Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinEdited by Frank Woodworth PineComplete New Edition'A man of quality....'THE Americans devour eagerly any piece of writing that purports to tell us the secret of success in life; yet how often we are disappointed to find thing but commonplace statements, or receipts that we kw by heart but never follow. Most of the life stories of our famous and successful men fail to inspire because they lack the human element that makes the record real and brings the story within our grasp. While we are searching far and near for some Aladdin's Lamp to give coveted fortune, there is ready at our hand if we will only reach out and take it, like the charm in Milton's Comus, Unkwn, and like esteemed, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon; the interesting, human, and vividly told story of one of the wisest and most useful lives in our own history, and perhaps in any history. In Franklin's Autobiography is offered t so much a ready-made formula for success, as the companionship of a real flesh and blood man of extraordinary mind and quality, whose daily walk and conversation will help us to meet our own difficulties, much as does the example of a wise and strong friend. While we are fascinated by the story, we absorb the human experience through which a strong and helpful character is building.
Benjamin Franklin FRS (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] - April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.