Benjamin Franklin, Or, From Printing Office to the Court of St. James (Google eBook)

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Hodder and Stoughton, 1905 - United States - 380 pages
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Page 44 - Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings ; he shall not stand before mean men...
Page 143 - I conceive or apprehend a thing to be so and so; it appears to me, or I should think it so or so, for such and such reasons; or I imagine it to be so; or it is so, if I am not mistaken. This habit, I believe, has been of great advantage to me when I have had occasion to inculcate my opinions, and persuade men into measures that I have been from time to time engaged in promoting...
Page 347 - In the beginning of the contest with Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayers in this room for the divine protection. Our prayers, Sir, were heard; and they were graciously answered. All of us, who were engaged in the struggle, must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor.
Page 106 - In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both.
Page 46 - Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
Page 43 - The most trifling actions that affect a man's credit are to be regarded. The sound of your hammer at five in the morning, or nine at night, heard by a creditor, makes him easy six months longer; but, if he sees you at a billiard -table, or hears your voice at a tavern, when you should be at work, he sends for his money the next day ; demands it, before he can receive it, in a lump.
Page 140 - Tragedy, and contained an account of the drowning of Captain Worthilake, with his two daughters : the other was a sailor's song, on the taking of Teach (or Blackbeard) the pirate.
Page 72 - At his table he liked to have, as often as he could, some sensible friend or neighbour to converse with, and always took care to start some ingenious or useful topic for discourse, which might tend to improve the minds of his children. By this means he turned our attention to what was good, just, and prudent in the conduct of life...
Page 20 - Mistaken man, said I, you are providing pain for yourself, instead of pleasure; you give too much for your whistle.
Page 346 - ... 8. JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty. 9. MODERATION. Avoid extremes; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

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