All the good and bad things I say, everything I do, and also what I think. Initially he found himself putting more marks on these pages than he ever imagined, but in time he enjoyed seeing them diminish. Choosing extreme positions or acting toward others in extreme ways often ends up with negative consequences for you without any real benefit. During the day, he might glance at these virtues a time or two to keep them fresh in his mind. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.
Early in the morning and in the evening only the people who stayed overnight could go on the rides. Millions had been take advantage of! In the same year, he printed a new currency for based on innovative anti- techniques he had devised. He also offered wise leadership as a member of the continental Congress and ambassador to France during a young land's tumultuous drive toward freedom. Resolution Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve. Or do they undermine them? Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. Ben Franklin's Virtue 1: Temperance: Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
In The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, The American Philosophical Society and Yale University; digital edition by The Packard Humanities Institute, Vol. He attributed most of his success and happiness to the pursuit of these virtues, though he admits that he never attained the perfection. Franklin then took his list to a respected friend who happened to be a Quaker. The boy's mother was never identified, and he was placed in foster care. When his brother was jailed for three weeks in 1722 for publishing material unflattering to the governor, young Franklin took over the newspaper and had Mrs.
Serve anonymously: Nobody needs to know that you picked up litter and recycled it. As an inventor, he is known for the , , and the , among other inventions. Whenever you spend a dollar or use something, have it be genuinely purposeful. Perservere in spite of obstacles. Learn how to recognize your own emotions inside and understand them without reacting to them or acting upon them. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the. These virtues may be worthwhile to consider following in your own life. The image of Franklin, the first of the United States, occurs on the face of U. In 1748, his business having expanded and flourished, Franklin retired, turning it over to his foreman in return for a regular stipend, thus gaining more time for scientific pursuits. I think of other people as testers. Through cleanliness, you can achieve a clear mind and order in life.
While in England in 1768, he heard a complaint from the Colonial Board of Customs: Why did it take British packet ships carrying mail several weeks longer to reach New York than it took an average merchant ship to reach? How then might we learn from Franklin's example? On the top of each variation of the card was listed one virtue, which was the main one he wanted to practice that week, along with a brief description of that virtue. And a number of the fictitious characters, Ridentius, Eugenius, Cato, and Cretico, represent traditional 18th-century classicism. Sincerity Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. Frankin, by his admission, struggled with chastity. Bad habits and wayward inclinations continued to lead him astray. 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. Wisdom in folk society meant the ability to provide an apt adage for any occasion, and Franklin's readers became well prepared. Learn to deal with both despite imperfections. He married his first wife, Anne Child, in about 1677 in Ecton and immigrated with her to in 1683; they had three children before immigrating, and four after. The Ordeal of Thomas Hutchinson.
Silence - Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation. He aimed at staying cool and clear by not overconsuming food and alcohol. Frugality Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing 6. Subsequent versions were printed in France in 1778 and the U. Franklin printed Moravian religious books in German. Keep your physical possessions organized so that you can always find what you need. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
Franklin in London, 1767, wearing a blue suit with elaborate gold braid and buttons, a far cry from the simple dress he affected at the in later years. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. In 1787, a group of prominent ministers in , proposed the foundation of a new college named in Franklin's honor. What are other examples of humor or irony in the story? Federal court decisions from the mid-to-late twentieth century cited the document as a reason for overturning obscenity laws, using it to make a case against censorship. The idea is to use your time efficiently. A certain quantity of heat will make some bodies good conductors, that will not otherwise conduct.
Rarely use but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation. Ben Franklin In his last years he corresponded widely, received many visitors, and invented a device for lifting books from high shelves. He resolved to always do right and to avoid doing wrong. Franklin 's List of Virtues 1. Even the most extreme activities will flatten at some point… You can avoid the flattening of your life by adjusting your senses. He knew what mattered most. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.