Franklin on liberty and power

“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.” – Benjamin Franklin

This quote was preserved for posterity when it was printed in the Poor Richard’s Almanack of 1738. 

For me personally it reminds me of another famous quote often attributed to Franklin but perhaps made famous by Jefferson which states: “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

I believe both of these “proverbs” hold a special significance for our country today with the increase in our national security effort since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.


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