Saturday, August 18, 2007

Franklin's List of Virtues

by Charlie Reese

Franklin's list of virtues, which he was determined to acquire by habit, were temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility and chastity. The world would certainly be a better place, at least our corner of it, if more of us endeavored to acquire these virtues. Franklin admits he wasn't completely successful, but at least he tried.

I would recommend Franklin's autobiography to any young person. There's a great advantage to reading the words of wise people rather than squandering time with the words of idiots and hacks.


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