RSS

Tag Archives: benjamin franklin

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)

Advertisements
 
Leave a comment

Posted by on November 23, 2012 in Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Liberty, Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , ,

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)

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on April 13, 2011 in Humor, Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on January 6, 2011 in economic, Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

 
2 Comments

Posted by on October 26, 2009 in Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

All War is Folly


In war, wealth is consumed, property and lives destroyed. This is never, ever a good thing. Imagine how much more wealth and life there would be today, without the cumulative losses of history's wars.All Wars are Follies, very expensive, and very mischievous ones. When will Mankind be convinced of this, and agree to settle their Differences by Arbitration? Were they to do it, even by the Cast of a Dye, it would be better than by Fighting and destroying each other.

Benjamin Franklin, Letter to Mary Hewson, Jan. 27. 1783

 
Leave a comment

Posted by on September 4, 2009 in Foreign Policy, Politics

 

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

 
%d bloggers like this: