Rules of life

In 1825 T. Jefferson, the author of the draft Declaration of Independence of the United States, wrote a letter to one of his young relatives. It formulated the rules of life, which should be guided. Here they are:

  1. Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  2. Never disturb others for what you can do yourself.

  3. Do not waste your money until you hold it in your hands.

  4. Do not buy what you do not need under the pretext that it's cheap: and it's still expensive for you.

  5. Pride costs us more than hunger and cold.

  6. Never repent of having eaten a little.

  7. Everything that is done willingly does not seem oppressive.

  8. How many woes caused us misfortunes that never happened.

  9. Take all things from their easiest side.

  10. If you are angry, count to ten before saying anything, and up to a hundred if the anger is strong.

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