Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography

Longmans, Green, 1909 - 203 Seiten

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An entertaining read by one of the nation's quirkiest founding fathers. Franklin's sense of humor and wisdom shines in the narrative of his own life. As a series of letters written to his son, he ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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This says Norton Critical Edition, so, of course, designed for academic study. A man that of course did a whole pile of stuff and came up with a whole pile more. Entertaining at times, and lecturing at others, as you might expect from someone that had been in a privileged position. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Seite 83 - The institution soon manifested its utility, was imitated by other towns, and in other provinces. The libraries were augmented by donations ; reading became fashionable ; and our people, having no...
Seite 84 - Seest thou a man diligent in his calling, he shall stand before kings, he shall not stand before mean men...
Seite 66 - I entertained an opinion that, though certain actions might not be bad because they were forbidden by it, or good because it commanded them, yet probably those actions might be forbidden because they were bad for us, or commanded because they were beneficial to us, in their own natures, all the circumstances of things considered.
Seite 65 - Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist. My arguments perverted some others, particularly Collins and Ralph; but, each of them having afterwards...
Seite 26 - I was in my working dress, my best clothes being to come round by sea. I was dirty from my journey; my pockets were stuffed out with shirts and stockings, and I knew no soul, nor where to look for lodging.
Seite 85 - ... one morning to breakfast, I found it in a china bowl, with a spoon of silver ! They had been bought for me without my knowledge by my wife, and had cost her the enormous sum of...
Seite 27 - I asked for a three-penny loaf, and was told they had none such. So not considering or knowing the difference of money, and the greater cheapness nor the names of his bread, I bade him give me three-penny worth of any sort.
Seite 92 - I could go thro' a course compleat in thirteen weeks, and four courses in a year. And like him who, having a garden to weed, does not attempt to eradicate all the bad herbs at once, which would exceed his reach and his strength, but works on one of the beds at a time, and, having...
Seite 22 - At length a fresh difference arising between my brother and me, I took upon me to assert my freedom, presuming that he would not venture to produce the new indentures. It was not fair in me to take this advantage, and this I therefore reckon one of the first errata of my life; but the unfairness of it weighed little with me, when under the impressions of resentment for the blows his passion too often urged him to bestow upon me, though he was otherwise not an ill-natur'd man: perhaps I was too saucy...
Seite 18 - Men must be taught as if you taught them not, And things unknown propos'd as things forgot.

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