Benjamin Franklin: Little chance

“Consider how hard it is to change yourself and you’ll understand what little chance you have in trying to change others.”
—Benjamin Franklin.

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Benjamin Franklin: Valet de place

“I have long observed one rule which prevents any inconveniences from such practices. It is simply this: to be concerned in no affairs I should blush to have made public, and to do nothing but what spies may see and welcome. When a man’s actions are just and honorable, the more they are known, the more his reputation is increased and established. If I was sure, therefore, that my valet de place was a spy, as he probably is, I think I should probably not discharge him for that, if in other respects I liked him.”

—Benjamin Franklin.