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Benjamin Franklin loved learning and was always trying to get better. His autobiography proves that Franklin puts effort into his writing and was always trying to work harder to get better at his writing skills. Benjamin throughout the book dedicated his time and most of his life to the list he made up of thirteen virtues. Out of the thirteen virtues, three will be talked about in this paper. Industry is the first. “Industry – loose no time; be always employed in something useful, cut off all unnecessary actions.
”(65) Frugality is the second. “Frugality- Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing”(64). Last but not least is Humility. “Humility- Imitate Jesus and Socrates”(65). In Benjamin Franklin’s life, he strived to gain knowledge and improve himself, taking every opportunity that came his way.
Benjamin Franklin was always employed in mainly different places and was always traveling for work. “I then thought of going to New York, as the nearest place where there was a printer; and I was rather inclined to leave Boston…” (16).
While Traveling for work Franklin also learned many new things. “… I was employed in cutting wick for candles, filling the dipping mold and molds for cast candles, attending the shop, running errands…”(6-7). These quotes state his working ability, while also proving Industry from the thirteen of his virtues. “Industry – loose no time; be always employed in something useful, cut off all unnecessary actions.”(65)
Franklin cared about others and not just himself. Although he shows a hard layer of self-worth he cares about other peoples feelings as well.
“In our way, a drunken Dutchman who was a passenger too, fell over board and was sinking, so I reached through the water and dragged him up”(64). Not only is there one quote on his kindness there is many. “Let the Englishmen not only respect you, but to also love you. When the individuals enter in your native country, they will go nearer to thinking well of your country.”(59) These quotes represent Frugality as one of his thirteen virtues. “Frugality- Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; waste nothing”(64).
In times of others need or help, Franklin does not hesitate to help. In fact, he jumps right into action. “It was proposed to send a armored force immediately, into these counties with horses and carriages. That the service shall be necessary to chive and I shall take care of them”(108). Not only does Franklin help with wars, he also helps other big things as in women’s education. “…Recommending that branch of education for our young females, are more likely to be more use to them and their children.”(77) These quotes prove my point by stating the acts of one of franklin’s virtues Humility. “Humility- Imitate Jesus and Socrates”(65).
Through out Benjamin Franklin’s life, he strived to gain knowledge and improve himself, taking every opportunity that came his way. My thesis statement is important because it is good to know of what accomplishments Benjamin Franklin achieved and how he achieved them. It is also important that mankind knows that he was very accomplished but he was also very kind, loving, and striving to help others. Throughout the book franklin was always tying to get better at his list of thirteen virtues. Three of the thirteen stood out the most. Industry, Frugality, and Humility. Even though Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography can seem to be boring, once you get to know him and what he has done to help the country he seems a little more interesting after all.
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