Arriving at moral perfection

He also assumed that what one should do in any given situation, the kind of action "good habits" would dictate, would be easy to identify. His questionable worldview put aside, Franklin's list impresses on a purely literary level.

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Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly. That included what you did to earn a living and how you treated your kids. I ruled each page with red ink, so as to have seven columns, one for each day of the week, marking each column with a letter for the day.

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Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve. I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue, but I had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it. Temperance first, as it tends to procure that coolness and clearness of head which is so necessary where constant vigilance was to be kept up, and guard maintained against the unremitting attraction of ancient habits and the force of perpetual temptations. He wanted to achieve moral perfection. My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time, and, when I should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I should have gone thro' the thirteen; and, as the previous acquisition of some might facilitate the acquisition of certain others, I arranged them with that view, as they stand above. Moderation Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve. When it comes to achievement, they talk about money or fame or even happiness.

When it comes to achievement, they talk about money or fame or even happiness. It is not surprising, when the spirit behind this list is understood, that the original group of twelve virtues includes both temperance and moderation.

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And once these last two qualities were achieved, sincerity and justice would be easier to afford. For this purpose I therefore contrived the following method.

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Summary Of Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography