Franklin identified the virtues that he wanted to embody through research and reading other writers’ bodies of work that also endeavored to live a moral life. It was through this process that he was able to settle on “temperance,” “silence,” “order,” “resolution,” “frugality,” “industry,” “sincerity,” “justice,” “moderation,” “cleanliness,” “tranquility,” “chastity,” and “humility” as the virtues he would dedicate his life to trying to achieve. Franklin decided on these terms for the virtues after the carefu...
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...orgive yourself, you will ultimately become a stronger person. I believe that this quote has more weight to it that the entirety of the pages written by Franklin. The simplicity of Pope’s quote speaks to his inherent understanding of the fallacy of human nature; while Franklin thinks that simply by telling himself to live the ideal of thirteen virtues will make it happen. Through facing and overcoming adversity in your life as you, continue to grow and change as a person.
Franklin, Benjamin. "Arriving at Perfection." 2014. Adobe PDF Document.
Pope, Alexander. "An Essay on Criticism (1711)." 13 October 2009. Poetry Foundation. Poem. 23 November 2014.
UShistory.org. The Electric Ben Franklin; A quick Biography of Benjamin Franklin. n.d. 14 December 2014
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