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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Benjamin Franklin. (1706–1790) (continued)
    We are a kind of posterity in respect to them. 1
          Letter to William Strahan, 1745.
    Remember that time is money.
          Advice to a Young Tradesman, 1748.
    Idleness and pride tax with a heavier hand than kings and parliaments. If we can get rid of the former, we may easily bear the latter.
          Letter on the Stamp Act, July 1, 1765.
    Here Skugg lies snug
As a bug in a rug. 2
          Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, September, 1772.
    There never was a good war or a bad peace. 3
          Letter to Josiah Quincy, Sept. 11, 1773.
    You and I were long friends: you are now my enemy, and I am yours.
          Letter to William Strahan, July 5, 1775.
    We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
          At the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.
    He has paid dear, very dear, for his whistle.
          The Whistle. November, 1779.
    Here you would know and enjoy what posterity will say of Washington. For a thousand leagues have nearly the same effect with a thousand years.
          Letter to Washington, March 5, 1780.
    Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.
          Letter to M. Leroy, 1789.
Note 1.
Byron’s European fame is the best earnest of his immortality, for a foreign nation is a kind of contemporaneous posterity.—Horace Binny Wallace: Stanley, or the Recollections of a Man of the World, vol. ii. p. 89. [back]
Note 2.
Snug as a bug in a rug.—The Stratford Jubilee, ii. 1, 1779. [back]
Note 3.
It hath been said that an unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war.—Samuel Butler: Speeches in the Rump Parliament. Butler’s Remains. [back]