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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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First Principles: The Ordaining of Laws In Favor of One Part of the Nation, To the Prejudice and Oppression of Another, Is Certainly the Most Erroneous Policy

“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice … Continue reading

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First Principles: Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: God Governs In the Affairs of Men

“I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that god governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without … Continue reading

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First Principles: It Is Better That Ten Guilty Persons Escape Than That One Innocent Suffer

“For the law holds, that it is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer.” – Sir William Blackstone (Commentaries on the Laws of England, 9th ed., book 4, chapter 27, p. 358 (1783) It is seldom … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: If You Would Be Loved, Love and Be Loveable

“If you would be loved, love, and be loveable.” – Benjamin Franklin      

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First Principles: Rebellion To Tyrants Is Obedience To God

“Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: The Longer We Live, the More Convincing Proofs Are Seen That God Governs In the Affairs of Men

“I have lived, Sir, a long time and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without … Continue reading

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First Principles: Be At War With Your Vices, At Peace With Your Neighbors and Let Every New Year Find You A Better Person

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.” – Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: May Our List of Virtues Include Curing Ourselves of Pride and Becoming More Humble

“My List of Virtues contain’d at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having kindly inform’d me that I was generally thought proud; that my Pride show’d itself frequently in Conversation; that I was not content with being in the … Continue reading

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