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Ou virtude, para os amigos. Cícero defendia que qualquer homem deveria pugnar pela Justiça, Prudência, Coragem e Sobriedade. E antes dele Aristóteles desafiava-nos a viver «a vida virtuosa». No séc. XVIII um ilustre político norte-americano, aos vinte anos, encetou o caminho da virtude e detalhou para si os princípios aos quais obedeceria pela vida fora.



  • Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation.
  • Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.
  • Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your pusiness have its time.
  • Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
  • Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. waste nothing.
  • Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • Sincerity: Use no hurtful deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • Justice: Wrong none, by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes or habitation.
  • Tranquility: Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring; never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  • Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates.




- O quê!? Jesus e Sócrates??

- Os outros, os antigos...

- Ó Benjamin, por momentos fiquei precupado.



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