Franklin's 13 Virtues

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), founding father of the United States, scientist, abolitionist, author, politician, civic activist, politician, diplomat and publisher wrote his 13 virtues at the age of 20.  They were the principles by which he lived his life and he committed to focusing on one of his 13 virtues every week - just one at a time. 

Although he admitted not always having lived up to his virtues, he believed that just by trying to honour them he became a better, happier, more successful man and in his autobiography gave more space to discussing them than to any other single event of his (eventful) life.

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
Benjamin Franklin

Franklin's 13 Virtues were...
Temperance
Silence
Order
Resolution
Frugality
Industry
Sincerity
Justice
Moderation
Cleanliness
Chastity
Tranquility
Humility

Here are mine...
Silence
Love
Restraint
Honesty
Devotion
Application
Hope
Generosity
Humility
Kindness
Balance
Contentment
Grace

What are yours?

Comments

  1. Here are mine - alphabetically! - Acceptance, Courage, Diligence, Empathy, Faith, Honesty, Hope, Kindness, Love, Openness, Patience, Simplicity, Wonder. Vanessa.

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  2. I have decided that I would like another virtue, so my fourteenth virtue (Forster's fourteenth!) is...FUN! Vanessa.

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  3. You're right - we should all have fun as our 14th virtue :)

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