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" ... a speckled ax was best." For something that pretended to be reason was every now and then suggesting to me that such extreme nicety as I exacted of myself might be a kind of foppery in morals, which if it were known would make me ridiculous; that... "
Spirit of the English Magazines - Seite 331
1818
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The American Mind in Action

Harvey Jerrold O'Higgins, Edward Hiram Reede - 1924 - 336 Seiten
...be reason," which kept suggesting to him that extreme nicety might be "a kind of foppery in morals," that "a perfect character might be attended with the inconvenience of being envied and hated," that "a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself to keep his friends in countenance." He...
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New World Metaphysics: Readings on the Religious Meaning of the American ...

Giles Gunn - 1981 - 482 Seiten
...spot, every fault I found upon examination to have been committed respecting that virtue upon that day. In truth, I found myself incorrigible with respect...now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it. But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious...
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The Puritan Ordeal

Andrew Delbanco - 1991 - 306 Seiten
...sense of loss for which he barely has a language. And so he falls back on the language of "order": "In truth, I found myself incorrigible with respect...now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it." This is his one whisper of the feeling of privation — what Saul Bellow...
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For a Special Friend

Ariel Books - 1992 - 70 Seiten
...for relations. — Hugh KingsmiH Love demands infinitely less than friendship. — George Jean Nathan A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance. — Benjamin Franklin A friendship that can end never really began. — Publilius Syrus Talk not of...
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Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards, and the Representation of American Culture

Barbara B. Oberg, Harry S. Stout - 1993 - 240 Seiten
...image of "swimming."3 In it he spoke not of sin nor even of sins but of "errata," and he concluded that "a benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance."4 The one found the way to salvation in an instantaneous and disjunctive moment of regeneration,...
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The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

Robert Andrews - 1993 - 1092 Seiten
...RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1 803-82), US essayist, poel. philosopher. English Traits, "Cockayne' (185Ы2 of this sport; BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1 706-90), US statesman, wriler. Autobiography, ch. 6 (wrilten 1 771 -90, published...
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How to Do Things Right: The Revelations of a Fussy Man : Three Incomparable ...

L. Rust Hills - 1993 - 259 Seiten
...best. " Franklin finally settled for a speckled morality because, as he says, among other reasons, "a benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance." It was Industry, anyway, that was really always the big virtue with Franklin. Even though he puts Industry...
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Early American Writing

Giles B. Gunn - 1994 - 629 Seiten
...every fault I found upon examination to have been committed respecting that virtue upon that day. . . . In truth, I found myself incorrigible with respect...now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it. But, on the whole, tho' I never arrived at the perfection I had been so ambitious...
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Revolutions Revisited: Two Faces of the Politics of Enlightenment

Ralph Lerner - 1994 - 136 Seiten
...him to becoming an object of derision, envy, and hate. The ironical conclusion is vintage Dr. Janus: "a benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance." 20 At how many points might one enter into this account and find matter for speculation! A public-spirited...
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Benjamin Franklin in American Thought and Culture, 1790-1990

Nian-Sheng Huang - 1994 - 270 Seiten
...unnecessary. Insisting that "« speckled Ax was best" he excused himself and became cynical enough to say: "A perfect Character might be attended with the Inconvenience of being envied and hated; and that benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance."58 Franklin...
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