The True Benjamin Franklin
J.B. Lippincott, 1899 - 369페이지
Decrying the habit of American biographers to mythologize their subjects, Sydney George Fisher sets out to write a book about the True Benjamin Franklin. Of Franklin, he says that the human in him was so interlaced with the divine that the one dragged the other into light. Fisher s book is a unique biography of Benjamin Franklin, written by an opinionated man who grew up directly in the wake of Franklin s influence on American culture.--
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147 페이지 - Things, for they may all be blasted without the Blessing of Heaven; and therefore ask that Blessing humbly, and be not uncharitable to those that at present seem to want it, but comfort and help them. Remember Job suffered, and was afterwards prosperous. And now to conclude, Experience keeps a dear School, but Fools will learn in no other...
149 페이지 - THE BODY of BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Printer, (like the cover of an old book, its contents torn out, and stript of its lettering and gilding) lies here food for worms ; yet the work itself shall not be lost, for it will (as he believed) appear once more in a new and more beautiful edition, corrected and amended by THE AUTHOR.
42 페이지 - I had never before seen any of them. I bought it, read it over and over, and was much delighted with it. I thought the writing excellent and wished if possible to imitate it.
360 페이지 - On the whole, sir, I cannot help expressing a wish that every member of the Convention who may still have objections to it would, with me, on this occasion doubt a little of his own infallibility, and, to make manifest our unanimity, put his name to this instrument.
360 페이지 - For, when you assemble a number of men to have the advantage of their joint wisdom, you inevitably assemble with those men all their prejudices, their passions, their errors of opinion, their local interests, and their selfish views. From such an assembly can a perfect production be expected ? «It therefore astonishes me, sir, to find this system approaching so near to perfection as it does...
90 페이지 - I happened soon after to attend one of his sermons, in the course of which, I perceived he intended to finish with a collection, and I silently resolved he should get nothing from me: I had in my pocket a handful of copper money, three or four silver dollars, and five pistoles in gold; as he proceeded I began to soften, and concluded to give the copper.
147 페이지 - Time must be (as Poor RICHARD says) the greatest prodigality ; since, as he elsewhere tells us, Lost time is never found again; and what we call Time enough ! always proves little enough. Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the purpose : so, by diligence, shall we do more with less perplexity. Sloth makes all things difficult, but Industry all things easy...
47 페이지 - Greenwood's), at the end of which there were two little sketches of the arts of rhetoric and logic, the latter finishing with a specimen of a dispute in the Socratic method ; and soon after I procur'd Xenophon's " Memorable Things of Socrates," wherein there are many instances of the same method.
360 페이지 - often and often in the course of the session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that sun behind the president without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting; but now, at length, I have the happiness to know that it is a rising, and not a setting sun.