Vie de Benjamin Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome II suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

By Benjamin Franklin

Page 141

Tranquillité. | | | | | | | |
Chasteté. | | | | | | | |
Humilité. | | | | | | | |

Je pris la résolution de donner, pendant une semaine, une attention
rigoureuse à chacune des vertus successivement. Ainsi dans la première,
je pris grand soin d'éviter de donner la plus légère atteinte à la
_sobriété_, abandonnant les autres vertus à leur chance ordinaire;
seulement je marquois chaque soir les fautes du jour: ainsi dans le cas
où j'aurois pu, pendant la première semaine, tenir nette ma première
ligne marquée _sobriété_, je regardois l'habitude de cette vertu connue
assez fortifiée, et ses ennemis, les penchans contraires, assez
affoiblis pour pouvoir hasarder d'étendre mon attention, d'y réunir la
suivante, et d'obtenir la semaine d'après deux lignes exemptes de

En procédant ainsi jusqu'à la dernière, je pouvois faire un cours
complet en treize semaines, et quatre cours en un an; de même que celui
qui a un jardin à mettre en ordre, n'entreprend pas d'arracher toutes
les mauvaises herbes en une seule fois, ce qui excéderoit le pouvoir de
ses bras et de ses forces; il ne travaille en même-temps que sur une
planche, et lorsqu'il a fini la première, il passe à une seconde. Je
devois jouir (je m'en flattois du moins) du plaisir encourageant de voir
sur mes pages mes

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