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Benjamin Franklin says…

January 19, 2011 By: mike Category: Events, History of beer, Memphis, Oddities

"Beer is proof that God loves us..."

So said the sign, above, at the Memphis Brewfest Winter Warmer.

George Will even quoted Franklin as saying “beer is proof that God loves us…” in a Washington Post column from 2008.

Sadly, it’s bunk.

The quote widely attributed to Benjamin Franklin is very likely a misquotation of Franklin’s own words regarding wine.

We hear of the conversion of water into wine at the marriage in Cana as of a miracle. But this conversion is, through the goodness of God, made every day before our eyes. Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy. The miracle in question was only performed to hasten the operation, under circumstances of present necessity, which required it.” –Letter to Abbé Morellet (1779)

Somewhere along the way, the Internets twisted his words. Franklin actually did not even think highly of beer drinkers, according to his autobiography.

Oh well. I guess we can cut the Founding Father, statesman, author, postmaster, scientist, satirist and diplomat a little slack.

1 Comments to “Benjamin Franklin says…”

  1. I’m aware of the doubts concering this quote, but it’s classic anyway!


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