I found Thomas Jefferson’s “A Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life,” in a book titled Our Sacred Honor*. This is some great advice.
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.
I LOVE number 4: Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap. How many of us know people who do buy stuff they really don’t need just because it’s cheap?
Unfortunately, Jefferson didn’t adhere to number 3, as he died deeply in debt.
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