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First Principles: We Should Better Follow the Commandments Than the Holidays

“How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin (1743)    

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First Principles: Those Who Follow Christian Holidays Should Follow Christian Precepts

“How many observe Christ’s birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! ’tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments.” – Benjamin Franklin (1743)      

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First Principles: Pride Is Among The Hardest of Our Passions To Subdue

“In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will … Continue reading

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First Principles: If Mankind With Religion Is So Wicked, Imagine Mankind Without It

“If men are so wicked with religion, what would they be if without it?” – Benjamin Franklin We don’t have to imagine that much any more, look at the wars and atrocities committed in the 20th Century.      

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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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