Human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.
That is one of the many, many memorable quotes from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin.
I picked this book up immediately after hearing Elon Musk talk about it (and later finding a whole slew of fans of it). It’s 500 pages – and well worth the read.
I had always had this sort of elementary school version of Ben Franklin in my head like most every American, but I was really blown away by just how ingenious, influential, industrious, and insightful Ben Franklin was.