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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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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Walter Isaacson - 2003 - 608 Seiten
...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 a...with the inconvenience of being envied and hated." Humility was also a problem. "I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue,...
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Benjamin Franklin's Vision of American Community: A Study in Rhetorical ...

Lester C. Olson - 2004 - 323 Seiten
...humor, "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...Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance." Franklin consoled himself with the insight that "tho1 1 never arrived at the Perfection I had been...
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The Founders on God and Government

Daniel L. Dreisbach, Mark David Hall, Jeffry H. Morrison, Jeffrey Morrison - 2004 - 314 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. 96 This long, closing line is the key to the entire passage. Man's selfdelusion comes not merely in...
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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Gordon S. Wood - 2004 - 299 Seiten
...of Foppery in Morals," which, if it became known, would make him "ridiculous." He goes on to observe "that a perfect Character might be attended with the Inconvenience of being envied and hated," and therefore "a benevolent Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance."...
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Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings on Politics, Economics, and ...

Benjamin Franklin - 2004 - 381 Seiten
...Character might he attended with the Inconvenience of heing envied and hated; and that a henevoleut Man should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Coumenance. In Truth I found myself incorrigihle with respect to Order; and now I am grown old, and...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Including Poor Richard's Almanac ...

Benjamin Franklin - 2005 - 320 Seiten
...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 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 ambitious...
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Benjamin Franklin's Humor

Paul Zall - 2005 - 186 Seiten
...almost ready to give up the Attempt and content my self with a faulty Character," deceiving himself that "a perfect Character might be attended with the...Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance" — Like the Man who in buying an Ax of a Smith my neighbour, desired to have the broad whole of its...
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Workstations and Tool Storage

Editors of Fine Woodworking - 2005 - 153 Seiten
...such disarray, I finally gave in to the wisdom of orderliness, confessing, as did Benjamin Franklin,"! found myself incorrigible with respect to Order; and...now I am grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it." What makes this sense of order more imperative as one grows older is that...
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Business Wit & Wisdom

Richard Zera - 2005 - 316 Seiten
...no faults are terrible; there is no way of taking advantage of them. — Anatole France (1844-1924) A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance. — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) FEAR Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood....
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Franklin on Franklin

Paul M. Zall - 2005 - 315 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 envied and hated; and that a benevolent Man would for the sake of his Friends allow a few Faults in...
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