Quote for the Day

“People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.”

David H. Comins


12 thoughts on “Quote for the Day”

  1. Yes, Benjamin Franklin said and did some extraordinary things for a man of his time….”an inventor, a scientist, a diplomat, an author, and a printer”. Wow, how wonderful that he accomplished all these things in the eighteenth century…no wonder people will accept his ideas?!?!
    But think of what God did, in just SIX days! God created the heavens and the earth and everything in it in JUST SIX days! (Genesis 2: 1-3 “So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.”
    Knowing that Benjamin Franklin did and said some extraordinary things, sure makes people accept it, but Benjamin Franklin was only able to do, what our Heavenly Father enabled him to do.

  2. What Needles wrote about Benjamin Franklin makes me think of the man in the Gospel of Luke in the Parable of the Talents. In this story told by Jesus Christ, the master calls his servants and endows them with talents, (gifts,) with the idea of putting these to work for the advancement of the Kingdom. In the story two of the servants immediately invested their (gifts, skills, talents) and earned interest and/or a good percentage for the master. But one of the servants, out of fear, hid his (gift, talent) and it was unproductive. This angered the master; first for the doubt and unbelief displayed by the servant and secondly because of the waste of time, resources, talent and skill due to the servant’s fear and slothfulness. He had a gift but he did nothing with it for the master, for himself or for humanity. He hid it under a bushel, so to speak.
    It seems Ben Franklin used all the GOD-GIVEN skills and talents and employed wisdom and understanding, to boot, with what God enabled him to do….Ben Franklin did it!

  3. As I was thinking about the servant that hid his gift out of fear and unbelief it occurred to me that the unbelief arises when we do not trust God enough with what He’s given us to step out and use that gift(s) and believe that God will enable us in that gift. We do not believe that He knows what the corporate Body of Christ needs or what gift is needed in the harvest fields so we neglect the gift of GOD that is within us out of a heart of unbelief, or false humility, or poor decision making. (see Wendy’s blog). That’s when we set ourselves up as idols and declare that we know better what to do or not to do with what GOD has given us. To use our gifts without discretion is just as evil as NOT using it(them) at all.

  4. I love it that a man, Benjamin Franklin, has left us such a great legacy. And, most importantly an example to live by.

    This quote also made me think of how many times I hear others speak and know they are not giving the credit where they heard it or who said it. Not only does it honor Benjamin Franklin or others when others give them their due credit but it honors the one speaking.

  5. Good points Needles. Even the mighty and successful King David knew where his success lay and Who enabled him: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty for all that is in heaven and earth is yours…both riches and honor come from You..in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.” (I Chron. 29:11,12).
    And Sara’s wise words remind me of Proverbs 3:27, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” We really are stealing from another and bringing ourselves to poverty when we do not give credit where credit is due. We teach and are taught as students to quote our sources but when write and submit papers. We should adhere to the same standards when we speak.
    And for MG’s comments I found a quote from Ben Franklin about his thoughts on talents. “Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What’s a sun-dial in the shade?”

  6. When I think of Benjamin Franklin, I think of wisdom. Wisdom is more precious than gold. Proverbs 3:13-20 “13 Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. 14For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. 15 Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. 17 She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. 18 Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly. 19 By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he created the heavens. 20 By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky.”
    Ecclesiastes 10:10 Using a dull ax requires great strength, so sharpen the blade. That’s the value of wisdom; it helps you succeed.” Now, how do we get this wisdom? Simple! James 1:5 “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” So be as wise as Ben, and follow James’ instruction. Ask God for wisdom and have long life, riches and honor.

  7. Chickenfarmer, I really like the analogy of the dull ax and wisdom. It seems one simple definition of wisdom would be applied knowledge. We need a tool, ax, wisdom to apply knowledge. When we start applying the wisdom we have we get a continual flow. I think of praising God for who He is. Giving thanks for His goodness. And, then the ax is sharpen and knowledge of God is applied and He begins to flow in our lives.
    You are right Ben and James did it and we can too.

  8. You are right Chickenfarmer about Ben and James on being wise following instructions, afer asking God…..and Sara on appling that knowledge….after reading quite a few sayings by Ben Franklin it was like reading in proverbs…example by Ben Franklin”The Doors of wisdom are never shut”…such wisdom….and about people accepting others ideas more readily once they know Ben Franklin said it first…well I figure anyone who has the courage to send a key up a line in a lighting storm and know they arent qoing to get fried…what they say is worth listening to, to me….because they truely must know and trust the Master of The Storm…Jesus……:)dj

  9. Franklin wrote what he hoped would be his own epitaph:
    “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 wholly lost: For it will, as he believ’d, appear once more, In a new & more perfect Edition, Corrected and Amended By the Author.”

    B. Franklin said it.

  10. Franklin’s epitaph, or what he hoped would be, makes me want to read and quote him more each day. I am beginning to see just how brilliant I am when I quote the man with the big brain!

    Hey, does it help that I use and have been using his daily calendars for years!

  11. After reading so many beautiful pieces applauding Benjamin Franklin on his wisdom I found in my library a biography and Poor Richard ‘s Almanacks. Benjamin Franklin’s writing seem to be a trumpet for the Lord. Hardly a page is without a mention of the Lord. His letters illuminate human life making us laugh and reflect upon his insight into the human character. We are grateful Ben Franklin used all his talents to maximum as he has touched so many with all he invented, said, wrote, and did. He said in the Almanacks that …A good Example is the best sermon. Well done Benjamin Franklin. Your example has shown us what God can do through man when the man fines his sweet spot in YOU.

  12. Here are a few other quotes that stuck out from Poor Richard’s Almanac –

    Reading makes a full Man, Meditation a profound Man, discourse a clear Man.

    Each year one vicious habit rooted out,
    In time might make the worst Man good throughout.

    Wink at small faults; remember thou hast great ones.

    Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices.

    Well done is twice done!

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