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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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  • It may be well my posterity should be informed that to this little artifice, with the blessing of God, their ancestor ow’d the constant felicity of his life, down to his 79th year, in which this is written.
  • I mention this industry the more particularly and the more freely, tho’ it seems to be talking in my own praise, that those of my posterity, who shall read it, may know the use of that virtue, when they see its effects in my favour throughout this relation.
  • Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred, to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which with the blessing of God so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own situations, and therefore fit to be imitated.

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  • we must secure the benefits of freedom for ourselves and our posterity
  • Well, to hear the Post tell it, we lynch ’cause for breakfast; the Journal doesn’t care; and the Times is so wrapped up in its duty to posterity it bores you to death.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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