A Book of Gems Choice selections from the writings of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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Popular Amusements 451
Popular Union Meetings 249
Praise God by Singing 232
Prayer 364
Prayer Books 341
Preachers Belonging to no Church 229
Preach Christ, not Ourselves 329
Preacher did not Suit 30
Present Punishment will not Save 133
Progressing Backward 46
Protracted Meetings, Excitements, etc. 309
Public Opinion—Infant Damnation 384

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 of 2] With his Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

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--Water-spouts and Whirlwinds compared 240 To Alexander Small.
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_There are no gains without pains; then help, hands, for I have no lands_; or, if I have, they are smartly taxed.
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Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us; its appetite grows the keener by indulgence, and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
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Adieu, my dear friend, and believe me ever yours very sincerely and with unalterable affection, .
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And when a duty is laid for a particular public and necessary purpose, if, through smuggling, that duty falls short of raising the sum required, and other duties must therefore be laid to make up the deficiency, all the additional sum laid by the new duties and paid by other people, though it should amount to no more than a halfpenny or a farthing.
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The old men sit in the foremost ranks, the warriors in the next, and the women and children in the hindmost.
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The misfortune is, that the sole object is to make things clean; it matters not how many useful, ornamental, or valuable articles are mutilated or suffer death under the operation; a mahogany chair and carved frame undergo the same discipline; they are to be made _clean_ at all events, but their preservation is not worthy of attention.
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Let us search out the rogue and pump him to death.
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--I would be glad to know how you approve my conduct.
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"Upon the whole, I have lived so great a part of my life in Britain, and have formed so many friendships in it, that I love it, and sincerely wish it prosperity; and, therefore, wish to see that union on which alone I think it can be secured and established.
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Upon this there was a great laugh, which continued some time, and was rather increased by Mr.
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I have always great pleasure in hearing from you, in learning that you are well, and that you continue your experiments.
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I do not believe that she will cheat us, and I am not certain that she despises us: but I see clearly that you are endeavouring to cheat us by your conciliatory bills; that you actually despised our understandings when you flattered yourselves those artifices would succeed; and that not only.
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to me to be the creature of public convention.
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I had before, in the public papers, met with the afflicting news that letter contained.
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Has your Society among its books the French work _Sur les Arts et les Metiers_? It is voluminous, well executed, and may be useful in our country.
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Paris, September, 1767.
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We are to set out this week for Holland, where we may possibly spend a month, but purpose to be at home again before the coronation.
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Then plunge under it with your eyes open, throwing yourself towards the egg, and endeavouring, by the action of your hands and feet against the water, to get forward till within reach of it.