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" It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wished to live without committing any fault at any time ; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As... "
Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin ... - Seite 128
von Benjamin Franklin - 1818
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New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American ...

Giles Gunn - 1981 - 482 Seiten
...inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employ'd in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage...
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How to Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man : Three Incomparable ...

L. Rust Hills - 1993 - 259 Seiten
...would be just as easy to be good as it was to do all those other things. "But I soon found," he says, "I had undertaken a task of more difficulty than I had imagined." The main trouble was that bad habits "took advantage of inattention." His theory was that good habits...
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Early American Writing

Giles B. Gunn - 1994 - 629 Seiten
...inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employ'd in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage...
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Revolutions Revisited: Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment

Ralph Lerner - 1994 - 136 Seiten
...Inclination, Custom, or Company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other." The shock at being "surpriz'd" by one fault after another drives Franklin to devise a fail-safe method...
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American Culture: An Anthology of Civilization Texts

Anders Breidlid, Fredrik C. Brøgger, Oyvind T. Gulliksen, Torbjorn Sirevag - 1996 - 404 Seiten
...inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employ'd in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage...
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Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin - 1998 - 361 Seiten
...Inclination, Custom, or Company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...than I had imagined: While my Attention was taken up Care was employ'd in guarding against one Fault, I was often surpriz'd by another. Habit took the Advantage...
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Pilgrim Souls: A Collection of Spiritual Autobiography

Amy Mandelker, Elizabeth Powers - 1999 - 543 Seiten
...inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employ'd in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage...
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Robert Frost: The Ethics of Ambiguity

John H. Timmerman - 2002 - 198 Seiten
...live without committing any fault at any time. ... As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other."- We look askance at such an ethics as an eccentric wishfulness, until we realize that Franklin meant...
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A Benjamin Franklin Reader

Walter Isaacson - 2005 - 576 Seiten
...inclination, custom, or company might lead me into. As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the...task of more difficulty than I had imagined. While my care was employed in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage...
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Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and ...

Benjamin Franklin - 2004 - 381 Seiten
...what was right and wrong, I did not see why l might nof always do the one and avoid the other. But l soon found I had undertaken a Task of more Difficulty than I had imagined: While my Care was employ'd in guarding against one Fault, I was often surpriz'd hy another. Hahit took the Advamage...
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