• “I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid?” ~Benjamin Franklin (1787)
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  • Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men . . . ambition and avarice ~ The love of power and the love of money . . . when united . . . they have . . . the most violent effects. Placed before the eyes of such men a post of honor, that shall at the same time, be a place of profit, and they will move Heaven and Earth to obtain it . . . What kind are the men that will strive for this profitable preeminence, through all the bustle of cabal, the heat of contention, the infinite mutual abuse of parties, tearing to pieces the best of characters? It will not be the wise and moderate, the lovers of peace and good order, the men fittest for the trust. It will be the bold and the violent, the men of strong passions and indefatigable activity in their selfish pursuits. These will thrust themselves into your Government and be your rulers . . .” ~Benjamin Franklin, in his argument against salaried (or paid) bureaucracy
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  • “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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  • Freedom is not a gift bstowed upon us by other men. It is a right that belongs to us by the God of laws and nature ~Benjamin Franklin
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  • “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1789)
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  • “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 they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1771)
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  • “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.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1771)
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  • “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, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1789)
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  • “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, calumniating and defaming one another, I, for my part, own myself willing to part with my share of it, whenever our legislators shall please so to alter the law and shall chearfully consent to exchange my liberty of abusing others for the privilege of not being abused myself.” ~Benjamin Franklin (1789)
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  • “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 (1777)
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