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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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American Culture: An Anthology of Civilization Texts

Anders Breidlid, Fredrik C. Brøgger, Oyvind T. Gulliksen, Torbjorn Sirevag - 1996 - 404 Seiten
...etc. . . . I determined to give a week's strict attention to each of the virtues successively. . . . 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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Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin - 1998 - 361 Seiten
...to me, that such extream Nicety as I exacted of my self might be a kind of Foppery in Morals, which if it were known would make me ridiculous; that a perfect Character might be attended with the Inconveninence of being envied and hated; and that a benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself,...
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Pilgrim Souls: A Collection of Spiritual Autobiography

Amy Mandelker, Elizabeth Powers - 1999 - 543 Seiten
...to me that such extream nicety as I exacted of myself might be a kind of foppery in morals, which, if it were known, would make me ridiculous; that a...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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Benjamin Franklin and His Gods

Kerry S. Walters - 1999 - 213 Seiten
...to "disorderliness," Franklin's expression for lack of discipline. He tells us in his memoirs that "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." 50 One suspects that this is not a ploy on the old man's part to bask in...
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Recovering Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service

James Campbell - 1999 - 302 Seiten
...so pervasive that he even considered rationalizing his weakness as a kind of virtue. As he writes, "a benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance" (A:155-56).12 In a less jocular mood, he reported that his lack of order continued to haunt him, especially...
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Cultural Visions: Essays in the History of Culture

Penny Schine Gold, Benjamin C. Sax - 2000 - 308 Seiten
...suggesting to me, thai such extream Nicely as I exacted of my self might be a kind of Foppery in Morals, w hich if it were known would make me ridiculous; that...Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance 1 156t. To be sure, "something that pretended to be Reason" looks at first glance lo be no more than...
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Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature

Paul Downes - 2002 - 239 Seiten
...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 a...Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance. (Autobiography, 99) This moral aporia (it is immoral to be perfectly moral) is suggested by "something...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Early American Literature

Emory Elliott, Elliott Emory - 2002 - 198 Seiten
...not smart to be too perfect, so he was careful to retain a few flaws to protect himself from envy: "a perfect character might be attended with the Inconvenience...Faults in himself, to keep his friends in Countenance." This joke on his effort to cultivate some imperfections draws attention to the kind of verbal trickery...
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A Benjamin Franklin Reader

Benjamin Franklin - 2003 - 551 Seiten
...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 a...now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it. But, on the whole, though I never arrived at the perfection I had been so...
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The American Founding and the Social Compact

Ronald J. Pestritto, Thomas G. West - 2003 - 283 Seiten
...line of thought leads Franklin to suggest, wryly, that it may be possible to have too much virtue; "that a perfect Character might be attended with the...Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance" (1390). However seriously this remark may be intended, it illustrates an important point: If the purposes...
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