The Life of Benjamin Franklin

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Belford, Clarke, 1876 - 398 Seiten
 

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Seite 381 - I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid ? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that " except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Seite 118 - Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings ; he shall not stand before mean men...
Seite 129 - If time be of all things the most precious, wasting time must be, as Poor Richard says, the greatest prodigality ; since, as he elsewhere tells us, Lost time is never found again ; and what we call time enough, always proves little enough...
Seite 129 - Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labor wears; while the used key is always bright, as Poor Richard says. But dost thou love life? then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of, as Poor Richard says. How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep? forgetting, that the sleeping fox catches no poultry...
Seite 146 - I happened soon after to attend one of his sermons, in the course of which I perceived he intended to finish with a collection, and I silently resolved he should get nothing from me. I had in my pocket a handful of copper money, three or four silver dollars, and five pistoles in gold. As he proceeded I began to soften and concluded to give the copper.
Seite 131 - For want of a nail the shoe was lost, for want of a shoe the horse was lost, and for want of a horse the rider was lost...
Seite 132 - Six Months Credit; and that perhaps has induced some of us to attend it, because we cannot spare the ready Money, and hope now to be fine without it. But, ah, think what you do when you run in Debt; You give to another Power over your Liberty. If you cannot pay at the Time, you will be ashamed to see your Creditor; you will be in Fear when you speak to him; you will make poor pitiful sneaking excuses, and by Degrees come to lose your Veracity, and sink into base downright lying; for, as Poor Richard...
Seite 325 - MEN should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce. And that this assemblage of horrors might want no fact of distinguished die, he is now exciting those very people to rise in arms among us, and to purchase that liberty of which he has deprived them, by murdering the people...
Seite 129 - Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all easy, and he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scarce overtake his business at night ; while laziness travels so slowly, that poverty soon overtakes him. Drive thy business, let not that drive thee; and early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,
Seite 131 - If you would have your business done, go ; if not, send;' and again, " 'He that by the plough would thrive, Himself must either hold or drive.' And again, ' The eye of the master will do more work than both his hands;' and again, 'Want of care does us more damage than want of knowledge !' and again, ' Not to oversee workmen is to leave them your purse open.' Trusting too much to others...

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