" say I, "he has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle." Yet I ought to have charity for these unhappy people, when I consider that, with all this wisdom of which I am boasting, there are certain things in the world so tempting, for example, the apples of King John, which happily are not to be bought; for if they were put to sale by auction, I might very easily be led to ruin myself in the purchase, and find that I had once more given too much for the whistle.
No man has shed such copious good influence on America; none added so much new truth to the popular knowledge; none has so skillfully organized its ideas into institutions; none has so powerfully and wisely directed the nation's conduct, and advanced its welfare in so many respects.
Much of his life is known from his most beloved and important work, his a classic of the genre and undoubtedly a text that occupies a central place in American letters.
Franklin was born in 1709 in Boston to Josiah and Abiah Franklin.
He tries to take away my wholeness and my dark forest, my freedom.
And why, oh why should the snuff-coloured little trap have wanted to take us all in? Removing #book# from your Reading List will also remove any bookmarked pages associated with this title. Fineman, Introduction to the Autobiography (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1964). Lawrence, Studies in Classic American Literature (New York: Seltzer, 1923). Man is dominated by the making of money, by acquisition as the ultimate purpose of his life. is thought of so purely as an end in itself, that from the point of view of the happiness of, or utility to, the single individual, it appears entirely transcendental and absolutely irrational. It expresses a type of feeling which is closely connected with certain religious ideas. Benjamin Franklin himself answers in his Autobiography with a quotation from the Bible, which his Calvinistic father drummed into him . in his youth: 'Seest thou a man diligent in his business? When I saw one too ambitious of court favor, sacrificing his time in attendance on levees, his repose, his liberty, his virtue, and perhaps his friends, to attain it, I have said to myself, this man gives too much for his whistle.When I saw another fond of popularity, constantly employing himself in political bustles, neglecting his own affairs, and ruining them by that neglect, "He pays, indeed," said I, "too much for his whistle." If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth, "Poor man," said I, "you pay too much for your whistle." When I met with a man of pleasure, sacrificing every laudable improvement of the mind, or of his fortune, to mere corporeal sensations, and ruining his health in their pursuit, "Mistaken man," said I, "you are providing pain for yourself, instead of pleasure; you give too much for your whistle." If I see one fond of appearance, or fine clothes, fine houses, fine furniture, fine equipages, all above his fortune, for which he contracts debts, and ends his career in a prison, "Alas!For to me it seems that most of the unhappy people we meet with are become so by neglect of that caution.When I was a child of seven years old, my friends, on a holiday, filled my pocket with coppers.