Benjamin Franklin 13 Virtues of Life

Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues
Benjamin Franklin

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin created a system to develop his character. In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues of Life are listed as:

  1. Temperance: Eat not to Dullness. Drink not to Elevation.
  2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling Conversation.
  3. Order: Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
  4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  5. Frugality: Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing.
  6. Industry: Lose no Time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary Actions.
  7. Sincerity: Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  8. Justice: Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
  9. Moderation: Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Clothes or Habitation.
  11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
  12. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dullness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation.
  13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

“I propos’d to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex’d to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express’d the extent I gave to its meaning.” – Benjamin Franklin


  1. I really inspire myself via Benjamin Franklin. The first time I learned about the Virtues was 5 years ago and they really changed my life!
    Congrats on the post!


  2. You are truly presenting posts of value. never heard of these virtues…how can that be being such an admirer of his work. We had always focused on his scientific gifts. Thank you for sharing.


  3. Love these virtues. I endeavor to live by them myself. These virtues are proof that true success (greatness) cannot be achieved without sincere values as the foundation.


    1. You are you are right πŸ™‚
      True success (greatness) cannot be achieved without sincere values as the foundation. πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your awesome thoughts πŸ™‚


  4. What an interesting. Benjamin Franklin was right on many issues. And thanks for following my blog.


  5. So wise!! Let’s hope our present generation is learning something from history and the words that matter.


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