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?

21 Comments:

Blogger Jamie B. said...

"As I knew, or thought I knew what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other."
Page 92

I think this is a powerful quote because it shows that people change over time and want to do what is right. Franklin's work ethic and motivation whats what made him successful. He was always doing something to better society even though he had retired. I think the most important virtue is cleanliness. Its hard to think when your work space is cluddered, because it makes you overwhelmed.

6:31 PM  
Blogger Nikki B. said...

"I wished to live without committing any fault at any time." 86

I admire how dedicated Franklin was to bettering himself and society. I think it's almost impossible to live without faults, but he still tried and stood by what he believed in most. I agree with Jamie that his motivation is what made him so successful. Without it I don't think he would have gotten anywhere. I think tranquility is the most important virture because when you feel at peace, you can get anything accomplished.

6:39 PM  
Blogger kellyw said...

"I wished to live without committing any fault as anytime." (page 92)

I chose the same quote as Nikki and i agree with what she says about how Franklin had the right idea of being perfect but his goal was too high for it is impossible for someone to be perfect.

A character trait that made Franklin a succesful man was never giving up. When he couldn't find a job in New York, he moved to start over. And when his trip was long and filled with obstacles, he never gave up and found a way to keep going.

Silence is an improtant virtue on Franklin's list because he's saying that if you don't have something good to say them don't say nothing at all. Only say things that will benefit others. If everyone did this then people would live better lives and not focus on the bad stuff.

7:37 PM  
Blogger Jenn R said...

"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" (Franklin, 90).

I think this quote displays how dearly people hold their pride. Just so that he would not be thought of as poor, Benjamin Franklin gave away some of the little bit of money that he had. It's interesting that a man of such honorable history would be concerned with what others think of him. I also think that he gave away some of his money to show that he was not a stingy man, which I think is respectable. I think that Franklin was prosperous because of his determination to succeed. He would not let the fact that he was 100 miles away from a potential job get him down. It just meant he had a long walk ahead of him. The virtue that I think is the most important is humility because it is such an admirable quality for someone who has accomplished so much to have.

7:58 PM  
Blogger Kat L said...

"My intentionbeing to acquire the habitude of all the virtues, I judged it would be well not to distract my attention by attempting the whole at once, but to fix it on one of them at a time; and, when i should be master of that, then to proceed to another, and so on, till I..."(P.93)

This is a powerful quote because he is determined not to fail. He has put his words on paper and is now going to follow them as best and courageuosly as he can. Franklin followed through on his dreams and along with his work ethics. He always made society a better place to be in. Fragallity, because if you do not treat people with the respect that they deserve you will be disliked and know one will treat you bad.

8:42 PM  
Blogger Kristie W said...

“It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection. I wished to live without committing any fault at any time… As I knew, or thought I knew, what was right and wrong, I did not see why I might not always do the one and avoid the other.” (page 92).

This is my favorite quote from Franklin’s Autobiography because it was the beginning of his brilliant idea of how to live the right way. It also inspired me to conqueror moral perfection and knowing what is right and wrong in life and actually making the decisions I know are right and avoid the wrong ones.

Franklin possessed two great character traits that make him a successful man, intelligence and determination. To begin, Franklin is very intelligent which helps him achieve his goals like inventing many useful things and in writing books and gazettes. Also, Franklin has determination which helps him strive to be the best. He traveled all around New England looking for the job he wanted and never gave up. He also never gave up on his plan for moral perfection.

Out of the 13 virtues of Franklin’s list, I think the most important one is silence, speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations. To begin, the virtue of silence is important especially in our society today. People who speak badly about others are only harming that person and themselves, no good can be done with it. If the virtue of silence was valued then the world would be at peace.

12:41 PM  
Blogger shaneG333 said...

"i wished to live without committing any fault at any time."P.86 I like this quote because it is alot if you can acually pull this of and i respect any one who has done it.

