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First Principles: Our Fight For Liberty Is the Cause of All Mankind

“It is a common observation here that our cause is the cause of all mankind, and that we are fighting for their liberty in defending our own.” – Benjamin Franklin, letter to Samuel Cooper, 1777        

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First Principles: Being Industrious and Well Employed Leads to Contentment

“When Men are employ’d they are best contented. For on the Days they work’d they were good-natur’d and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days … Continue reading

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First Principles: No Nation Has Ever Been Ruined By Trade

“No nation was ever ruined by trade, even seemingly the most disadvantageous.” – Benjamin Franklin (1774)    

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First Principles: We Hang Together Or All Hang Separately

“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin (1776)      

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First Principles: Those Who Go Borrowing, Go Sorrowing

“He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing. “ – Benjamin Franklin (1758)    

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First Principles: Resolve to perform what you ought; Then Do It

“Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.” – Benjamin Franklin (1771)        

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First Principles: Only A Virtuous People Are Capable of Freedom

“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” – Benjamin Franklin, Letter to the Abbes Chalut and Arnoux, 1787      

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First Principles: Freedom of the Press Does Not Include Freedom to Endlessly Insult, Accuse and Defame Others

“If by the liberty of the press were understood merely the liberty of discussing the propriety of public measures and political opinions, let us have as much of it as you please: But if it means the liberty of affronting, … Continue reading

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First Principles: Without Free Thought There Cannot Be Free Speech, Public Liberty Or Wisdom

“Without freedom of thought there can be no such thing as wisdom; and no such thing as public liberty, without freedom of speech.” – Benjamin Franklin (1722)      

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First Principles: Increasing Debt Leads To Sorrow

“He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.” —Benjamin Franklin (1758)  

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