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Quotation by Benjamin Franklin
We are not certain, we are never certain. If we were we could reach some conclusions, and we could, at last, make others take us seriously. In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), U.S. statesman, writer. letter, Nov. 13, 1789. Complete Works, vol. 10, ed. John Bigelow (1887-1888).
For a similar observation, see Charles Dickens on "truth."
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