Monday, October 16, 2006

Franklin Virtues and Rationalist Point of Views

Everyone must answer these questions:

What is your favorite Franklin quotation from his Autobiography? (Please cite the quotation in the text and comment on it).

What character traits did Franklin possess that made him a successful man? Make sure to elaborate.

Which virtue on Franklin's list do you think is most important? Why?

17 Comments:

Blogger Sheldon said...

My favorite Ben Franklin Quote would be, "Humility, Imitate Jesus and Socrates" pg.93.
I chose this virtue because, because Ben franklin chose two men that did nothing humiliating to be mocked upon. So to imitate jesus would be to imitate good and virtue, while imitating socrates would be to imitate knowledge and truth.
Franklin tried to live by each virtue in a continuous struggle to perfect on each. And by doing this and perfecting each virtue one at a time, and repeating the process of perfection, would be the only way to discipline himself, into follwing the key virtues, and ultimately causing him to lead a good, and virtuous life.

12:39 PM  
Blogger Alison B said...

After reading the autobiography on Ben Franklin my favorite quote was, "I wished to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into." pg.92.
Ben Franklin seemed to be a very generous man, when he had been walking for quite some time and he finally found a place to buy some bread he gave away some of it to a woman and her child to help feed them. He also seems to be a very brave and independant person. At the age of 17 he left his home in surch of a job and with very little money to travel with. He is very smart and has seemed to figure out exactly how he wants to live his life. He composed a list of virtues he wants to follow and they are all very good ones to have in your life. Out of his list of virtues i think that frugality is a very important one. It's important, because living life by doing good to yourself and others and not wasting anything are very good things to live by. Doing good for you and others can only have good outcomes.

5:57 PM  
Blogger Eric S. said...

My favorite Ben Franklin quote is, "A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little." pg. 90. I like this quote because it is very true, if someone was insistent on giving me money i would assume that it's not a big deal for them.
The chareacter traits that Franklin possed that made him a good man would be his ability to discover his flaws and correct them. This is very important because some people are in denial that there is something wrong with their personality or character. There is something wrong in every person in the world, but it is impossible to correct that flaw if that person is unable to see the flaw in the first place.
I believe that moderation is the most important virtue becase everything in life is good in moderation. If one avoids extremes then they will be well rounded in all subjects of life. This virtue will also allow one to be more relatable to many differnt crowds of people, giving them a balance of friends. Moderation is a very important virtue for one to realize both ends of the spectrum and meet in the middle.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Eric S. said...

I'm sorry for my ill advised blog, but there are a few corrections I would like to make after proof reading my comment. This concept of proof reading before posting a blog is new, but I'm sure that with practice will become second nature to me.
Chareacter is usually spelled character in english. Possed could use a few more letters, possessed.
These mistakes are unforgivable and I'm just correcting myself for the benefit of all of my readers.

7:42 PM  
Blogger JackS said...

Thank you Eric, you're mistakes were amatuerish.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Kellen G said...

I would say any of the 13 virtues make a strong case to be on this list but I will just choose one. My favorite quote of Ben Franklin would be, "Order, Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time." I believe that if people would implicate this virtue into their daily life, not only would their stress level go way down, but tasks would be completed in a much more orderly fashion. A good example of people not following this quote would be, at concerts I always see a few people reading. Reading! At a concert! This takes a lot of joy away from what they could be experiencing. It's such a simple quote to live by yet so hard to follow through with. But if we did make the time, for our events to have their time, I believe life would be much more enjoyable.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Billy N. said...

My favorite quote from the autobiography is "It proved to be my old favorite author, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress" pg 88. The Pilgrims Progress is a book about a Christian man and the burden of sin he carries. This boook was very valuable to Franklin. One thing that people don't think of when they think Ben Franklin, is his faith and how his life and virtues revolved around it. This passage really displays that. I think the part of Franklin that made him so succesful was the fact that he was an honest God-fearing man. I seriously doubt that some of the written virtues would exist had Franklin not been a Christian. My favorite virtue is Industry. If Franklin hadn't abided by this, he would have no intent to follow any of the rest.

8:51 PM  
Blogger chelby C. said...

When I read Franklin autobiography the quote that struck me the most was.."A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little." pg. 90, I liked this quote because this quote came to me as if a poor man is generious he will have more to life and be respected more rather than a rich man who is greedy and holds on to all his money . That man will be shuned and not be looked up to.
I thought Franklin was sucessful in his life because he made goals for himself and he went all the way, he tried to make life interesting and enjoyed life till he couldn't anymore. Living life how you want it to and helping others and careing for others helps a lot in your life and makes the person you are . Trying to live life to the fullest is the best way to fulfill your dreams.

9:37 PM  
Blogger james b. said...

