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I Am for Not Making the Poor Easy in Poverty…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.” — Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1766

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History Affords Us Many Instances of the Ruin of States…

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“History affords us many instances of the ruin of states, by the prosecution of measures ill-suited to the temper and genius of their people. The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy… These measures never fail to create great and violent jealousies and animosities between the people favored and the people oppressed; whence a total separation of affections, interests, political obligations, and all manner of connections, by which the whole state is weakened.” — Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations

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Prayers Imploring the Assistance of Heaven

Benjamin Franklin

“I therefore beg leave to move-that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of this City be requested to officiate in that Service.” – Benjamin Franklin, Request for Prayers at the Constitutional Convention (July 28, 1787)

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Governed by God or by Tyrants…

Benjamin Franklin

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Work and Pray with Purpose…

Benjamin Franklin

“Work as if you were to live 100 Years, Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Ordaining Laws in Favor of One Part of the Nation is the Most Erroneous and Mistaken Policy

Benjamin Franklin

“The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy.” –Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations, 1774

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God Will Finish His Work and Establish Their Freedom

Benjamin Franklin

“It is with great sincerity I join you in acknowledging and admiring the dispensations of Providence in our favor. America has only to be thankful and to persevere. God will finish his work and establish their freedom…. If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition of Providence,in which we had faith, we must have been ruined. If had ever before been an atheist, I should now have been convinced of the being and government of a Deity! It is He who abases the proud and favors the humble. May we never forget His goodnes to us, and may our future conduct manifest our gratitude….I believe in one God, Creator of the universe. That He governs it by his providence. That He ought to be worshiped.” – Benjamin Franklin

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