Hereby, too, I shall indulge the inclination so natural in old men, to be talking of themselves and their own past actions and I shall indulge it without being tiresome to others, who, through respect to age, might conceive themselves obliged to give me a hearing, since this may be read or not as any one pleases. And, lastly (I may as well confess it, since my denial of it will be believed by nobody), perhaps I shall a good deal gratify my own vanity. My belief of this induces me to hope, though I must not presume, that the same goodness will still be exercised toward me, in continuing that happiness, or enabling me to bear a fatal reverse, which I may experience, as others have done, the complexion of my future fortune being known to Him only in whose power it is to bless to us even our afflictions.
On a mild, gray day in November, I went to the Bronx to talk about Ben Franklin (and soap, as it turned out).
When I first heard the words Ben Franklin Circle, some sort of shadowy National Treasure -esque cult came to mind.
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves but I give it fair quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others that are within his sphere of action and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity, among the other comforts of life.
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Every week, Franklin would pick a different virtue to focus on practicing (he d even keep a chart to note when he faltered).
The topic of conversation ended up being Franklin s virtue of cleanliness (hence the soap).
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The closest one was taking place in the Bronx at, a senior living residence that s part of elder care system.
Temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity and humility.
And now I speak of thanking God, I desire with all humility to acknowledge that I owe the mentioned happiness of my past life to His kind providence, which led me to the means I used and gave them success.
Indeed, I scarce ever heard or saw the introductory words, Without vanity, I may say, etc.
In 6776, when he was just 75 years old, the future US statesman outlined a list of crucial ideals he felt everyone should live by.