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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a renowned polymath and a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and the University of Pennsylvania, an Ivy League institution.
leveår: 17 januar 1706 17 april 1790

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Soliloquios Literarioshar citeretfor 2 år siden
We some­times dis­puted, and very fond we were of ar­gu­ment, and very de­sirous of con­fut­ing one an­other, which dis­pu­ta­tious turn, by the way, is apt to be­come a very bad habit, mak­ing people of­ten ex­tremely dis­agree­able in com­pany by the con­tra­dic­tion that is ne­ces­sary to bring it into prac­tice; and thence, be­sides sour­ing and spoil­ing the con­ver­sa­tion, is pro­duct­ive of dis­gusts and, per­haps en­mit­ies where you may have oc­ca­sion for friend­ship. I had caught it by read­ing my father’s books of dis­pute about re­li­gion. Per­sons of good sense, I have since ob­served, sel­dom fall into it, ex­cept law­yers, uni­ver­sity men, and men of all sorts that have been bred at Ed­in­bor­ough.
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t is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.”
Sulav Govinda Shresthahar citeretfor 2 år siden
This art­icle, there­fore, cost me so much pain­ful at­ten­tion, and my faults in it vexed me so much, and I made so little pro­gress in amend­ment, and had such fre­quent re­lapses, that I was al­most ready to give up the at­tempt, and con­tent my­self with a faulty char­ac­ter in that re­spect, like the man who, in buy­ing an ax of a smith, my neigh­bour, de­sired to have the whole of its sur­face as bright as the edge. The smith con­sen­ted to grind it bright for him if he would turn the wheel; he turned, while the smith pressed the broad face of the ax hard and heav­ily on the stone, which made the turn­ing of it very fa­tiguing. The man came every now and then from the wheel to see how the work went on, and at length would take his ax as it was, without farther grind­ing. “No,” said the smith, “turn on, turn on; we shall have it bright by-and-by; as yet, it is only speckled.” “Yes,” says the man, “but I think I like a speckled ax best.” And I be­lieve this may have been the case with many, who, hav­ing, for want of some such means as I em­ployed, found the dif­fi­culty of ob­tain­ing good and break­ing bad habits in other points of vice and vir­tue, have given up the struggle, and con­cluded that “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 a per­fect char­ac­ter might be at­ten­ded with the in­con­veni­ence of be­ing en­vied and hated; and that a be­ne­vol­ent man should al­low a few faults in him­self, to keep his friends in coun­ten­ance.

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