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First Principles: My Rule Is … To Go Straight Forward In Doing What Appears To Me Right At the Time, Leaving the Consequences With Providence

“My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences … Continue reading

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First Principles: They That Can Give Up Essential Liberty To Purchase A Little Temporary Safety, Deserve Neither Liberty Nor Safety

“They that can give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin (1759)      

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First Principles: My Rule…Is…Go Straight Forward In Doing What Appears To Me Right AT the Time, Leaving the Consequences With Providence

“My rule in which I have always found satisfaction, is never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest, but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences … Continue reading

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First Principles: The Ordaining of Law In Favor of One Part of the Nation To the Prejudice and Oppression Of Another Is Certainly …Mistaken Policy

“The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part … Continue reading

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First Principles: Having Lived Long, I Have Many Instances of Being Obligated…To Change My Opinions… I Thought Right But Found To Be Otherwise

“Having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obligated, by better information or fuller consideration, to change my opinions even on important subjects, which I thought right but found to be otherwise.” – Benjamin Franklin, Speech on Sept. … Continue reading

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First Principles: An Equal Dispensation of Protection, Rights, Privileges and Advantages Is What Every Part Is Entitled To and Ought To Enjoy

“An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.” – Benjamin Franklin, in Emblematical Representations (1774)      

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First Principles: Wish Not As Much To Live Long As To Live Well

“Wish not as much to live long as to live well.” – Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richards Almanack (1746)      

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First Principles: Keep Your Eyes Wide Open Before Marriage, Half Shut Afterwards

“Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.” – Benjamin Franklin, in Poor Richard’s Almanack    

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First Principles: Marriage Is…the Most Natural State of Mankind…It Is the Man and Woman United That Makes the Complete Human Being

“Marriage is…the most natural state of man, and therefore the state in which you are most likely to find solid happiness…. It is the man and woman united that makes the complete human being….. man has not nearly the value … Continue reading

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First Principles: God Helps Them That Help Themselves

“God helps them that help themselves.” – Benjamin Fanklin, in Poor Richard’s Alamanack    

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