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"If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins" - Benjamin Franklin
Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin was a man of many talents.
Despite having little formal schooling,
he wrote and published newspapers and books, conducted scientific experiments,
came up with new inventions, was a statesman and diplomat and, of course, had an
integral role in the formation of the United States of America.
After working for his father as a candle maker, he was apprenticed to his older
brother James in his print shop, but the brothers did not get along so Franklin
left for Philadelphia where he found work at print shops and, having established
his own shop, began to publish The Pennsylvania Gazette in 1730, writing many of the articles himself. The Gazette and the almanac that he published every year for many years (Poor Richard's Almanac) made him quite rich.
By the late 1740s, Franklin was devoting much of his time to science, with a
particular interest in electricity. Among other inventions, he is credited
with creating the lightning rod, bifocals, a particularly efficient stove known
as the Franklin stove, and an odometer for use in carriages. He was also
responsible for forming the first public library in America and establishing the
first fire department. In addition, he played a major role in establishing
the University of Pennsylvania, Franklin & Marshall College, and the American
Philosophical Society, of which he was first president.
As an early proponent of colonial unity, he spearheaded the effort to have the
British parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act and, it could be said,
invented the idea of an American nation through his writings and activism; and,
by securing an alliance with the French, helped make independence possible.
Later in life, he became a prominent abolitionist. He died in 1790
More quotes by Benjamin Franklin
A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant one.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A place for everything, everything in its place.
Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be
Beware the hobby that eats.
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.
Half a truth is often a great lie.
If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it
away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
In general, mankind, since the improvement of cookery, eats twice as much as
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut
Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they
are seventy five.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and
The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the
pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.
Time is money.
Wars are not paid for in wartime, the bill comes later.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain
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