The Virtues and Precepts of Benjamin Franklin
Temperance-Eat not to dullness;drink not to elevation
Silence-Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
Order-Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
Resolution-Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
Frugality-Make not expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
Industry-Lose no time: be always employ'd in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
Sincerity-Use not hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and if you speak, speak accordingly.
Justice-Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Moderation-avoid extreames, forebear resenting injuries, so much as you think they deserve.
Cleanliness-tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
Tranquility-be not disturbed at trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable.
Chastity-barely use venery, but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another's peace or reputations.
Humility-Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
Lettered in the style of that period by C.D. Mansley 2011
available in 3 sizes
Fine Art Paper & Ink
Acid Free Backing and Sleeve, Artist Bio
FRAMING: Custom framing available upon request
Calligrapher: Clifford D. Mansley, Sr.
**I have a special print run (11x17) on card stock and can offer a quantity at a lower price. Email Holly to discuss.
**Clifford went the the Wharton Business School '51 and loved to share the story of the founder of The University of Pennsylvania, Benjamin Franklin. A special memory of my father is his visits to the Portland U of Penn Alumni picnics (while in his 90's), where he would give a brief history of Ben and his wife to the high school grads, headed to the university. Then, he would give each new student, a copy of the Virtues & Precepts and tell them to hang it on their dorm wall. He was always encouraging integrity. Of course, the old Alumni asked for a repro as well!