The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Google eBook)

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P. F. Collier, 1909 - Clergy - 397 pages
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Good read an insight into a brilliant mind - Goodreads
Can be hard to read at times but definately worth it. - Goodreads
Poet like story telling, perfect literature - Goodreads
A Great Book selection when I was in high school. - Goodreads
Very interesting insight. - Goodreads
So much tedium between flashes of insight. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

I gave this 5 stars because it's a piece of history that everyone should take the time to read, if even just a little of it. The writing is clear and conversational; one can easily imagine sitting by ... Read full review

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User Review  - Anne Fenwick - Goodreads

Hmmm... it's the sort of book where everyone's heard what's in it, even before they read it. I actually found the third section most interesting, for the description of how to make public life and institutions happen in early Philadelphia. Read full review

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Page 83 - Form of the pages. I determined to give a week's strict attention to each of the virtues successively. Thus, in the first week, my great guard was to avoid every the least offence against Temperance, leaving the other virtues to their ordinary chance, only marking every evening the faults
Page 102 - attended his sermons were enormous, and it was matter of speculation to me, who was one of the number, to observe the extraordinary influence of his oratory on his hearers, and how much they admir'd and respected him, notwithstanding his common abuse of them, by assuring them that they were naturally half beasts and
Page 84 - Another from the Proverbs of Solomon, speaking of wisdom or virtue: "Length of days is in her right hand, and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and
Page 106 - as their enthusiastic admiration might wish him to have possessed. My business was now continually augmenting, and my circumstances growing daily easier, my newspaper having become very profitable, as being for a time almost the only one in this and the neighbouring provinces. I experienced, too, the truth of the observation, "that after getting the first hundred
Page 78 - which, however, has since happened; for I have stood before five, and even had the honor of sitting down with one, the King of Denmark, to dinner. We have an English proverb that says, "He that would thrive, must
Page 157 - the delivery of which was accompanied by a very handsome speech of the president, Lord Macclesfield, wherein I was highly honoured. Our new governor, Captain Denny, brought over for me the before-mentioned medal from the Royal Society, which he presented to me at an entertainment given him by the city. He accompanied it
Page 84 - 16, 17. And conceiving God to be the fountain of wisdom, I thought it right and necessary to solicit his assistance for obtaining it; to this end I formed the following little prayer, which was prefix'd to my tables of examination, for daily use. "O powerful Goodness! bountiful Father! merciful Guide! Increase in me that wisdom which discovers my truest interest. Strengthen my
Page 99 - to me the business of printing the votes, laws, paper money, and other occasional jobbs for the public, that, on the whole, were very profitable. I therefore did not like the opposition of this new member, who was a gentleman of fortune and education, with talents that were likely to give him, in
Page 109 - I had read or heard of some public man who made it a rule never to ask for an office, and never to refuse one when offer'd to him. "I approve," says I, "of his rule, and will practice it with a small addition; I shall never
Page 41 - qualify'd for an actor; but Wilkes, to whom he apply'd, advis'd him candidly not to think of that employment, as it was impossible he should succeed in it. Then he propos'd to Roberts, a publisher in Paternoster Row, to write for him a weekly paper like the Spectator, on certain conditions, which Roberts

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