Benjamin Franklin

    mich💟has quoted2 years ago
    t is hard for an empty sack to stand upright.”
    puddle88has quoted2 years ago
    com­mon­place state­ments, or re­ceipts that we know by heart but never fol­low.
    b3645615069has quotedlast year
    de­vour eagerly any piece of writ­ing that p
    Berenice Jimenezhas quotedlast month
    I en­ter­tained an opin­ion that, though cer­tain ac­tions might not be bad be­cause they were for­bid­den by it, or good be­cause it com­manded them, yet prob­ably these ac­tions might be for­bid­den be­cause they were bad for us, or com­manded be­cause they were be­ne­fi­cial to us, in their own natures, all the cir­cum­stances of things con­sidered.
    Berenice Jimenezhas quotedlast month
    Tho­mas God­frey, a self-taught math­em­atician, great in his way, and af­ter­ward in­ventor of what is now called Had­ley’s Quad­rant. But he knew little out of his way, and was not a pleas­ing com­pan­ion; as, like most great math­em­aticians I have met with, he ex­pec­ted uni­ver­sal pre­ci­sion in everything said, or was forever deny­ing or dis­tin­guish­ing upon trifles, to the dis­turb­ance of all con­ver­sa­tion. He soon left us
    b4214482078has quoted8 months ago
    He per­fec­ted the Al­bany Plan of Union for the colon­ies. He is the only states­man who signed the De­clar­a­tion of Independ­ence, the Treaty of Al­liance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Eng­land, and the Con­sti­tu­tion. As a writer, he has pro­duced, in his Auto­bi­o­graphy and in Poor Richard’s Al­manac, two works that are not sur­passed by sim­ilar writ­ing. He re­ceived hon­or­ary de­grees from Har­vard and Yale, from Ox­ford and St. Andrews, and was made a fel­low of the Royal So­ci­ety, which awar­ded him the Copley gold medal for im­prov­ing nat­ural know­ledge. He was one of the eight for­eign as­so­ci­ates of the French Academy of Science
    b4214482078has quoted8 months ago
    e was nat­ur­ally more elo­quent, had a ready plenty of words, and some­times, as I thought, bore me down more by his flu­ency than by the strength of his reas­ons.
    b4214482078has quoted8 months ago
    Men should be taught as if you taught them not,
    And things un­known pro­posed as things for­got;”
    b4214482078has quoted8 months ago
    I used to work him so with my So­cratic method, and had tre­panned him so of­ten by ques­tions ap­par­ently so dis­tant from any point we had in hand, and yet by de­grees led to the point, and brought him into dif­fi­culties and con­tra­dic­tions, that at last he grew ri­dicu­lously cau­tious, and would hardly an­swer me the most com­mon ques­tion, without ask­ing first, “What do you in­tend to in­fer from that?” However, it gave him so high an opin­ion of my abil­it­ies in the con­fut­ing way
    b4214482078has quoted8 months ago
    habit took the ad­vant­age of in­at­ten­tion
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