What are Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 Virtues

Benjamin Franklin used 13 virtues to guide him most of his life. Although he never attained perfection, he pointed to these 13 virtues as the major source of his success and happiness.

You too can implement this virtue system in your life. Keep in mind that it is the effort in being virtuous that counts, not perfection. With this system I have become much more conscious of my thoughts and actions. By being mindful we grow as better humans!

Ben’s 13 Virtues are:

  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; waste nothing.
  6. Industry. Lose no time; be always employ’d 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 uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  11. Tranquillity. 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.

Ben’s Chart

Franklin used the following chart to track his progress in his virtuous journey. You can get you own set of Virtue Charts by clicking here!

Benjamin Franklin's 13 virtues
This is the chart for Temperance (the first virtue). Each virtue has it’s own similar chart.

For more information on Franklin’s 13 virtues and how to apply them to your life check out Franklin’s Way: 13 Virtues For A Better Life on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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