Franklin allotted himself one week to acquire each new virtue

Franklin allotted himself one week to acquire each new virtue

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Unformatted text preview: Franklin allotted himself one week to acquire each new virtue. And in order to see his progress, he made a record book and gave himself a black mark each time he failed to exhibit a virtue on which he was working. He also made a schedule for his day, allotting seven hours for sleep, eight for work, and nine for planning, reviewing, reflecting, eating, relaxing, and reading. Though he found that he was "fuller of Faults than [he] had imagined," Franklin also found that he "had the Satisfaction of seeing them diminish." He was never good at order or humility; the latter, in fact, had been added somewhat later than the others because a friend convinced him that he was justly suspected of being proud. He later learned that "there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue" as pride; he even wondered, had he conquered pride, whether he wouldn't have been proud...
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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