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Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin Country: United States
Birth Date: 1706-01-17 Death Date: 1790-04-17
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"Mr. President:
I confess that there are several parts of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them; for having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information, or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others."

Source: Speech to the Constitutional Convention, September 17, 1787
Topic: Age Quotes
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"Tis true, there is much to be done, and, perhaps you are weak-handed; but stick to it steadily, and you will see great effects; for "constant dropping wears away stones;" and "by diligence and patience the mouse ate in two the cable;" and "little strokes fell great oaks;" as Poor Richard says in his almanack, the year i cannot just now remember."

Source: Poor Richard improved: Being an Almanack and Ephemeris...for the Year of our Lord 1758: ... By Richard Saunders, Philom. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by B. Franklin, and D. Hall.
Topic: Perseverance Quotes
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"Without Freedom of Thought, there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or controul the Right of another: And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only Bounds it ought to know.
This sacred Privilege is so essential to free Goverments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors."

Source: Silence Dogood (letter), No. 8 Thu, Jul 9, 1722 (Printed in The New-England Courant) quoted as written.
Topic: Liberty Quotes
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"That Men ought to speak well of their Governours is true, while their Governours deserve to be well spoken of; but to do publick Mischief, without hearing of it, is only the Prerogative and Felicity of Tyranny: A free People will be shewing that they are so, by their Freedom of Speech."

Source: Silence Dogood (letter), No. 8 Thu, Jul 9, 1722 (Printed in The New-England Courant)
Topic: Liberty Quotes
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