the years Jefferson "developed a list of axioms for personal
behavior. Some seem to have been of his own invention; others
derived from classical or literary sources."
Here is a "decalogue of canons for
observation in practical life" that the former president imparted in
- Never put off till tomorrow what
you can do today.
- Never trouble another for what you
can do yourself.
- Never spend your money before you
- Never buy what you do not want,
because it is cheap; it will be dear to you.
- Pride costs us more than hunger,
thirst and cold.
- We never repent of having eaten
- Nothing is troublesome that we do
- Don’t let the evils that have
never happened cost you pain.
- Always take things by their smooth
- When angry, count to ten before
you speak; if very angry, count to one-hundred.
Throughout the 19th century,
10 Rules" were printed and reprinted in newspapers and magazines.