Benjamin Franklin quote about youth from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - There was great difference in persons; and discretion did not always accompany years, nor was youth always without it.
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There was great difference in persons; and discretion did not always accompany years, nor was youth always without it.
 Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791). copy citation

Context

“The breaking into this money of Vernon's was one of the first great errata of my life; and this affair show'd that my father was not much out in his judgment when he suppos'd me too young to manage business of importance. But Sir William, on reading his letter, said he was too prudent. There was great difference in persons; and discretion did not always accompany years, nor was youth always without it. "And since he will not set you up," says he, "I will do it myself. Give me an inventory of the things necessary to be had from England, and I will send for them. You shall repay me when you are able; I am resolv'd to have a good printer here, and I am sure you must succeed."” source

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