Vie de Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome I Suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

By Benjamin Franklin

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le sort de notre pauvre famille? Nos
parens ne se repentiront-ils pas alors amèrement d'avoir mis une si
grande différence entre deux soeurs si parfaitement égales? Hélas! nous
périrons de misère. Il me sera même impossible de griffonner une
pétition, pour demander des secours; car j'ai été obligée d'emprunter
une main étrangère pour transcrire la requête que j'ai l'honneur de vous

Daignez, messieurs, faire sentir à nos parens l'injustice d'une
tendresse exclusive, et la nécessité de partager également leurs soins
et leur affection entre tous leurs enfans.

Je suis, avec un profond respect,


Votre obéissante servante,



Il y a, dans le monde, deux sortes de gens, qui possédant également la
santé, les richesses, deviennent les uns heureux et les autres
malheureux. Cela provient, en très-grande partie, des différens points
de vue, sous lesquels ils considèrent les choses, les personnes et les
évènement, et de l'effet que cette différence produit sur leur ame.

Dans quelque situation que soient placés les hommes, ils peuvent y avoir
des agrémens et des inconvéniens; dans quelque société qu'ils aillent,
ils peuvent y trouver des personnes et une conversation plus ou moins
aimables; à quelque table qu'ils s'asseyent, ils peuvent y rencontrer
des mets et des boissons d'un meilleur ou d'un plus mauvais goût, des
plats un peu mieux ou un peu plus mal apprêtés; dans quelque pays qu'ils
demeurent, ils ont du beau et du mauvais temps; quel que soit le
gouvernement sous lequel ils vivent, ils peuvent y avoir de bonnes et de
mauvaises loix, et ces loix peuvent être bien ou mal exécutées; quelque
poëme, quelqu'ouvrage de génie qu'ils lisent, ils peuvent y voir des
beautés et des défauts; enfin, sur presque tous les visages, dans
presque toutes les personnes, ils peuvent découvrir des traits fins, et
des traits moins parfaits, de bonnes et de mauvaises qualités.

Dans ces circonstances, les deux sortes de gens dont nous venons de
parler s'affectent différemment. Ceux qui sont disposés

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