"Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power."
Benjamin Franklin
(1706-1790) US Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin, in the Poor Richard's Almanack of 1738
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WOW, can I rate this a thousand times? Volumes could be here written.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Pres. Wilson confessed on his death bed and asked God to forgive him for doing exactly that. Let morality and nobility be your guide.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Wealth earned is virtuous. I'll will assume that Franklin means Liberty in the general sense, as in other men's liberty, since one cannot trade their own liberty for power. I'll give three stars since I had to give Franklin the benefit of the doubt and assume he means "Sell not virtue to purchase wealth (unearned), nor (another man's) Liberty to purchase power”.
     -- Justin, Elkland     
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    The King is served by the field. With the riches of the world comes the responsibility to feed the increase of mouths whom have made you wealthy by the sweat of there labor in the field. There is profit in all labor. Sell not virtue nor liberty in carrying out your duty to protect those rights of the common man , natural liberty.
     -- Ron, s     
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    Inspiring words from a great man in History.
     -- Anonymous     
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    Were are those virtuous mental giants of old? We need them now, we need them now....
     -- Abigail, Newport     
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    The key to happiness!
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Anon      
     -- jim k, Austin      
     -- Robert Campbell, Chico      
    Don't be a tyrant for wealth, or provide security to plunder.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Unfortunately, the sale of ethics and integrity in the USA is going strong, and the Devil has a lot more money where that came from....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA      
     -- Mary - MI      
    Ben Franklins generation was smarter then any that came after it. It is the greatest generation not so reporters daydream.
     -- Harriet B. Stowe., Boston     
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