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Quotes of the Day for 23 January 2002 – Ben Franklin

Whilst I was playing with my broken server last week (almost all back to normal now, thank you) an event passed that I would certainly have used as a theme. I was sorely disappointed to skip Benjamin Franklin's birthday on the 17th, and I find myself compelled to make it good today.

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The quotes:

If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead, either write something worth reading or do things worth writing.

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.

Where there's marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.

Gain may be temporary and uncertain; but ever while you live, expense is constant and certain: and it is easier to build two chimneys than to keep one in fuel.

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.
     - Today's quotes are all from Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790


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