The desire of happiness in general is so natural to us that all the world are in pursuit of it; all have this one end in view, though they take such different methods to attain it, and are so much divided in their notions of it.
Benjamin Franklin, born 307 years ago today, on true happiness
WITHOUT Freedom of Thought, the can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as publick Liberty, without Freedom of Speech; which is the Right of every Man, as far as by it, he does not hurt or control the Right of another. And this is the only Check it ought to suffer, and the only bounds it ought to know. This sacred Privilege is to essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Fteeness [sic!] of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors.
Virtue is … the only true happiness of the mind and the best means of preserving the health of the body.
Benjamin Franklin, born 307 years ago today, on true happiness.
Benjamin Franklin’s famous list of thirteen virtues, as it appears in The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Franklin wrote the list in 1726, at the age of 20.