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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1551
AUTHOR: Benjamin Franklin (1706–90)
QUOTATION: My rule, in which I have always found satisfaction, is, never to turn aside in public affairs through views of private interest; but to go straight forward in doing what appears to me right at the time, leaving the consequences with Providence.
ATTRIBUTION: BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, letter to Mrs. Jane Mecom, December 30, 1770.—The Works of Benjamin Franklin, ed. Jared Sparks, vol. 7, p. 497 (1838).
SUBJECTS: Public affairs