Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin, (1706-1790) US Founding Father

Benjamin Franklin Quote

“Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”

Benjamin FranklinBenjamin Franklin
~ Benjamin Franklin

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RobertSRQ    11/7/07

The older I get the more I realize that wisdom does not come with age.

Eric, Wichita

My grandmother used to say about the same thing, "Too soon old, too late smart". I think she went out with Ol' Ben couple times. When was 15 I thought she was full of poo. Now that I am 48, I so clearly see she was correct. And she was hot too.

J Carlton, Calgary

Part of the reason we don't wise up until later in life is that "State Run" schools don't teach much other than (patriotic)obedience to the "State". I think we all learned more after school than in it.

warren, olathe

State run school is necessary to keep the left's hopes alive.

Mike, Norwalk

Acknowledging the correctness of Robert's statement, I think I somewhat resemble that remark

Dave, St. Louis MO

Franklin erred once. He said that two things certain were death and taxes, ALL taxes wre abolished along with the money of account in 1968. We cannot pay taxes with dollar bills that the IRS (Imaginary Revenue Scum) said "are not dollars." Instead of abolishing death, our marxist misleaders strive to expedite our demise via abortion, alcohol, alloxan, aluminum, aspartame, caffeine, canola, carageenan, chlorine, fluoride, MSG, Malathion, milk, Nutrasweet, Sucralose, sugar, tobacco, vaccinations and endless wars that our former worst lady, Eleanor Roosevelt said "we don't intend to win," "My people perish for lack of knowledge." Hosea 4:6

Lee Novick, Philadelphia

Where some discover Wisdom and Tolerance, others find only wrinkles and arthritis.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Better late than never, I suppose. Too many willfully ignore life's lessons usually just because they can. That good, old government "safety net" creates a nation of fools.

Robert, St. Emilion, France

And the young don't learn from the old.....

Bob L., Charlotte, VT

Dave: using Franklin's duo, my late father in law said, "few things are certain: death, taxes and change." ( speaking of being wise ! )
Also, in days past, cardboard "wise-sayings" hangings were sold in drug stress et al ... one I recall: 'Ve get too soon oldt and too late schmardt." I didn't realize till now it was [perhaps] making fun of a non WASP group, trying to say Ben Franklin's wise words ?? ... and that would not be good !

jim k, austin tx

I go along with Ben on this one.


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