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The Quest for Moral Perfection Benjamin Franklin is undoubtedly one of the most influential figures in American history The numerous advancements contributed by Franklin were made possible by a lot of work on his part His outlook is best represented by his famous quote Dost thou love life Then do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of Franklin did not sway from that philosophy and spent little time at leisure as it was not productive Franklins work ethic moral outlook and constant interest in self-improvement throughout his life are his biggest claims to fame Franklins strict adherence to his thirteen virtues-which he created in his pursuit of moral perfection-is responsible for many of his countless contributions to the colonies Very important to Franklins life was the little book he carried on his person at all times In this book he charted on a day to day basis which virtues he had not obeyed and marked a check for each mistake Franklin set aside one week per virtue and ordered his virtues such that whenever perfection in a virtue was attained it would make achieving the following virtue easier Franklin found that he had much to improve upon Another ingredient to Franklins recipe for greatness was his daily schedule Franklin divided his day up by the hour and knew what he was to be doing at all times This he found difficult at times and involving the virtue Order at one time he almost gave up In one of Franklins few pessimistic moments he is quoted as saying This article order therefore cost me so much painful attention and my faults in it vexed me so muchthat I was almost ready to give up the attempt and content myself with a faulty character in that respect An amusing anecdote about a man who concludes that a speckled axe is best follows and in looking back on his life Franklin demonstrates
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