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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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Ordinary Lifestyles

David Bell, Joanne Hollows - 2005 - 296 Seiten
...itself worries him from the standpoint of how he will look to others. '[A] benevolent Man,' he jokes, 'should allow a few Faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance' (p. 73). For Franklin, the appearance of self-transformation works just as well as its reality. For...
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The Princess & the Patriot: Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin , and the ...

Sue Ann Prince - 2005 - 129 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...allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance.27 While the "something that pretended to be reason" might gainsay the pursuit of moral...
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Benjamin Franklin's Printing Network: Disseminating Virtue in Early America

Ralph Frasca - 2006 - 295 Seiten
...is easier than consistently doing it. He ultimately rationalized his moral flaws, jocularly noting "that a perfect Character might be attended with the...allow a few faults in himself, to keep his Friends in Countenance."20 Having segmented virtue into its component parts and achieved some mastery of each...
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Dot Dot Dot 13

Stuart Bailey, Peter Bilak - 2007 - 104 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 NOOK. j » II J Read, or overlook...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin - 2007 - 146 Seiten
...to me that such extream nicety as I exacted of myself might be a K1nd of foppery in morals, which, if it were known, would make me ridiculous; that a...myself incorrigible with respect to Order; and now I arn grown old, and my memory bad, I feel very sensibly the want of it. But, on the whole, tho' I never...
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The Political Philosophy of Benjamin Franklin

Lorraine Smith Pangle - 2007 - 277 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...Faults in himself, to keep his friends in Countenance. Is this thought something that merely pretends to be reason, or is it true reason? Franklin seems to...
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The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin: 1757-1790

Benjamin Franklin - 2007 - 480 Seiten
...beloved Founding Fathers. A sample of the humor and wisdom of Benjamin Franklin On self-improvement: "A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself, to keep his friends in countenance." On the importance of good character: "I grew convinc'd that truth, sincerity, and integrity in dealings...
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanac, and Other Papers

Benjamin Franklin - 189? - 308 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...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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