Thomas Jefferson was a great one for giving out advice. He wrote the list below, "Jefferson's 10 Rules," in 1825. All across the country, the rules were recited and debated and taken to heart. And, this being America, the rules were eventually satirized (in 1878). So many sick burns.
  1. Never put off till tomorrow what you can do to-day.
    Never pay to-day the man you can put off until tomorrow.
  2. Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
    Never trouble yourself to do for another man what he can do just as well for himself.
  3. Never spend your money before you have it.
    Never spend your own money when you can get things for nothing.
  4. Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
    Never buy what you don't want, simply because the man says he is just out of it.
  5. Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
    Remember that it costs more to go to a high-priced theatre than it does to take a back pew in a free church.
  6. We never repent of having eaten too little.
    Do not despise a 20 cent cigar or a $1 dinner because another man pays for it.
  7. Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
    Nothing is troublesome to you that other people do for you willingly.
  8. How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened!
    Do not poultice your own elbow for the boil on another man's neck.
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
    Always pick up a hot poker by the cold end.
  10. When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.
    When angry, be sure you can handle your man before you call him a liar.