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Benjamin Franklin

This quote is often shortened/paraphrased to a condensed version: "Those who would trade liberty for safety deserve neither." In an American context, Franklin's line plays on the idea that liberty...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2015 5:18 pm UTC

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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin took this opportunity for a speech to express both his support for and reservations about the Constitution, which they were in the process of drafting. He begins by admitting...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 5:14 pm UTC

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This phrase means, in essence, that one can more successfully win others over with a little kindness than a great deal of something less sweet: guilt, anger, or sarcasm, for example. If you want...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2016 6:39 pm UTC

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In addition to being an author, political philosopher, and postmaster, Benjamin Franklin was a prolific tinkerer. He invented swim fins, the Franklin stove, bifocals, the mechanized glass...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 5:16 pm UTC

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The second part of the quote reads: An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. What Franklin is saying with the vivid image of opening one's head and pouring a purse full of coins...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 3:17 pm UTC

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On a literal level, Franklin is giving the British advice as to how to break up or destroy their American empire. He outlines twenty ways the British are alienating the American colonists and...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2019 2:59 pm UTC

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This quote by Benjamin Franklin has to do with what it means to be truly wealthy. Franklin is telling us that we cannot be truly wealthy just by having a lot of money. Instead, to be truly...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 3:18 pm UTC

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Franklin is considered by many to be a "Renaissance Man" because of his multiple talents. He represented so many things that it became difficult to categorize him. He was an inventor, as he is...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2010 7:35 pm UTC

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As well as being one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was also a man of science and an inventor. Many of his inventions are still with us today, most notably...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2021 8:54 am UTC

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The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin makes the point that Franklin (1706-1790) and his contemporary intellectual thinkers may not have been aware of themselves as representatives of an...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2012 2:14 pm UTC

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This question is referring to the aphorisms Franklin published under the pseudonym "Poor Richard." The first aphorism is "the wise man draws more advantage from his enemies than the fool from his...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2017 10:20 pm UTC

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Of these two men only Franklin, a New Englander before relocating to Philadelphia in his youth, can be said actually to have a Puritan background. Jefferson was from Virginia, a colony settled not...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2018 3:19 am UTC

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Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is an intriguing work for many reasons. First, Franklin lived an interesting and eventful life at a time in history when he made a real difference. Second, his...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 7:39 pm UTC

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Ben Franklin and Frederick Douglass write the stories of their lives, but Douglass's narrative is inner directed and reveals his innermost thoughts, while Franklin's is outer directed and he writes...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 1:00 am UTC

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Like so many of Franklin's quotes, this one is really unique. I think that the quote reflects some of Franklin's pragmatism and keen sense of working with others in order to achieve a common...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2013 11:17 pm UTC

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"Here is my Creed," Benjamin Franklin wrote to Ezra Stiles -- the Calvinist president of Yale College -- in 1790. "I believe in one God, Creator of the Universe. That He governs it by His...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 6:35 am UTC

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Benjamin Franklin begins "To Those Who Would Remove to America" by warning that many of the popular ideas about America held in Europe at the time were false. For instance, he points out that even...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2020 2:41 pm UTC

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"The Way to Wealth" is full of witticisms and observations that could be seen as relevant to any time, including our own. For instance, some of his most famous observations are related to wasting...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2019 1:02 pm UTC

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After a heated quarrel with his brother, Benjamin Franklin relates in his "Autobiography" that he went to sea because he could not find work in the printing business of which his brother was a...

