Vie de Benjamin Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome II suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

By Benjamin Franklin

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d'être bon catholique,
Et comme tel, je suis un peu surpris
De voir un Juif, un Turc, en paradis.

L'ANGE.

Entre, et rejoins les tiens sous ce portique.
Venons à toi; quelle religion
As-tu suivie?

LE SIXIÈME.

Aucune.

L'ANGE.

Aucune?

LE SIXIÈME.

Non.

L'ANGE.

Mais cependant quelle fut ta croyance?

LE SIXIÈME.

L'ame immortelle, un Dieu qui récompense,
Et qui punit; rien de plus.

L'ANGE.

En ce cas,
Entre, et choisis ta place où tu voudras.




FRAGMENT DE LA SUITE DES MÉMOIRES DE FRANKLIN[74].


Ce fut vers ce temps que je formai le hardi et difficile projet de
parvenir à la perfection morale. Je désirois de passer ma vie sans
commettre aucune faute dans aucun moment; je voulois me rendre maître de
tout ce qui pouvoit m'y entraîner: la pente naturelle, la société, ou
l'usage. Comme je connoissois, ou croyois connoître, le bien et le mal,
je ne voyois pas pourquoi je ne pouvois pas toujours faire l'un et
éviter l'autre; mais je m'apperçus bientôt que j'avois entrepris une
tâche plus difficile que je ne

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2 (1728/9), 139 The Busy-Body, No.
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[i-126] If, after the _Busy-Body_ essays, Franklin's writings bear little resemblance to the elegance and glow of the _Spectator_, he did learn from it a long-remembered lesson in orderliness.
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A natural inference from these premises is that sovereignty rests with the people.
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" [i-209] _Writings_, VII, 294.
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At New York I found my Friend Collins, who had arriv'd there some Time before me.
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{ 2} { 3} { 4} I enter'd upon the execution of this plan for self-examination, and continu'd it with occasional intermissions for some time.
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Thou abhorrest in thy Creatures Treachery and Deceit, Malice, Revenge, [_Intemperance_,] and every other hurtful Vice; but Thou art a Lover of Justice and Sincerity, of Friendship and Benevolence, and every Virtue.
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[Venus] _hear her_ | | 9 | 13 | [Mars] ri.
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_ | | 26 | 22 | [Moon] with [Mars] .
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= _XI Month.
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There were just 1,605 men killed, and I cannot sufficiently commend your prudence in sending an exact list of the dead to my minister in London.
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_London, Printed M.
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By various political engagements for the interest of neighbouring states or princes, he procures their aid in establishing his own personal power.
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TO SAMUEL MATHER[121] Passy, May 12, 1784.
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It is therefore that, the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment of others.
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The Honour you propose doing me by placing mine in the same Room with his, is much too great for my Deserts; but you always had a Partiality for me, and to that it.
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" The Result was, as Martin tells us, that the Divan came to this Resolution; "The Doctrine, that Plundering and Enslaving the Christians is unjust, is at best _problematical_, but that it is the Interest of this State to continue the Practice, is clear; therefore let the Petition be rejected.
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