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My virtues:

"I proposed to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annexed to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurred to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully expressed the extent I gave to its meaning.

These names of virtues, with their precepts were:

   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 uncleanliness in body, clothes, 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."

Things I am always in alignment with (but may not your interpretation thereof):

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"Plan your work and work your plan" - Pastor Michael A. Modica

Individualism vs collectivism:

"You're on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where to go." -- Dr. Suess, Oh! The Places You'll Go!

"Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty." -- Calvin Coolidge

Ben Franklin:

"I am now about to write at home, August, 1788, but cannot have the help expected from my papers, many of them being lost in the war. I have, however, found the following.

Having mentioned a great andextensive project which I had conceived, it seems proper that some account should be here given of that project and its object. It's first rise in my mind appears in the following little paper, accidentally preserved, viz.:

Observations on my reading history, in Library, May 19, 1731.

"That the great affairs of the world, the wars, revolutions, etc., are carried on and effected by parties.

"That the view of these parties is their present general interest, or what they take to be such.

"That the different views of these different parties occasion all confusion.

"That while a party is carrying on a general design, each man has his particular private interest in view.

"That as soon as a party has gained its general point, each member becomes intent upon his particular interest, which, thwarting others, breaks that party into divisions, and occasions more confusion.

"That few in public affairs act from a mere view of the good of their country, whatever they may pretend; and tho' there actings bring real good to their country, yet men primarily consider that their own and their country's interest was united and did not act from a principle of benevolence.

"That fewer still, in public affairs, act with a view to the good of mankind.

"There seems to me at present to be great occasion for raising a United Party for Virtue, by forming the virtuous and good men of all nations into a regular body, to be governed by suitable good and wise rules, which good and wise men may probably be more unanimous in their obedience to, than common people are to common laws.

"I at present think that whoever attempts this aright, and is well qualified, cannot fail of pleasing God and of meeting with success."

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"Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety." -- Proverbs 11:14

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