"It was about this time that I conceiv´d the bold and arduous Project of arriving at moral Perfection."
"These names of virtues with their precepts were
Eat not to Dulness.
Drink not to Elevation.
Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation.
Let all your Things have their Places. Let each Part of your Business have its Time.
Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.
Make no Expence but to do good to others or yourself: i. e. Waste nothing.
Lose no Time. - Be always employed in something useful. - Cut off all unnecessary Actions. -
Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak; speak accordingly.
Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty.
Avoid Extreams. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve.
Tolerate no Uncleanness in Body, Cloaths or Habitation. -
Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable.
Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another´s Peace or Reputation
Imitate Jesus and Socrates. - "
E, com isso, passamos à terceira parte.