Mrs. Nelms Literature
September 9, 2014
Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues
In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin documented thirteen virtues in which he believed one must follow to establish a satisfying life. The three things in this list of virtues that stuck out most to me were: temperance, sincerity and cleanliness. Although the other ten aspects are important, I believe if one follows these three virtues carefully he or she can establish a stable, healthy mind and life.
First, temperance, I believe, is essential to a good life because it’s basically stating
“everything needs to be done in moderation.” which is very true. A good example is: Eat. Don’t starve yourself of good food and nourishment, but do not over-indulge and take three servings more than you need just because the food is there to be eaten. Be temperate and display self control. Second, sincerity, which I think is one of the most important virtues to live by. If you’re not real and sincere about everything you do, there is no point in doing it. You should try to be open and genuine about anything, no matter what your initial thoughts are about it. Lastly, cleanliness, a very important way of life. I believe cleanliness is one of the essential keys to success. Keep your room tidy, at least, do your laundry and keep your body clean. If you have a tidy room, nice smelling laundry and a clean body it will surely improve your happiness, giving you more confidence, making you more successful in your every day life.
I think overall Benjamin Franklin followed most of his thirteen virtues pretty closely in his life. He was mostly temperate and showed self control from what I read in his autobiography, and
I believe that he also followed virtue number two: Silence. He did not speak out unless he had something to say and for the most part seemed to avoid conflicting conversation. He appeared to have closely followed virtues number five and six, Frugality and Industry. From the age of twelve,
he had been employed and excelled at every job he had until his last job. He made little to no frivolous purchases and seemed to continuously work hard until the job was done. Benjamin
Franklin always made sure that he was making the right decisions for himself, regardless to the