people that bored? What is the point of them? It will be interesting to see how many you get with his post.

    The girl is cute. I like her hair and the red shirt. She is different from your others.

  • Declan says:

    Seems like a wily old fella; Mum is laughing as sexual indulgence is ok for health reasons….covers most eventualities! Ooops.. that’s even more spam you’ll get!

  • Crazy that he thought of this life list at age 20! People must have matured earlier in those days. I discovered the “words to avoid” after I’d made a post about “stuff” haha. Good luck 🙂

  • Hazel says:

    I really liked your post. It was new knowledge and full of wisdom!

  • Pip says:

    I am thinking I should make a chart like this for my assistant! I am thinking a couple of these would be VERY difficult for her.

    Your pal, Pip

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