“I propos'd to myself, for the sake of clearness, to use rather more names, with fewer ideas annex'd to each, than a few names with more ideas; and I included under thirteen names of virtues all that at that time occurr'd to me as necessary or desirable, and annexed to each a short precept, which fully express'd 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.
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.”