Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin: Plain Truth

American Thought In 1747—during the troubles with France and Spain,— Benjamin Franklin publishes a tract reminding citizens of the imprudence exhibited by those accustomed to...

Benjamin Franklin: Make Use of the Scriptures

Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin, 1747 As the scriptures are given for our reproof, instruction, and warning, may we make a due use of this example,...

Ben Franklin: Imitators v. Counterfeiters

Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin There is much difference between imitating a good man, and counterfeiting him. Source: Benjamin Franklin: Sayings of Poor Richard from Poor Richard's...

Benjamin Franklin on the Need for Unity

Liberty Letters, Benjamin Franklin We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately. Source: Benjamin Franklin, on signing the Declaration of...

On Safety: Benjamin Franklin

They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

Dangers of a Salaried Executive Branch

Sir, there are two passions which have a powerful influence in the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice—the love of power and the love of money...

On the Federal Constitution

Benjamin Franklin outlines his reasons for supporting the proposed United States Constitution. He is amazed at its near perfection and puts to rest his doubts.