A Ben Franklin quotation?

Ken Hirsch kenhirsch at FTML.NET
Thu Oct 24 11:13:29 UTC 2013

On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 11:24 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:

> From the H-OIEAHC at H-NET.MSU.EDU (Early America) list:
>  Along these lines, I wonder if anyone can identify the source of
>> this curious quote attributed to Ben Franklin: "Without continual
>> growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and
>> success have no meaning."

All of Franklin's writings are searchable at franklinpapers.org


I can't find anything similar to the alleged quote in that database.

It doesn't sound 18th century to me, either.

The earliest I have found it are (unverified) 1999 and 2000.

http://www.valicenti.com/files/999.pdf#page=5 This PDF was created in 2004,
but it was evidently written in 1999.

>From February 2000:

Ken Hirsch

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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