Photo Essay

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Visited Philly today, April 3, 2013, and many places were closed. Walked around and found large bust of Benjamin Franklin. Near by is his grave site in Christ Church Burial Ground. (It was closed too) Should you visit this site, there is a small fee to enter grave site area. There are four other signers of the Declaration of Independence which are also buried here. Found that he wrote his own epitaph in 1728:

The Body of B. Franklin Printer;

Like the Cover of an old Book,

Its Contents torn out,

And stript of its Lettering and Gilding,

Lies here, Food for Worms.

But the Work shall not be whlly lost:

For it will, as he believ'd,

appear once more,

In a new & more perfect Edition,

Corrected and Amended

By the Author.

He was born on January 6, 1706.

Died 17.

Bust made by: James Peniston 2007

Some other quotes from Ben:

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither safety nor liberty."

"I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up."

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote."

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4 responses

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (3 Apr 2013):

    He is certainly one of our greatest Americans. And evidently he never wanted personal power. He was motivated for all the right reasons. Great essay!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (4 Apr 2013):

    Wonderful images and story, Frank. Definitely gets my vote in both categories!!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (4 Apr 2013):

    Love the photos and narrative. A great man.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (9 Apr 2013):

    Well done -- my favorite Founding Father!

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