John McDonogh's

Rules for Living

The first and great study of your life should be to tend by all means in your power to the honor and glory of the Divine Creator.

Remember always that labor is one of the conditions of our existence.

Time is gold; throw not one minute away, but place each one to account.

Do unto men as you would be done by.

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

Never bid another do what you can do yourself.

Never covet what is not your own.

Never think any matter so trivial as not to deserve notice.

Never give out that which does not come in.

Never spend but to produce.

Let the greatest order regulate the transactions of your life.

Study in your course of life to do the greatest possible amount of good.

Deprive yourself of nothing necessary to your comfort, but live in an honorable simplicity and frugality.

The conclusion of which I have arrived is that without temperance there is not health; without virtue, no order; without religion, no happiness; and the sum of our being is to live wisely, soberly and righteously.


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