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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.   Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin(January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rodbifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions.  He founded many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

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Worth

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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.   Benjamin Franklin

One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin (1706-90) was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat. Born into a Boston family of modest means, Franklin had little formal education. He went on to start a successful printing business in Philadelphia and grew wealthy. Franklin was deeply active in public affairs in his adopted city, where he helped launch a lending library, hospital and college, and garnered acclaim for his experiments with electricity, among other projects. During the American Revolution, he served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution.

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Involve

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You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn Benjamin Franklin

Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War. 

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Dreamer – Speech

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From the movie Tucker: A man and his dream. The real life, Preston Tucker played by Jeff Bridges. The scene is a courtroom speech where Tucker has been charged with fraud.

Tucker: When I was a boy, I used to read all about Edison and the Wright brothers, Mr. Ford. They were my heroes. “Rags to Riches” — that’s not just the name of a book, that’s what this country was all about. We invented the “free enterprise” system, where anybody, no matter who he was, where he came from, what class he belonged to — if he came up with a better idea about anything, there’s no limit to how far he could go.

I grew up a generation too late, I guess, because now the way the system works the loner, the dreamer, the crackpot who comes up with some crazy idea that everybody laughs at, that later turns out to revolutionize the world — he’s squashed from above before he even gets his head out of the water because the bureaucrats, they’d rather kill a new idea than let it rock the boat!! If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he’d be thrown in jail for sailing a kite without a license!

It’s true. We’re all puffed up with ourselves now ’cause we invented the bomb –dropped the — beat the daylights out of the Japanese, the Nazis. But if big business closes the door on the little guy with a new idea, we’re not only closing the door on progress, but we’re sabotaging everything that we fought for! Everything that the country stands for!!

And one day we’re going to find ourselves at the bottom of the heap instead of king of the hill, having no idea of how we got there, buying our radios and our cars from our former enemies.

I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I can’t believe it because if I ever stop believing in the plain ‘ole common horse sense of the American people, be no way I could get out of bed in the morning.

Thank you.

No you tube clip of the speech, but here is the movie trailer.

Based on a true story. Shortly after World War II, Preston Tucker is a grandiose schemer with a new dream, to produce the best cars ever made. With the assistance of Abe Karatz and some impressive salesmanship on his own part, he obtains funding and begins to build his factory.

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Are we at the bottom of the heap now, are we headed that way. Do the American people still have plain ole common horse sense anymore?

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Learning

You tell me, and I forget. You teach me, and I remember. You involve me, and I learn.  Benjamin Franklin

Picked this quote because I was featured at 13 in 13 a site devoted to challenging yourself to learning new skills. My member name on that site is TwoXForr.

They use one of my favorite Heinlein quote on thier About page.

Thanks for the mention Skillgirl.