A Modification of the 13 Virtues as Described by Benjamin Franklin
- Temperance: Eat not to dullness;
drink not to elevation. Eat no processed sugar. Sleep 7
hours. Exercise 30 minutes.
- 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 & Courage: 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: Loose no time; be always
employ'd 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 by omitting the benefits that are your duty.
- Thinking & Writing: Spend daily
time reading and observing. Then write your thinking.
- Cleanliness: Tolerate no
uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
- Tranquility: 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, Love, & Outreach: Do
something good for two people per day. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
One virtue is reviewed every day for a week in the Daily
Strategies. Then the next week, the next virtue is covered.