Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin, (1706-1790) US Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin Quote

“It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.”

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~ Benjamin Franklin

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    ben fan    7/13/05

    Why should I listen to Ben Franklin? What right does he have to tell me what to do?

    wyndstarr, Basin WY

    You got the right one Ben baby!

    Drive Out The Bush Regime, Atlanta, GA  and the whole nation

    Wish he was here now cuz we can use him.

    MJG, Penticton Canada

    Maybe if you question Bush you would not be in the position you're in now!

    Robert, Sarasota

    Now I know where Bertrand Russell got this from... Part of Russell's ten comandments

    Ken, Allyn, WA

    I've got the first commandment down. Now I just need to know what the second is.

    Anonymous, Reston, VA US

    To question IS the answer...

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    Anonymous    1/21/10

    More of us need to ask questions.

    John Hicks, Louisville Ky

    We need to find the original source for this quote. I can't find it anywhere.

    Robert, St Emilion

    And, I love Russell's Ten Commandments

    Bob, Charlotte

    Succinct and accurate ... but note he says "question," not burn down city hall !

    Ronw13, Yachats Or

    Bob, :) When the righteous are in authority , the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. When the wicked are multiplied, transgression increaseth: but the righteous shall see their fall. A mans pride shall bring him low, but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. An unjust law is no law to be observed.

    jim k, Austin

    Ronw13, I agree that no unjust law should be observed , however , some need to be observed in order to stay out of prison.


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