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Who said it: Lincoln or Franklin?

November 16, 2012 by NCC Staff


This Monday marks the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. But can you tell difference between one of Abe’s most famous quotes and famous sayings from Benjamin Franklin?


Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin are probably the two most quoted figures in American history.


Lincoln’s public career came three or four generations after the heyday of the Founding Fathers. He was born in 1809, just after Thomas Jefferson left office as president.


The future president grew up on the frontier and became an adult during Andrew Jackson’s terms in the White House. All the while, Lincoln studied history and speechmaking—and he was very familiar with the Founding Fathers’ writings.


As most orators of the time, Lincoln was also familiar with the homespun sayings that were the hallmark of Franklin’s publishing career 100 years earlier.


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So can you tell a Lincoln saying from a Franklin saying?


Take our quiz below and after you finish the 10 questions, get ready for a few surprises, including one quote straight out of “The Godfather.”


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