- Eat not to Dullness.
- Drink not to Elevation.
- Speak not but what may benefit others or your self.
- Avoid trifling Conversation.
- Let your Things have their Places.
- Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
- Resolve to perform what you ought.
- Perform without fail what you resolve.
- Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself: Waste nothing
- Lose no time. Be always employ’d in something useful.
- Cut off all unnecessary Actions.
- Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
- Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
- Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
- Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation.
- Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
- Rarely use Venery (sexual intercourse) but for Health or Offspring (children), never to Dullness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another; s Peace or Reputation.
- Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
“My intention being to acquire the habitude of all these Virtues, I judg’d 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… I determined to give a Week’s strict Attention to each of the Virtues successively. Proceeding thus to the last, I could go thro’ a Course complete in Thirteen Weeks, and four Courses in a Year…” (Benjamin Franklin)