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Quotes of the Day for 18 January 2003 – Benjamin Franklin

It's been a brutal week. I think everything that was broken on the server has been fixed, and just about everything else was upgraded in pursuit of whatever the problem was. Imagine working on a car, replacing the battery, the alternator, the starter, and rebuilding the carburetor without success, then turning the front porch light off and have the thing start right up. That's how it felt.

Since I missed sending quotes yesterday, the anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth in 1706, I decided the easiest way to get back on track is to send some of Ben's better quips - I know I don't have to stop and explain who he was!

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The quotes:

All humanity is divided into three classes: those who are immovable, those who are movable, and those who move!

At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit, and at forty, the judgment.

Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.

Dost thou love life, then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.

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.

It isn't what you know that counts, it's what you think of in time.
     - All from Benjamin Franklin, 1706 - 1790


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