I think that being brave is a huge trait that franklin possesed. What made him so brave is he was willing to leave his home with very little money and just a couple pairs of clothes hopeing he was successful.

The most important virtue to me is cleanliness beacause i cant stand to have dirty clothes ect.

2:30 PM  
Blogger TylerM4 said...

"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" (90)

A man gives away more money when he is poor because he wants to show appreciation towards the good deeds done for him. If you have plenty of money then most of the time good deeds are not done for you and therefore you do not need to show your appreciation. If you are rich then you are not in any desperate situation and not relying on people’s good faith and good deeds for you.

Franklin’s strong determination and his benevolence made him a successful man. When he had no job and left his home to find one with just a little money showed how determined he was to get a job. After he got turned down in New York for a job but was told to go to Philadelphia to look he continued his quest to Philadelphia even though he had even a smaller amount of money then when he started. His benevolence was shown when he gave the boat’s owners money although he had little. After he ate one of the three rolls he bought with the rest of his money, he gave the other two rolls to a women and her child who had traveled with him on the trip.

The most important virtue is tranquility, be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable. If you avoid this virtue you will drive yourself insane because everything around you will have to be perfect and nothing could go wrong.

4:05 PM  
Blogger katherine i said...

"habit took the advantage of inattention; inclination was sometimes too strong for reason." -p.92

This quote stood out to me because people’s habits really do lean on distractions so they don’t focus on the problem. What people “seem” to prefer can’t always over-power reasons in life. Benjamin Franklin was extremely determined and was always looking at things differently. He never seemed to set standards for himself that he didn’t think he could accomplish. I think the most important virtue would be tranquility because feeling rested and harmonized brings out the best in everyone.

4:22 PM  
Blogger mel n. said...

"Speak not what may benefit others or yourself;avoid trifling conversation". (pg89)

I like this quote because it is very true and meaningful.Firstly, it means to me that I should not be talking about myself, nor should I be talking about other people.Secondly, it means I should not make light and meaningless conversation.I should only speak when its necessary and when it is for a specific purpose.
Benjamin Franklin was very scientific and exact in the things he said and did, and for that I admire him very much.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Charlie H said...

"I wished to live without committing any fault at any time." page 86.

This is an example of how great of a person Benjamin Franklin is. He didn't just care about himself and his surroundings. He cared about the world, the society around him, he wanted to make the world a better place. He knows that you make mistakes in life, but minimizing them and trying to make your self better as a person is what makes Franklin so great. I think the most important virtue is sincerity because it really sums up what Franlin says, do not be hurtful and only speak when it is necessary to speak, and be good to the world.

5:12 PM  
Blogger Eddie W. said...

"I wished to live without committing any fault at anytime" (pg. 86).

I chose this quote because it shows how optomistic he was and shows his perspective of the world. Franklin's traits included being courteous, loyal, optomistic, and forgiving. Out of those few traits, him being courteous to others made him so successful because him being courteus showed others that he is willing to listen and respect your point of views even though you didnt respect his. But most people saw him as an inteligent being with a lot going for him. I personally have to say silence is the most important virture because only when you are silent you are able to learn. Why do you think people always say, "God gave you two ears and one mouth so you can listen twice as much as u speak." ? When being silent you can observe so much and watch what goes around you.

6:57 PM  
Blogger Sam Tidwell said...

“4. Resolution. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.” (pg. 93)

I think that it is one of the most important things to know is to resolve your issues/problems before moving on to anything else. Also, to make what you resolved work, make sure that it has been finished. Franklin showed that he would be a successful man because he made a list of he most important traits of being successful in life. He also organized those thoughts into a plan. He was able to make it so that he would practice one of the traits on each day of the week. I think resolution is the most important because how can you move on to any of those next steps without resolving your problems first.

8:11 PM  
Blogger DerrikO said...

