“Life is a kind of Chess, in which we have often points to gain, and competitors or adversaries to contend with.”*

– *Benjamin Franklin

From: Chapter Thirteen (1770-c.1771) of Benjamin Franklin in London (2016) by George Goodwin:

“One can also conclude that he not only enjoyed his lifestyle in London, but relished the challenge of influencing events there. It is hard to disagree with Jerry Weinberger’s straightforward judgement about Franklin, particularly when applied to this part of his life, that “He was moved to politics, in my view, not by pride or anger and certainly not by any sense of moral obligation, but rather because he liked it, as much as he liked chess, and…Franklin did what Franklin liked.” “

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