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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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First Principles: Faith Mitigates the Wickedness of Humanity

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” —Benjamin Franklin    

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First Principles: Speeches Should Be Given For Reason Not Word Count

“Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason.” –  Benjamin Franklin (1735) Just ask Nancy Pelosi.. or anyone forced to listen that eight hours of nothing….    

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Benjamin Franklin – Autobiography

Benjamin Franklin was born January 17, 1706 Aloha Promises Forever has previously discussed the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin as well as his Autobiography.   Today, is his birthday, and so the tutorial we have been following along with as a … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Founding Father, polymath, author, printer, political theorist and so many other vocations and avocations, Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 and passed away on April 17, 1790.    Aloha Promises Forever, has previously discussed the life of “The … Continue reading

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First Principles: Change Is the Only Constant; Adapt and Thrive

“Change is the only constant in life, one’s ability to adapt to that change determines success in life.” – Benjamin Franklin What were your goals this year?  I am running so far behind.  I think after I post a poem … Continue reading

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First Principles: Let the 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   These thoughts apply equally to every man and woman.    Now, I know that very … Continue reading

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