Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen 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 employ’d 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, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. 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.

Benjamin Franklin on Vice

Virtue may not always make a face handsome, but vice will certainly make it ugly.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Words

There’s small revenge in words, but words may be greatly revenged.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Fools

There are no fools so troublesome as those that have wit.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Words

Tart words make no friends; a spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of  vinegar.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Virtue

Retirement does not always secure virtue; Lot was upright in the city, wicked in the mountain.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Contentment

He that is rich need not live sparingly, and he that can live sparingly, need not be rich.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Wealth

Great estates may venture more; little boats must keep near shore.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Hope

Cut the wings of your hens and hopes, lest they lead you a weary dance after them.

~ Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin on Contentment

Content and riches seldom meet together. Riches take thou, contentment I had rather.

~ Benjamin Franklin