Franklin snatched lightning from heaven and scepter from tyrants

February 23, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Eripuit fulmen sceptrumque tyrannis. (He snatched the lightning from heaven and the scepter from tyrants.)

-A. R. J. Turgot, inscription for a bust of Benjamin Franklin, 1778

In the American Heritage Dictionary of American Quotations, Margaret Miner and Hugh Rawson write: “Turgot, the leading French economist and statesman of his day, referred here to his friend’s experiments with lightning and revolution.”

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