The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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This book is cited as a classic by many, largely because of Franklin's many accomplishments in life. For instance, he founded the Philadelphia library, influenced America through Poor Richard's Almanack for 25 years, organized fire and police companies, invented the Franklin stove, planned the Univ. of Pennsylvania, "discovered" electricity, worked on the Declaration of Independence, was President of Pennsylvnia, and represented America in France. However, the book itself is dated and awkward in many places.<p> The most lasting inspirational aspect of the book is Franklin's description of how he worked to better his character. He picked 13 virtues to work on and concentrated on one a week each quarter, repeated throughout the year. His picks were temperance, silence, order, resolution, frugality, industry, sincerity, justice, moderation, cleanliness, tranquility, chastity, and humility.


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