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First Principles: Absent Freedom of Thought and Speech There Is No Wisdom or Public Liberty

“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: Mankind Is Most Content When Best Employed

“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: Do Not Squander The Time of Your Life

“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time; for that’s the stuff life is made of.” —Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanac, 1746      

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First Principles: We Should Observe Christian Precepts Not Just Christmas

“How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts!” – Benjamin Franklin (1743)      

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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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