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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1460
AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION: I am about courting a girl I have had but little acquaintance with. How shall I come to a knowledge of her faults, and whether she has the virtues I imagine she has? Answer. Commend her among her female acquaintance.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, “Miscellaneous Observations,” The Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Jared Sparks, vol. 2, p. 550 (1836).