Ben Franklin's Guide to Life

Temperance: Eat not to dullness and 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. Forebear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.


Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.


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.


Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.


Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.