“Those who can give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

MEMORABLE QUOTES, 6 Sep 2021

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Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath active as a writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, printer, publisher and political philosopher. Among the leading intellectuals of his time, Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and the first United States Postmaster General. Wikipedia

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One Response to ““Those who can give up essential liberty for a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.””

  1. Gary Steven Corseri says:

    A great quote from a great man! I read his autobiography in my early teens, and have read bios about him over the years. He was a humanist, too; the inventor of “lightning rods,” he explained the principles involved and let the towns and villages develop and install them, without financial gain for himself. (Jonas Salk comes to mind as a modern intellectual and scientist with similar humanist values.) Franklin and John Adams helped Jefferson to polish the best prose in the Declaration of Independence. He invented a musical instrument called the “harmonium.” In his 80’s, Franklin stood with the minority of Congressmen to support the Quaker Petition to abolish the institution of slavery. That measure failed, of course, consequently leading to centuries of misery.