Saturday, 18 July 2015

Some advice from Thomas Jefferson

This list came to my attention from the fabulous book Lists of Note.  It was compiled by Thomas Jefferson as advice for a young man.  He called it A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life.  It may have been written in 1825 but it strikes me as pretty apposite to today!

  1.    Never put off till to-morrow what you can do to-day.
  2.  Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.
  3.    Never spend your money before you have it.
  4.    Never buy what you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear      to you.
  5.   Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst and cold.
  6.    We never repent of having eaten too little.
  7.   Nothing is troublesome that we do willingly.
  8.   How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
  9. Take things always by their smooth handle.
  10.   When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.


  1. Hi, Carole,
    I remember these from when I went to elementary school in New York. We also had to memorize a lot of Ben Franklin's sayings. Proverbs were part of our English studies. Yes, they are still good ideas for today!

  2. Great advice. I read through the list and thought yup, yup, yup. All true and all things I should do more.

    Thanks for visiting my blog even though I was ranting and feeling sorry about myself and the few comments I get on my blog posts. You mentioned joining smaller link-ups where you can form loyal followers. Can you make some suggestions? It seems like the big link-ups like Top Ten Tuesday gets a lot of traffic but not really loyal readers. Obviously Friday 56 and Book Beginnings is hit or miss. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.


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