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" For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged by better information or fuller consideration to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older... "
Works of the Late Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Consisting of His Life, Written by ... - Page 128
by Benjamin Franklin - 1794
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The Cambridge History of American Literature, Volume 1

Cyrus R. K. Patell - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 829 pages
...change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment." The point of this comment is to encourage his divided colleagues to settle for an "apparent unanimity"...
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Early American Writing

Giles B. Gunn - Fiction - 1994 - 629 pages
...change my opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that, the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment of others. Most men, indeed, as well as most sects in religion, think themselves in possession of all...
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Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 361 pages
...change Opinions even on important Subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own Judgment and to pay more Respect to the Judgment of others. Most Men indeed as well as most Sects in Religion, think themselves...
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John Marshall: Definer of a Nation

Jean Edward Smith - Biography & Autobiography - 1998 - 800 pages
...It fell to Benjamin Franklin and James Madison to put the work of the convention into perspective. "The older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment," said the octogenarian Franklin. Not only was he astonished that a constitution that was the product...
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Founding the American Presidency

Richard J. Ellis - History - 1999 - 313 pages
...change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. ... I cannot help expressing a wish that every member of the Convention...
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A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

Carol Berkin - History - 2003 - 310 pages
...of this constitution which I do not at present approve, but I am not sure I shall never approve them [T]he older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most men indeed as well as most sects in Religion, think themselves...
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Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature

Paul Downes - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 239 pages
...apparent unanimity. (Writings, 114o)*'1 The speech is eminently reasonable and explicitly self-deprecating ("the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own judgement and to pay more respect to the judgement of others"-17). What stands out, from a stylistic...
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Democracy Defended

Gerry Mackie - Business & Economics - 2003 - 483 pages
...change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. In such an atmosphere one should not expect individual or collective...
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Journal of the Federal Convention

United States. Constitutional Convention, James Madison - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 805 pages
...change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that, the older I grow, the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment, of others. Most men, indeed, as well as most sects in religion, think themselves...
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A Benjamin Franklin Reader

Benjamin Franklin - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 551 pages
...change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise. It is therefore that the older I grow the more apt I am to doubt my own judgment, and to pay more respect to the judgment of others. Most men indeed as well as most sects in religion, think themselves...
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