Franklin's Thirteen Virtues, by Benjamin Franklin (1726)

Written and followed by twenty-year-old Franklin in an attempt to "live without commuting any fault at any time." He kept a book filled with charts to track his progress.
  1. 1.
    Temperance:
    Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  2. 2.
    Silence:
    Speak not but what may benefit other or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  3. 3.
    Order:
    Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  4. 4.
    Resolution:
    Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. 5.
    Frugality:
    Make no expense but to do good to other or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  6. 6.
    Industry:
    Lose no time; be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  7. 7.
    Sincerity:
    Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. 8.
    Justice:
    Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  9. 9.
    Moderation:
    Avoid extreams; forebear restraining injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. 10.
    Cleanliness:
    Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. 11.
    Tranquility:
    Be not disturbed at trifles; or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. 12.
    Chastity:
    Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputation.
  13. 13.
    Humility:
    Imitate Jesus and Socrates.