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Err on the Side of Innocence <— Ben Franklin <— Blackstone


Blackstone’s Ratio, mentioned by Ben Franklin in this quote, identifies why the benefit of the doubt must always be given to the accused, especially if the accusation is really bad.

That it is better 100 guilty Persons should escape than that one innocent Person should suffer, is a Maxim that has been long and generally approved.

Benjamin Franklin, letter to Benjamin Vaughan (1785)

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Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Politics

 

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Don’t Sell Liberty for Safety <– Ben Franklin


"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power." -- they trot out the terror bogeyman simply to increase their power over you, through fear

   

Those who would give up Essential Liberty

to purchase a little Temporary Safety,

deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

— Benjamin Franklin, motto for An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Liberty, Politics

 

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The Early Bird Gets…Tired


Early to bed and early to rise is a bad rule for anyone who wishes to become acquainted with our most prominent and influential people.

— George Ade, True Bills (1904)

 
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Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Humor, Politics

 

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Make Poverty HARDER <- Ben 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 travelled 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.

— Ben Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor, 1776

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

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Liberty is Safer


Liberty is always dangerous, but it is the safest thing we have.
Harry Emerson Fosdick,  The Home Book of Quotations, Classical and Modern (1937)

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2010 in Politics

 

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Freedom before Equality


A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.

A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.

Milton Friedman, from Created Equal, Free to Choose television series

 
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Posted by on July 15, 2010 in economic, Politics

 

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Liberty over Power <- Ben Franklin


Ben Franklin 100 Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.

Ben Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2009 in Politics

 

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