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

Benjamin Franklin Quote

“Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.”

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Anonymous    4/5/08

Benjamin Franklin - a wise old man.

Nancy, Marion, OH

Can't get much clearer than that. But then again, that may be misconstrued and muddled by many.

tori, higleytown

this quote is confusing me and my boyfriend couldnt figure it out

Mike, Norwalk

We hold this truth to be self evident. That I could rate this innumerable times with innumerable stars! History has proven this well worn truth over and over again. By way of example: the statist theocracy that now infests this land has rejected government of law (the laws of nature and of nature's God) in favor of their tyrannous government of men. Man can not make law, only God can make law. It is up to man to discover the law that exists (gravity, physics, fiscal, etc.) for the benefit of the individual, united in society with other individuals, and then define said laws with codes, ordinances, regulations, rules, statutes, etc. so that freedom, liberty, and rights are esteemed sacred. When man perceives he can make laws (as a god) that other men must follow his/their commandments (by way of example: compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity, forced debt as money, etc.) tyranny is the result. The ultimate conclusion and truth is: Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants.

J Carlton, Calgary

Very simple. We will be ruled by morality and righteousness or we will surrender our will and responsibility to coercive human control. One little law at a time...

jim k, Austin,Tx

tori, Maybe you need another boy friend or maybe he needs another girl friend. Did either of you finish 4th grade in less than 3 years..??

E Archer, NYC

Karma's a bitch. ;-) Of course the word 'God' means different things to different people, but if 'God' implies the creative and governing 'force' that is the foundation of the universe, then doesn't God always 'rule'? Tyranny is but an indication that we are going in the wrong direction.

Mike, Norwalk

Archer yes. jim k, brutal but really, really funny.

GunnyCee, Durham

Mike has just about said it all. Good job.

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Anonymous    4/3/11

Mike. I think you may have misconstrued BJ - I believe this was meant to be negative on both counts...


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