Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), U.S. statesman, writer. Autobiography, ch. 9 (1868).
Written 1771-1790. Earlier in his autobiography (ch. 1), describing his own "disputatious turn" when younger, a habit he had picked up from reading his father's books, Franklin observed, "Persons of good sense ... seldom fall into it, except lawyers, university men, and, generally, men of all sorts who have been bred at Edinburgh."