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

By Benjamin Franklin

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Enduring Hardness as Good Soldiers 280
Evangelists and Evangelizing 126
Evangelists—Pastors 320
Everlasting and Eternal 279
Exalted Position of Jesus 383
Exchanging Pulpits 209
Excuse for Creeds 146
Extent of One Man’s Influence 420

Faith Comes by Hearing 316
Faith, Repentance and Baptism do not Pardon 308
Feet Washing 253
Fine Clothes 90
Future Success of the Lord’s Army 252

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Text Comparison with Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 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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But I had another advantage in it.
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brother's confinement, which I resented a good deal notwithstanding our differences, I had the management of the paper; and I made bold to give our rulers some rubs in it, which my brother took very kindly, while others began to consider me in an unfavourable light, as a youth that had a turn for libelling and satire.
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Denham, who was a friend of Hamilton's, thought he ought to.
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Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of the sermons which had been preached at Boyle's Lectures.
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I was bred a farmer, and it was a folly in me to come to town and put myself, at thirty years of age, an apprentice to learn a new trade.
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"All that has happened to you is also connected with the detail of the manners.
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"I am earnestly desirous, then, my dear sir, that you should let the world into the traits of your genuine character, as civil broils may otherwise tend to disguise or traduce it.
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So few were the readers at that time in Philadelphia, and the majority of us so poor, that I was not able, with great industry, to find more than fifty persons (mostly young tradesmen) willing to pay down for this purpose forty shillings each, and ten shillings per annum; with this little fund we began.
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_The Art of Virtue_, because it would have shown the means and manner of obtaining virtue, which would have distinguished it from the mere exhortation to be good, that does not instruct and indicate the means; but is like the apostle's man of verbal charity, who, without showing to the naked and hungry how or where they might get clothes or victuals, only exhorted them to be fed and clothed James ii.
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Calling in the aid of religion, I proposed to them the proclaiming a fast, to promote reformation and implore the blessing of Heaven on our undertaking.
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" I received of the general.
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Loaf Sugar, 6 do.
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This silly affair, however, greatly increased his rancour against me, which was before considerable, on account of my conduct in the Assembly respecting the exemption of his estate from taxation, which I had always opposed very warmly, and not without severe reflections on the meanness and injustice in contending for it.
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The letters which he sent to Mr.
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These, with an explanation of the phenomenon, he communicated in a letter to his friend, Sir John Pringle, which is among his philosophical pieces.
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de la Rochefoucault and Lafayette immediately rose in order to second this motion.
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They consider themselves as a part of the British empire, and as having one common interest with it: they may be looked on here as foreigners, but they do not consider themselves as such.
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" "But he is a white man," they cried; "the white men are all bad, and we will kill them all.