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Benjamin Franklin King

(17 March 1857 - 7 April 1894 / St. Joseph, Michigan)

Quotations

  • ''The great secret of succeeding in conversation is to admire little, to hear much; always to distrust our own reason, and sometimes that of our friends; never to pretend to wit, but to make that of others appear as much as possibly we can; to hearken to what is said and to answer to the purpose.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. "Miscellaneous Observations," vol. 1, Complete Works (1728), ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).
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  • ''At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, June (1741).
  • ''Opportunity is the great bawd.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, September (1735).
  • ''A little neglect may breed mischief ... for want of a nail, the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, preface (1758).
  • ''Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanac, May (1734).
  • ''Necessity never made a good bargain.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Poor Richard's Almanack (April 1735), The Complete Poor Richard's Almanacks (1970).
  • ''We must indeed all hang together, or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Remark, July 4, 1776, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Quoted in Ben Franklin Laughing, P.M. Zall (1980). Replying to John Hancock's remark that the revolutionaries should be unanimous in their action.
  • ''No nation was ever ruined by trade.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Thoughts on Commercial Subjects.
  • ''Ça ira. (It will go its own way.)''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Attributed. Said about the American Revolution while Franklin was in Paris 1776-1777. The remark was popularized and made the refrain of a revolutionary song—the Carillon National—by Ladré during the French Revolution of 1789.
  • ''That which resembles most living one's 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.''
    Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Autobiography, ch. 1 (1868).

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If I should die

1 If I should die to-night
2 And you should come to my cold corpse and say,
3 Weeping and heartsick o'er my lifeless clay --
4 If I should die to-night,
5 And you should come in deepest grief and woe --
6 And say: "Here's that ten dollars that I owe,"
7 I might arise in my large white cravat
8 And say, "What's that?"

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