The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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by so many rehearsals.

His writing and printing from time to time gave great advantage to his
enemies; unguarded expressions, and even erroneous opinions, delivered
in preaching, might have been afterwards explain'd or qualifi'd by
supposing others that might have accompani'd them, or they might have
been deny'd; but litera scripta monet. Critics attack'd his writings
violently, and with so much appearance of reason as to diminish the
number of his votaries and prevent their encrease; so that I am of
opinion if he had never written any thing, he would have left behind
him a much more numerous and important sect, and his reputation might
in that case have been still growing, even after his death, as there
being nothing of his writing on which to found a censure and give him a
lower character, his proselytes would be left at liberty to feign for
him as great a variety of excellence as their enthusiastic admiration
might wish him to have possessed.

My business was now continually augmenting, and my circumstances
growing daily easier, my newspaper having become very profitable, as
being for a time almost the only one in this and the neighbouring
provinces. I experienced, too, the truth of the observation, "that
after getting the first hundred pound, it is more easy to get the
second," money itself being of a prolific nature.

The partnership at Carolina having succeeded, I was encourag'd to
engage in others, and to promote several of my workmen, who had behaved
well, by establishing them with printing-houses in different colonies,
on the same terms with that in Carolina. Most of them did well, being
enabled at the end of our term, six years, to purchase the types of me
and go on working for themselves, by which means several families were
raised. Partnerships often finish in quarrels; but I was happy in
this, that mine were all carried on and ended amicably, owing, I think,
a good deal to the precaution of having very explicitly settled, in our
articles, every thing to be done by or expected from each partner, so
that there was nothing to dispute, which precaution I would therefore
recommend to all who enter into partnerships; for, whatever esteem
partners may have for, and confidence in each other at the time of the
contract, little jealousies and disgusts may arise, with ideas of
inequality in the care and burden of the business, etc., which are
attended often with breach of friendship and of the connection, perhaps
with lawsuits and other disagreeable consequences.

I had, on the whole, abundant reason to be satisfied with

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

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However, let us hearken to good advice, and something may be done for us; "God helps them that help themselves," as Poor Richard says.
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--"But, dost thou love life? then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of," as Poor Richard says.
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is worth two to-morrows," as Poor Richard says, and farther, "Never leave that till to-morrow, which you can do to-day.
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A man may if he knows not how to save as he gets, "keep his nose all his life to the grindstone, and die not worth a groat at last.
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" And again, "At a great pennyworth pause a while:" he means, that perhaps the cheapness is apparent only, and not real; or the bargain, by straitening thee in thy business, may do thee more harm than good.
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"--What would you think of that prince, or of that government, who should issue an edict forbidding you to dress like a gentleman or gentlewoman, on pain of imprisonment or servitude? Would you not say that you were free, have a right to dress as you please, and that such an edict would be a breach of your privileges, and such a government tyrannical? And.
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--I found the good man had thoroughly studied my Almanacks, and digested all I had dropt on those topics during the course of twenty-five years.