Arriving at Perfection by Benjamin Franklin

Intention: To document Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to live each day without committing any faults which he characterized as failing to act in the manner defined by his thirteen virtues. Franklin wanted to acquire the habit of living by these virtues. Franklin’s writing is very clear and plain, explaining his entire thought process. He goes through…

Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s intention with this piece is to persuade his audience to respect nature, and take the time to appreciate and experience it as often as possible. One quote that stood out to me in this piece reads, “The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister, is the suggestion of an occult relation between man…