Of them standing among them, one lifts to the light a west-bred face, To him the hereditary countenance bequeath’d both mother’s and father’s, His first parts substances, earth, water, animals, trees, Built of the common stock, having room for far and near, Used to dispense with other lands, incarnating this land, Attracting it body and soul to himself, hanging on its neck with incomparable love, Plunging his seminal muscle into its merits and demerits, Making its cities, beginnings,…
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When people talk about investing in the stock market, they are almost always talking about common stocks.
I found they work’d for a common stock, eat at common tables, and slept in common dormitories, great numbers together.
Benjamin Franklin -- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin