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Title: Ben Franklin


1
Ben Franklin
  • An overview of his
  • History
  • Literature/Writings
  • Inventions
  • Virtues.

2
Franklins History
  • Born in Boston, Ma. in 1706.
  • Youngest of eleven living children.
  • Apprenticed to his brother James at the age of
    12.
  • Started to despite those who had money to escape
    while not so wealthy people had to live a
    tradesmans life.

3
Franklins History Cont.
  • Began his literary career at the age of 16.
  • Moved to Philadelphia after quarreling with his
    bother James.
  • Started to meddle with electricity.
  • Became a great social figure not only in the
    Americas but also in Europe.

4
Literature Texts
5
Poor Richards Almanack
  • written by Franklin under the psuedonym Richard
    Saunders
  • First published in 1732
  • Continued for 25 years
  • "The Way to Wealth"- an essay to commemorate the
    25th year of PRA most extensively reprinted of
    all Ben's writings
  • contains many of the aphorisms that Ben is famous
    for

6
Aphorisms
  • a terse saying embodying a general truth, or
    astute observationaccording to
    www.dictionary.com
  • Eat to live, and not live to eat.
  • Three may keep a secret if two are dead.
  • God helps those who help themselves.
  • Keep your eyes open before the marriage, half
    shut after.
  • When the well's dry, we know the worth of the
    water.
  • Well done is better than well said.

7
The Autobiography of Ben Franklin
  • wrote the first part when he was 65, about his
    early life to 1730
  • In 1780's he added 3 shorter parts and revised
    the first. This furthered the story to his 50th
    year.
  • 1st English edition was published in 1793, 3
    years after Franklin's death.

8
Virtues
  • As taken from Ben Franklins Autobiography

9
Silence
  • the absence of sound, quiet
  • "Speak not but what may benefit others or your
    self. Avoid trifling conversation.
  • noun
  • 1.absence of any sound or noise stillness.
  • 2.the state or fact of being silent muteness.
  • 3. absence or omission of mention, comment, or
    expressed concern the conspicuous silence of our
    newspapers on local graft.
  • 4. the state of being forgotten oblivion in the
    news again after years of silence.
  • 5. concealment secrecy.

Aphorism "Silence is not always aSign of
Wisdom, butBabbling is ever Mark of aFolly."
1758
10
Order
  • neatness, organization, everything has it's
    place, time etc.. tidy
  • "Let all your things have their places.Let each
    part of your business have its time.
  • Definition in a state of proper arrangement,
    preparation, or readiness - www.dictionary.com
  • Aphorism "One loose socketDowns the rocket."

11
Cleanliness
  • clean, neat
  • not dirty or unkempt
  • "Tolerate no uncleanness in body, clothes, or
    habitation."
  • Definition personally neat careful to keep or
    make clean.
  • 2. habitually kept clean.
  • Aphorism "Clean toe to shirt --Treat dirt like
    dirt."

12
Sincerity
  • peaceful, calm, not stressed
  • "Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents
    common or unavoidable."
  • Definition quality or state of being tranquil
    calmness peacefulness quiet serenity.
    Aphorism "Content makes poor men rich
    Discontent makes rich men poor."

13
Resolution
  • Setting goals reaching them, Determination
  • "Resolve to perform what you ought.Perform
    without fail what you resolve."
  • Definition the mental state or quality of being
    resolved or resolute firmness of purpose.

14
Sincerity
  • Saying what one genuinely believes not being
    dishonest or hypocritical.Use no hurtful
    Deceit. Think innocently and justly and, if you
    speak, speak accordingly.Instead of agreeing
    with someone just to make that person like you,
    speak the truth to show your true character.

15
Justice
  • Treating others in a fair and reasonable
    way.Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting
    the Benefits that are your Duty.Watch out for
    times when you start to cheat others, realize you
    have to keep an even playing field, do the right
    thing and keep it fair.

16
Frugality
  • Being economical when it comes to consumption,
    such as money and food.Make no Expence but to
    do good to others or yourself i.e., Waste
    nothing.Ask yourself if you really need to buy
    what it is youre holding in your hands at the
    store. Is it something you can reuse or is it
    only a one-time fling? Take a trip to your local
    landfill to see your cities wastefulness.

17
Moderation
  • Staying within reasonable limits in ones
    behavior and opinions avoiding extremes.Avoid
    Extreams. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as
    you think they deserve.It may be easy to fall
    to one way of thinking or way of action, keep in
    mind to assess every side of a situation. Even in
    your diet you can use moderation.

18
Chastity
  • Refraining from sexual intercourse that is
    regarded as contrary to morality or religion
    virtuous.
  • Rarely use venery but for health or offspring,
    never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of
    your own or anothers peace or reputation.
  • Keeping from sexual contact can help keep any
    individual from getting sidetracked and straying
    from the goals and opportunities set out for
    him/her.

19
Humility
  • Quality or condition of being humble modest
    opinion or estimate of ones own importance,
    rank, etc.
  • Imitate Jesus and Socrates
  • No matter what you may believe in, follow the
    path of that, in which, you believe in.

20
Temperance
  • Moderation or self-restraint in action,
    statement, etc. self-control.
  • Eat not to dullness drink not to elevation.
  • Do not over consume in anything, whether it be
    food, drink, activities, or work.

21
Industry
  • Energetic, devoted activity at any work or task
    diligence.
  • Lose no time be always employed in something
    useful cut off all unnecessary actions
  • Do not be lazy. If something needs to be done
    then do it. Do not put anything off until last
    minute.
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