How would you finish this list?
6. We never repent of having eat 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; when very angry, a hundred.
Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Jefferson Smith, 1825, 164
Patrick Lee’s Explanation
The explanation for Jefferson’s “Decalogue of Canons for Observation in Practical Life” was given with the first five points, posted on October 17, 2011.
These five points comprise the second half of his Decalogue. They cover appetite (self-control), attitude, personal anguish, taking the correct approach, and not speaking out of anger (self-control again).
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