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Old Man And Sea Essay

715 words - 3 pages

Caleb Friginal
Mrs. Chupp
English II Honors
11/2/11
Pain is a Useful Thing
Have you ever had to do something hard to get somewhere? Well in one way, shape, or form all of us have had to do something difficult to get where we want to be. Whether a student stays after school to get help from a teacher or an athlete wakes up for an early morning jog they are showing Benjamin Franklin’s famous quote, “No Gains Without Pains” that he wrote in Poor Richard Almanac. Franklin tried to show the people that you could not get anywhere without a struggle now and then. The United States of America, athletics, and even school have shown that there are not gains without pains.
The United States of America is such a tremendous place to live. We could not have gotten this far without some growing pains. Even the great United States has had to go through some arduous times. But, because of those hard times we are here today. Our country ...view middle of the document...

But every athlete knows that he cannot get anywhere in his particular sport without blood, sweat, and tears. Each practice may hurt, but every win will be sweet. All athletes that have made it all the way will tell you that they had to go through very strenuous days and weeks at times, but they will also say that it was all worth it because they are happy in where they are today. I play sports and I have experienced first hand the idea that there are no gains without pains. When people are working out they feel so much pain, but in the end they receive a great reward. The show, Biggest Loser, is an example of how athletics can fell pain but be rewarded in the end. These overweight people are feeling the most pain they have felt in their lives but in the end they are earning the best reward. All sports and all athletes know that Franklin was right when he said “No Gains without Pains”.
School can be very difficult and stressful at times. Academics are a great thing that we all need and will be useful forever. We get smarter everyday, but we wouldn’t get smarter if we didn’t work hard and struggle at times. These struggles make every student the student they are today. Students might struggle and have hard days but we they are all smart and work there hardest. School is a great example of the quote “No Gains Without Pains” because of the idea that all students should stick with it through the hard times so they can make it to the prosperous times. Graduation is a great goal for everybody and will not be reached without some difficult days. School is challenging and will make you focus on the gain you want to make. All in all school can be seen as an example to the world that there are not gains without pains.
Ben Franklin has had many quotes. But to me none are more important then the quote “No Gains Without Pains”. This quote can be used and seen in all aspects of life. Whether it is when you are on the practice field or you are in the classroom. You can’t get anywhere without having some tough times or painful experiences. All things are worth doing if you can see the reward that it will bring. Overall this quote is a very useful and motivational quote that can be seen everywhere you look.

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