Franklin’s wisdom for US: Do good to others for the goodness you have received.
The expression pay it forward means “respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else.” Franklin lived his life as a way of paying it forward through his many acts of kindness to others, both in small ways and large.
Franklin helped a gentleman (thought to be a minister) recover from an illness, and this was Franklin’s response to the thanks he received from the gentleman. Franklin asked him to pay it forward.
Franklin followed his request with these additional wise words.
Twenty-eight years later, Franklin wrote a similar sentiment to a prisoner (a priest captured by the French privateer), providing him with some financial assistance. Rather than requesting repayment of the debt, Franklin added:
Franklin’s call to action for US: Do goodness to others, always.
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“The only thanks I should desire is, that you would always be equally ready to serve any other person that may need your assistance, and so let good offices go round, for mankind are all of a family.”