Thomas Jefferson’s Canons of Conduct
Happy 236th birthday, America. It’s the 4th of July. Enjoy your hotdogs, your parades, and your family-safe fireworks. Unless you live in Missouri, then forget “family-safe,” because you can set off pretty much anything with a wick in that state so long as it doesn’t contain enriched uranium.
Today is a day to take a break from the efficiency experts, the power bloggers, and the self improvement gurus, and get some sterling advice from a founding father. Let Thomas “I made your country with my awesome words” Jefferson school you on productivity with his Dozen Canons of Conduct in Life :
- Never put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
- Never trouble another with what you can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you have it.
- Never buy a thing you do not want, because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
- Take care of your cents; dollars will take care of themselves.
- Pride costs us more than hunger, thirst, and cold.
- We never repent of having eaten too little.
- Nothing is troublesome that one does willingly.
- How much pain have cost us the evils which have never happened.
- Take things always by their smooth handle.
- Think as you please, and so let others, and you will have no disputes.
- When angry, count ten, before you speak; if very angry, an hundred.