This book by Sydney Fisher is a detailed insight into the fascinating life of Benjamin Franklin. To steal from Wikipedia:
Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in theAmerican Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and a university.
Benjamin Franklin had a major role in the world we live in today. If you haven’t read about him, or would just like to know more about his amazing man. Check out this fantastic book. Even if you do not read all of it, you can skim-read or skip to parts that interest you. What follows is the notes I personally took from the book that i think briefly capture the essence, the knowledge and the character of Mr Franklin…
True Benjamin Franklin
“1. TEMPERANCE.—Eat not to dullness; 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.
“5. FRUGALITY.—Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i. e. waste nothing.
“6. INDUSTRY.—Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
“7. SINCERITY.—Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly; and if you speak, speak accordingly.
“8. JUSTICE.—Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
“9. MODERATION.—Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
“10. CLEANLINESS.—Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.
“11. TRANQUILLITY.—Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
“12. CHASTITY.—Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
“13. HUMILITY.—Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”
He practiced these one by one, until they were his nature.