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Inspiration from Ben Franklin 

Benjamin Franklin lived from 1706 to 1790; and became one of the most famous Founding Father of the United States of America. He was renowned as a printer, scientist, politician, inventor, diplomat, satirist, and author. He made a significant contribution to physics, electricity, navigation, and political science. In addition to developing the first post office and fire department, his efforts as a diplomat secured assistance from France and helped to make possible the American Revolution. Much of this achievement and success was due to a mastery of language and the words of inspiration.

 Many quote his autobiography, which includes his 13 virtuous quotes:

  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 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. "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." 

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