Latest answer posted May 24, 2009 2:40 am UTC

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Franklin's Autobiography is considered the quintessentially American autobiography as it describes the author's self-made "way to wealth". Franklin has also been hailed as the prototypical American...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2010 6:55 pm UTC

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Most of what we know about Benjamin Franklin's childhood is derived from his Autobiography, which is, of course, a carefully constructed version of his life. What Franklin emphasizes is that he...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 3:11 pm UTC

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This is from "Romeo and Juliet." In Act II, the Nurse and her man, Peter, arrive at a street in Verona where Mercutio first approaches her with many puns and humorous remarks. Then, Romeo...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2009 11:12 pm UTC

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Through his "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America," Benjamin Franklin shows that he has a strong curiosity about how other people thought, spoke, and lived. His wide-ranging interests...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2021 5:32 am UTC

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Benjamin Franklin was one of America's leading thinkers and writers during its early days of independence. He wrote about many things, and one of his essays seems to be an accurate encapsulation...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2011 11:55 am UTC

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One of the United States of America’s Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin’s contributions to history included his experimentation into the origins and nature of electricity. Well before he and the...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2013 2:01 am UTC

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First, we should note that it is always dangerous to talk about the "character" of a people as such discussions will always be overgeneralizations that are not true to the way many people thought....

Latest answer posted December 8, 2011 3:38 pm UTC

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On the October day in 1723 when Franklin arrived in Philadelphia, he had traveled by boat and on foot for nearly a week from New York where he had searched fruitlessly for a job in a printing...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2016 9:01 pm UTC

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What an interesting assignment! Well, you would need to consider how much importance Benjamin Franklin puts on appearance vs. reality. Franklin puts a high priority on the appearance of...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2011 12:36 am UTC

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Like many Enlightenment thinkers, Franklin believed that knowledge ought to be useful, and if possible, profitable. Many of his more famous ideas were thus aimed at reforming some aspect of society...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2012 3:01 pm UTC

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The most obvious point of departure is a comparison of the circumstances and expectations of people in the twenty-first century who wish to immigrate to America to those of the people to whom...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2012 11:21 am UTC

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We can make this a fun quiz. A. "Someday…my people must learn to put our words on such talking leaves." B. "One if by land and two if by sea." C. "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2016 10:20 pm UTC

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In order to approach this topic and to properly compare and contrast Jonathan Edwards and Benjamin Franklin, let us first establish some of the main principles of the two camps they represent:...

Latest answer posted February 10, 2018 4:32 pm UTC

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Deborah Read Franklin was born Deborah Read Rogers in 1707. Whether she was born in Birmingham, England or in Philadelphia, where her parents moved at some point, is unknown. Her father was a...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2012 6:18 pm UTC

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Certainly, by his own age's standards, Franklin was not seen as any more abusive than anyone else. The time period in which Franklin lived viewed issues of personal conduct and domestic...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2013 10:30 am UTC

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The sense of innovation and self- reliance that Franklin demonstrates in his narrative and his works are elements that can be embedded in the culture of contemporary America. Franklin's sense of...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2012 1:45 am UTC

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Of Benjamin Franklin’s inventions, I would argue that the one that has had the most impact on the modern world is bifocal eyeglasses. These have been a great help to many people in our modern...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2013 4:40 am UTC

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Dear Mr. Franklin, I respectfuly request that you consider me for the recent job opening. I am a hard working and dedicated individual. I am not only a critical thinker, but I am an innovative...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2010 2:02 pm UTC

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There is some debate as to the date on which Benjamin Franklin was born. Most sources mark the date as January 17th, 1706. However, in 2006 the Boston Globe claimed that Benjamin Franklin was...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2019 10:19 am UTC

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The original question had to be edited down. I would suggest that Franklin was able to bring colonists of different religious and political backgrounds together because he was highly pragmatic in...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2013 12:00 am UTC

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In Europe the Enlightenment was responsible for a renewed interest science, literature, and education. As the advocates of these interests encouraged the use of reason; this ideology extended into...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2010 12:48 pm UTC

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As colonial agent for multiple colonies, Benjamin Franklin was a loyal and devoted British subject, though he had long supported colonial rights within the empire. He had worked as a mediator, in...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 1:22 am UTC

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Like John Locke and Sir Isaac Newton, also frequently associated with the Enlightenment period, Ben Franklin was interested in both the philosophies of living life (like Locke) and the science of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2012 1:49 am UTC

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