It was about this time I conceiv

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"It was about this time I conceiv'd the bold and arduous Project of arriving at moral Perfection,"  Franklin writes. "As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might  not always do the one and avoid the other." He soon found the task "of more Difficulty than I had  imagined," but decided that one's bad deeds resulted from bad habits, and that with concentration  one could substitute good habits for the bad ones. He decided that 13 virtues were either necessary  or desirable, arranged them so that the first acquired could help in assimilating the second, and so  on: 1. TEMPERANCE: Eat not to Dulness. 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.
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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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