Descriptive Essay : ' Humble Handicap '

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Humble Handicap “I cannot boast of much success in acquiring the reality of this virtue (Humility), but I had a good deal with regard to the appearance of it. I made it a rule to forbear all direct contradiction to the sentiments of others, and all positive assertion of my own. I even forbid myself, agreeably to the old laws of our Junto, the use of every word or expression in the language that imported a fix’d opinion, such as certainly, undoubtedly, etc., and I adopted, instead of them, I conceive, I apprehend, or I imagine a thing to be so or so; or it so appears to me at present. When another asserted something that I thought an error, I deny’d myself the pleasure of contradicting him abruptly, and of showing immediately some absurdity in his proposition; and in answering I began by observing that in certain cases or circumstances his opinion would be right, but in the present case there appear’d or seem’d to me some difference, etc….(71)” Benjamin Franklin was a man of great restraint. He was self educated and made, and had to work hard for everything he had. This text taken from his autobiography shows his constant drive for self betterment, namely through the practice of restraint. This section also shows his willingness to change his temper, vocabulary, and rhetoric, just to give off the appearance of being more modest. Through careful training of his personality and behavior, he was able to effect how other people perceived him and…

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