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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
QUOTATION: If you teach a poor young man to shave himself, and
keep his razor in order, you may contribute more to the happiness of his
life than in giving him a thousand guineas. This sum may be soon spent,
the regret only remaining of having foolishly consumed it; but in the
other case, he escapes the frequent vexation of waiting for barbers, and
of their sometimes dirty fingers, offensive breaths, and dull razors.
QUOTATION: Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share
they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter, wherever I meet
with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor,
and to others who are within his sphere of action: and therefore, in many
cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for
his vanity among the other comforts of life.
QUOTATION: That which resembles most living ones life over
again, seems to be to recall all the circumstances of it; and, to render
this remembrance more durable, to record them in writing.
QUOTATION: Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people
are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes,
but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
QUOTATION: A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
QUOTATION: I should have no objection to go over the same life
from its beginning to the end: requesting only the advantage authors have,
of correcting in a second edition the faults of the first.
QUOTATION: Those who govern, having much business on their hands,
do not generally like to take the trouble of considering and carrying
into execution new projects. The best public measures are therefore seldom
adopted from previous wisdom, but forced by the occasion.
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