Something To Live By

Something to Live By


     When James A. Garfield (20th President of the United States and member of the church) was a young man, a printed slip was given him by an aged friend, which he carefully cherished to the end of his life. It read:

     Make few promises

     Always speak the truth

     Never speak evil of anyone

     Keep good company or none

     Live up to your engagements

     Never play games of chance

     Drink no intoxicating drinks

     Good character is above everything else

     Keep your secrets, if you have any

     Never borrow, if you can possible help it

     Do not marry, until you are able to support a wife

     Keep yourself honest, if you would be happy

     When you speak to a person, look into his eyes

     Make no haste to be rich, if you would prosper

     Live within your income

     Save when you are young and spend when you are old

     Never run into debt, unless you see a way out again

     Good company and good conversation are the sinews of virtue

     Your character cannot be essentially injured, except by your own acts

     If anybody speaks evil of you, let your life be so that no one believes him

     When you tire at night, think over what you have been doing during the day

     Never be idle

     If your hands can’t be employed usefully, attend to the culture of your mind