"I wished to live without committing any fault at any time." pg. 86

I like this quote because i think that it is a good thing to try to live without fault. That will normally result in you doing things right. I think that his motivation is what made him successful. Just because people thought it couldn't be done, didn't stop him from trying it.I liked 11. Tranquility, because you have to be able to stay calm. Once something has happened you can't change it so deal with it.

8:24 PM  
Blogger kelcey ryan said...

My favorite quote from Franklin's 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." I like this quote because he vows to obtain moral perfection, he knows that he is going to have to make sacrifices but is willing because he believes it is necessary.
He valued moral perfection as the quote above states, he stuck to his virtues and organized a way to keep track of them in a chart form, and he was balanced.
I really like all of Franklin's virtues but the one that I liked most was his virtue of Silence: "Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversations." He is saying that you should not say anything that will hurt someone or partake in petty gossip because it won't help you and is a waste of time.

8:56 PM  
Blogger Chad N. said...

"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" (90) i like this one because it shows that you can be kind and caring with little money. I think that a good trait the Franklin had was never give up becaus if he would have given up on things thn he could have never invented the light bulb or electricty.
i think the virtue of Silence is his most important one because i dont even no i just really like that one!

9:11 PM  
Blogger jaimeL said...

my favorite 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" (90). This quote is interesting because it not only shows that Franklin was courteous to the others from the boat, but because he didn't want to be thought of as rich, or greedy. Even though he had very little money, he still would give it up to protect his reputation. I think that his most important value is cleanliness. Life is much more fullfilling if it is free of confusions and issues.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Madisson L said...

"It was about this time I conceived the bold arduous project of arriving at moral perfection." Page 92, second paragraph.
This quote touched me because I think it is very preposterous. The mere idea that a man could actually want to be perfect, much less actually succeed at perfection proves to me that he was loony. I also liked this quote because it made me visualize this thought of perfection hitting his brain like a light bulb being turned on, which is slightly ironic since he invented the light bulb. Despite the fact that I think that quote proves that he was crazy, this quote also inspired me with perhaps two of his best qualities. Benjamin Franklin possessed a drive that can not be taught, and a will to succeed that can not be matched. His sheer determination to reach perfection is motivating and inspiring. The other virtue that he seemed to posses was his niche for being organized. On page 93, he created a list of virtues, but I think the fact that he made clear organized thoughts is indeed a virtue in and of itself.

9:49 PM  
Blogger Kari T said...

"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."(p. 90)

this is a powerful quote because it expresses that most people that are poor have more appreciation for the things they do have rather than what they dont have. so when Benjamin gave away a little of his money it shows that he cares and has more appreciation for the good things he does.

I think Franklin possessed the trait of determination, which helped him succeed because he learned not to give up and keep reaching for your goal. his determination also helped him succeed because he could do what he could with what he had and still do his best.

out of the 13 virtues i believe that silence is the most important. "speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoidtrifling conversation." I think it is the most important because you can get so much more out of listening rather than speaking. from listening you can gain knowledge and insite. If the virtue of silence was valued then there would not be so much talk about others and the cruelty some people put others through.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Kara B said...

"Wrong none by doing injuries, or omittng the benefits that are your duty." (Franklin, 93)

Franklin succeeed a ot in his life because he seemed like a nice upfront guy whom thought out everything he was going to do or say. He also tried to make the world a better place to live in.

Industry"Lose no time; be always employed in something useful; cut off all unnecessary action"
This is the most important virtue because it's saying don't waste your time do something useful to help yourself or others.

10:47 PM  
Blogger tylee r. said...

"While my care way employed in guarding against one fault, I was often surprsied by another; habit too the advantage of inattention; inclination was sometimes too strong for reason." (page 92)

I thought it was a good quote because even though he was trying to be perfect he worked through his faults at the same time.

His character traits were his strive to be perfect, he worked really hard for everything he wanted. He wanted to be respected and be the best at anything he tried. He valued his virtues highly which kept him from corrupting.

10:53 AM  

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