Maxims for the Conduct of a Young (Person)

Every once in a while you run across something that reminds you how incredible Thomas Jefferson develops his ideas.  Here is his list of Maxims for the Conduct of a Young Man.

The first lesson is interesting.  Jefferson spent his life in debt.  Maybe, he knew to warn others of this challenge he never defeated.

What a great reminder as we start the New Year.

1.  Never spend money before you have it.

2.  Never buy what you don’t want because it is cheap.  It will be dear* to you.

3.  Pride costs more than hunger, thirst, and cold.

4.  Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.

5.  Never trouble another for what you can do yourself.

6.  Think as you please and let others do so, you will then have no disputes.

7.  How much pain have cost us the things which have never happened?

8.  Take things away by their smooth handle.

9.  When angry count to 10 before you speak.  If very angry 100.

10. When at table, remember that we never repent of having eaten or drunk too little.

*dearhigh-priced http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/dear

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About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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