My favorito Ben Franklin quote is " It was about this time i conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection". pg. 92 because i think that he is one of the only people that can actually get to morl perfetion because he is one of the most intelligent men in history. His character traits that he had that made his succussful were that he was very smart and was at moral perfection. His perfection was the most imortant though becuse that is a very hard level to get to and that was the reason why he was so smart. I think that the most important virtue is Order because i think that you have to have order in your life. The things that happen in your life are in order because thats the way they were suppose to fall in place. I think hes saying that if you dont have order then your life doesn't have place and that your life is a pattern.

10:23 PM  
Blogger JackS said...

My favorite quote by Ben Franklin in his autobiography was, "I wished to live without committing any fault at any time; I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into."pg.92 This was my favorite quote because, it summed up what Ben Franklin was all about in one line. The the most distinct trait that made him so succesful in life was his ability to ispire trust into the people he communicated with. Besides from trust some other traits that made him succesful were his honesty, hard work, and motivation to achieve greatness. The virtue that I liked the most was Ben Franklin's Humility virtue. He wants you to imitate Jesus and Socrates, this in my mind would be impossible to do, since you never really knew how either of them acted.

11:13 PM  
Blogger Stephanie S. said...

My favorite Ben Franklin quote is "I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by atempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time.." pg 93. It shows how much Ben really cares on how people think of him and his appearance.My favorite virtue is Industry. I do believe in this. That you shouldn't waste all of your but maked it useful as much as possible. This helps you to be discipline in what you do. What makes Ben a good man is that =he reconizes his mistakes. He understands to be successful he neeeds to try to perfect his flaws.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Troy B said...

My favorite quote was, "I would conquer all that either natural inclination, custom, or company might lead me into." (pg. 92) I think that the one main trait would have to be that he had his prioritys strait and knew what he needed to do with his life. He set out a list of virtues that he wanted to live his life by, each of these had there own way of helping him through his life and made him feel better about every thing. I think that his best virtue was Fragality, make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e.,waste nothing. I thought this one because you can never feel good if you don't do things that you want to do and helping others makes you feel good to.

11:59 PM  
Blogger Soo K. said...

My favorite Franklin quotation was, "A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little." (pg. 90). I believe this is true because some of the most wealthiest people are greedy and do not share what they have to others that aren't as fortunate. From the character traits that Franklin possesed, I thought that his truthfulness made him a successful man. I think that someone that can tell the truth has courage and does not care about what others think of him. Because he is honest and truthful, I think that makes him a truthful man. Out of the thirteen virtues, I thought sincerity was the most important. To Benjamin Franklin, sincerity was to use no hurtful deceit, think innocently and justly, and speak accordingly. I thought this was one of the most importnat because I think that all people should be sincere in what they say. If they were not sincere, you would not know what they really meant when they were speaking to you.

11:19 AM  
Blogger nicolec said...

My favorite Ben Franklin quote was, "Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation." pg.89. I completely agree, sometimes building other people up with your words is beneficial. Saying nice things to people never hurt anyone. I think that it is important for many to learn this crucial lesson because many conflicts could be avoided.
Franklin possessed wit and practicality. These talents helped him in many different areas such as the sciences and retoric. He was an admired speaker and writer and made many advances and tweaks in the science world.
7. Sincerity, because being honest and speaking the truth is sometimes not what anyone wants to hear but often what they need to hear.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Roxy S. said...

My favorite Franklin quote from his "Autobiography" on page 90, when he says, "A man being sometimes more generous when he has but a little money than when he has plenty, perhaps through fear of being thought to have but little." I like this quote because, although I agree with it, it is more interesting to me becuase it is intruiging to me that one can make in depth observations on their own actions whereas most others stick to observing strictly others. Franklin was successful because he was able to think logically, but still with passion, about every situation. An example was when he put so much into getting bread and then gave the extra to the woman and child he had only just met. I think that frugality is the most important virtue on Franklin's list because it ties somehow into almost anything.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Michael M said...

My favorite quote would have to be "Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself ;avoid trifling conversation". I think that this is a great quote because it shows that Franklin was about resolving problems in his life and not creating others. If we all followed his quote I know for a fact that our world would be a lot more peaceful. What I think that made Franklin successful is his ability to never accept the average. Everything had to be perfected and in my opinion people who don't just accept the ordinary and exceed become successful. There is no one in history that did something just average but something that shocked people and that’s what went down into books. Franklin’s most important virtue in my eyes was the Moderation. Everything created by Mother Nature was done in moderation and somehow it all works. I kinda think that today’s society loves extremes, the news basically craves for the next story of someone do something totally wild or out of the ordinary. In the end if you chose the oatmeal that Goldilocks chose, the one that wasn’t to hot or cold but was just right, you will live a successful life.

10:22 AM  
Blogger DanielB said...

My favorite Ben Franklin quote would have to be "Humility, Imitate Jesus and Socrates" pg.93.
This quote is good because it shows that he wanted to be like jesus or be a good person. And also that he wanted to be a spreader of intellegence. He was a good man who wanted to make the world a better place.

11:50 AM  

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