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Out of the Way

  • Glenn Otis Brown
  • Published: October 13, 2003
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.0000009

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Source of the quote

Posted by Mietchen on 29 Oct 2010 at 12:43 GMT

“Knowledge [is] not the personal property of its discoverer, but the common property of all,” wrote Benjamin Franklin, the great cosmopolitan, polymath, and patron saint of innovation. As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.”

This quote is interesting and often cited (with the "[is]" replaced by "was", yet I could not find its original source. I think it should have been indicated here.

Minor correction: Quotation mark before "As we enjoy" is missing.

No competing interests declared.